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GIRFT Regional Communications Lead

Job Reference: 392-GIRFT45

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust
Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT)
North of England/Midlands/Southen England
£31,696- £41,787 per annum

The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust (RNOH) provides a comprehensive range of neuro-musculoskeletal health care, ranging from the most acute spinal injury or complex bone tumour to orthopaedic medicine and specialist rehabilitation for chronic back pain sufferers. This broad range of neuro-musculoskeletal services is unique within the NHS.

We are looking to appoint three regional Communications Leads based in the North of England, Midlands and Southern England to work as part of a wider stakeholder engagement and communications team supporting a national NHS programme Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) which works with hospital trusts to improve clinical care and patient outcomes.

The programme works across 35 surgical and medical specialties as part of a partnership between the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust and NHS Improvement to deliver recommendations in Lord Carter’s report (February 2016) to improve the quality and efficiency of patient care by identifying and reducing unwarranted variation in acute trusts.

The Communications Leads will work with GIRFT teams based in three regional Hubs and will advise colleagues including the Hub Director and GIRFT senior management team on communications issues and raising the profile of the programme among key audiences. The role will involve developing communications plans associated with Hub decisions and developments in liaison with the Senior Hub Communications Manager.

The Communications Leads will need to establish effective relationships with communications teams in NHS trusts, clinical commissioning groups, and the Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STP) falling within the Hub’s implementation remit. They will be the first point of contact within the Hub for media enquiries and will provide proactive and reactive media management in liaison with GIRFT’s central communications and engagement team.

Whilst previous communications experience in health and the NHS would be a benefit, it is not essential. The role requires a highly motivated individual with the ability to work from multiple locations within the region and who has experience of rapidly developing contacts and networks with stakeholders. The post holder will also have sound experience of creating newsletters and publicity materials, and producing content for our website and social media channels.

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We are committed to equal opportunities in employment and offer a range of flexible working practices. Part-time and job share applications will be considered.

All new appointments (excluding all Medical & Dental doctors) are subject to 6 months’ probation period.

RNOH is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We follow safe recruitment practices to protect children and vulnerable adults.

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We reserve the right to expire vacancies prior to the advertised closing date once a sufficient number of quality applications have been received. We regret that we are unable to provide notification if your application is unsuccessful.

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The RNOH operates a Smoke-Free Policy. Smoking is not permitted on any of the Trust’s premises (including the grounds that those premises are sited on) or in any Trust owned vehicle. Applicants should be aware that it might not be possible to smoke throughout working hours.

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