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GIRFT Communications and Media Relations Manager

Job Reference: 392-GIRFT43

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust
Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT)
Oxfordshire and London
AFC Band 8a Salary (Please see advert)

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 a Communications and Media Relations Manager to support the national Getting it Right First Time (GIRFT) Programme which works with hospital trusts to improve clinical care and patient outcomes.

The role is to deliver effective media management, integrated with communications and engagement activities for the Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme, and to ensure delivery of excellent and effective internal and external communications to all stakeholders.

GIRFT 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 post holder will be responsible for delivering multi-strand communications and engagement to a wide range of internal and external audiences. Specifically, the role involves providing media management support to the central communications and engagement team working out of offices in Oxfordshire and London. The role also requires senior level communications support for the production of GIRFT’s national clinical specialty reports and to deliver the associated publicity plans in liaison with senior GIRFT and NHS Improvement colleagues.

The post holder will be responsible for the line management of a communications officer.

This is an exciting role working across multiple organisations which will suit a self-starter capable of working independently as well as part of a wider team. Whilst previous communications experience in health and the NHS would be a benefit, it is not essential. The role requires demonstrated experience of media handling, and the production of reports, publications and publicity materials, along with excellent written and oral skills, and the ability to work under pressure and to strict deadlines.

The payscale for this post is AFC band 8a, if your base of work is Central London then an additional £6,469 per annum London Weighting will apply.

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.

RNOH uses identification scanning technology to confirm the authenticity of key documents such as Passports, Driving Licences etc. It is a condition of appointment that all prospective employees of RNOH have their original documents verified using this technology.

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.

In submitting an application form, you authorise the RNOH to confirm any previous NHS service details via the Electronic Staff Record Inter Authority Transfer process should you be appointed to the post.

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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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