Head of Communications

South East Region
Band 8b £45,707 - £56,504 pa
26 Mar 2014
22 Apr 2014
Job reference 292-S017-13
Full Time
Contract Type

The Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex is actively seeking to recruit an experienced Head of Communications. As Head of Communications you will be expected to act on your own initiative identifying communications opportunities, protecting the Trust’s reputation and providing expert advice and support to colleagues across the Trust including the Chief Executive, the Executive Team and the Trust Board.
As a key member of the Trust’s senior management team the post holder will be responsible for influencing and shaping effective internal and external
communications, stakeholder engagement and reputation management, leading the implementation and evaluation of the Trust’s communication and
engagement strategy to support the delivery of its strategic aims and objectives.
This will include leading on staff communications and engagement initiatives
which support transformational change and embed the Trust’s visions, values and strategic objectives ensuring communications activity supports the Trust in
achieving foundation trust status.
Knowledge, Training & Experience Required: Educated to Masters Level or
equivalent experience; Hold a Chartered Institute of Public Relations Advanced
Certificate/ Diploma or equivalent; A highly developed knowledge of
communication theories and practices, both in terms of strategy and
implementation within the public sector; Ability to engage effectively with
different audience groups - To understand their communications needs, feelings and reactions and demonstrate constant awareness of the mood and motivation of staff, NHS stakeholders and third parties; An understanding of (or evidence of adaptability to healthcare provision), its environment and financial
management; Skilled at using business acumen to enhance the communications service and the Trust’s ‘commercial’ activities; Ability to analyse and interpret highly complex communication issues/media enquiries and devise the appropriate course of action.
For more information please contact Professor Nancy Fontaine or
Gerry Moore on 01279 827115.