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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 05/04/2021.

Group Director of Communications

Job Reference: 349-COR-239-21

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Oxford Road Campus, Manchester
£91,004 - £104,927 per annum

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the UK, employing over 25,000 staff.

We are responsible for running a family of ten hospitals across seven separate sites, providing a wide range of services from comprehensive local general hospital care through to highly specialised regional and national services.

We are the main provider of hospital care to approximately 750,000 people in Manchester and Trafford and the single biggest provider of specialised services in the North West of England. We are also the lead provider for a significant number of specialised services including Breast Care, Vascular, Cardiac, Respiratory, Urology Cancer, Paediatrics, Women’s Services, Ophthalmology and Genomic Medicine.

Our vision is to improve the health and quality of life of our diverse population by building an organisation that:

  • Excels in quality, safety, patient experience, research, innovation and teaching
  • Attracts, develops and retains great people
  • Is recognised internationally as a leading healthcare provider.

Group Director of Communications – Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Discover what Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) is all about by considering us for your next and best career move and you will quickly realise it’s ‘All Here for You’ in more ways than one. As the largest NHS Trust in England, MFT is on an exciting mission to deliver high-quality care to the people of Manchester, Trafford and beyond. And what better way to help us do this than by joining us as our Group Director of Communications.

Size, scale and complexity is what makes MFT unique with over 25,000 staff caring for more than a million patients a year. Combining 10 hospitals and community services from across Manchester and Trafford, we provide a comprehensive range of patient care and services.

Excitingly, we are looking to appoint a talented and forward-thinking Group Director of Communications to lead our dynamic and innovative Communications Team. This is a rare and unique opportunity to share the story of how we are delivering outstanding care for the people of Manchester and beyond, while working in one of the most complex and vibrant NHS Foundation Trusts in the country.


As Group Director of Communications, you will be a key member of the Workforce and Corporate Business Directorate Senior Leadership Team, responsible for the overall leadership, development and delivery of an innovative strategic communications and engagement strategy for MFT. It goes without saying you will provide expert professional communications leadership, guidance and support to the Board of Directors and senior leaders across the Trust, including advice on media management best practice.

This is an exceptional opportunity to take the lead on shaping and delivering a comprehensive digital, media relations, marketing and reputation management service. You will also drive robust and dynamic staff engagement programmes, to support effective internal communication across our individual Hospitals/Managed Clinical Services/Local Care Organisations. In essence, quite simply you will be instrumental in putting MFT on the map locally, regionally and nationally, not only as an outstanding care provider but as an employer of choice too.

About You

You must have the ability to inspire and engage as well as significant senior level experience in leading Communications Teams with confidence. Your sense of purpose and commitment to achieving results coupled with the gravitas to influence people is essential. You will be a bold, politically savvy and emotionally intelligent leader with proven experience of shaping organisational communications strategies, as well as personally delivering outstanding results as a seasoned communications professional. Additionally, you will have a tried and tested track record of working in a large and complex organisation, advising a Board of Directors, and be highly skilled in building collaborative and supportive relationships with a flexible, can do attitude. Experience of operating in a complex Group structure, or at least a familiarity with the concept, would be advantageous, and recent experience of working in or with the NHS is essential.

With a relevant post graduate qualification or equivalent experience and a track record of continuous personal development, you will be accustomed to a demanding job, operating at ease in rapidly evolving situations. Accustomed to engendering an environment in which innovation thrives, you will be motivated by working creatively and collaboratively with senior leaders including Group Executive Directors to develop sustainable strategies that achieve outstanding results.

This is an unrivalled, high profile role for an exceptional individual with drive, passion and a desire to enhance the reputation of the largest, most complex and vibrant NHS Foundation Trust in England. We cannot wait to hear from you.

Application closes: Midnight on Monday 5th April

Preliminary Telephone Interviews (via Microsoft Teams): Friday 9th April

Part 1 - Assessment and selection Centre: Friday 30th April (All day)

Part 2 - Final Panel Interview: Thursday 6th May

For a copy of the Candidate Recruitment Information Pack or for further information about the role please contact: Sinéad Gamble, Talent and Resourcing Manager via email or via phone on 0161 701 0212

We may decide to close this vacancy earlier than the published closing date if sufficient applications are received.

Trust policy requires that the cost of submitting & processing the successful applicant/s DBS application be recovered via salary deduction in the first 3 months following start in post. The amount of £29.50(standard disclosure) or £47.50 (enhanced disclosure) If you wish to withdraw once a DBS application has commenced you will be still liable for payment.

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of race, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership are encouraged to apply for this post.

We welcome applicants from the Armed Forces Community.

Please be aware that all roles at MFT(except Medical and Dental posts) are subject to a probationary period.

If you have any personal requirements that will enable you to participate in our recruitment process please contact a member of the Recruitment Services by phone on 0161 276 6198.

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This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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