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Deputy Director of Communications and Engagement

Job Reference: 358-1927705-SR

University Hospitals of Leicester
LE1 5WW, Leicester
73,936 - 86,687

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Deputy Director of Communications and Engagement at one of the biggest and busiest NHS trusts in the country.

The University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (Leicester’s Hospitals) is looking for a dynamic, innovative communications leader who will build on, and maximise opportunities to improve, the reputation of the Trust locally, nationally and internationally.

You will manage a team including communications, visual media, engagement and patient/public involvement who work across the Trust, which is made up of over 15,000 staff serving the one million residents of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland – and increasingly specialist services over a much wider area.

As well as providing strategic communications advice and support to the Trust, this role will work in partnership within the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland health and social care system to help deliver a step change in how communications and engagement supports the development of services across the local area.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Demonstrate a substantial track record of innovation and successful delivery in a complex, commercial environment
  • Have outstanding interpersonal skills and strong political acumen
  • Demonstrate personal credibility and an ability to build relationships and partnerships both internally and externally
  • Demonstrate personal resilience and an empowering leadership style
  • Be committed to high quality services and patient care

If you feel you have the vision, leadership skills and drive, as well as the necessary experience and values to help take us to the next level, we want to hear from you.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Mark Wightman, Director of Strategy and Communications via 0116 258 8952.

We will close vacancies prior to the published closing date if we receive a sufficient number of completed application forms.

Preference will be given in the first instance to existing NHS employees within the East Midlands healthcare community who are ‘at risk’ of redundancy. Such employees within the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust will be considered first.”

Important Information

Applications will be transferred to TRAC system, by completing an application you are giving authorisation for the transfer of your data.

Correspondence regarding your application will be sent to you by email via a TRAC system account.

UHL is an equal opportunities employer. We aim to employ a workforce that reflects the diverse communities we serve and where discrimination is outlawed, and staff and service users are equally valued and supported. We welcome applications from people from all backgrounds who match our job criteria.

We especially welcome applications from members of our black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, as we have identified that UHL has an under-representation of BAME employees at band 7 and above.

Applicants who have a disability and meet the essential criteria for the job will be interviewed if you indicate you wish to be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme. If you require a reasonable adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process please make the recruitment services team aware as soon as possible.

Appointments will be made on merit.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

If this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) .

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

We welcome applications from individuals who require Tier 2 sponsorship. NON-EEA candidates may not be appointed, if a suitably EU/EEA candidate is successful it is unlikely that the Trust is able to satisfy the Home Office Visa requirements.

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