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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 17/08/2021.

Communications Officer - The AHSN Network - Band 5

Job Reference: 427-CEF20210762

West of England Academic Health Science Network
£24,907 to £30,615 pa

Funded by NHS England, The Office for Life Sciences and NHS Improvement, the West of England Academic Health Science Network exists to accelerate the spread of innovative, evidence-based practice to improve health and care in the West of England. We work with all five acute Trusts, five Clinical Commissioning Groups, five community providers, two mental health Trusts and three universities in the West of England. We also work closely with local businesses, small and medium enterprises, Local Enterprise Partnerships and a range of other academic partners to facilitate the adoption and spread of innovation into health and social care.

We are committed to improving outcomes for patients through improving access to research, applying evidence and ensuring consistency of clinical practice. We run projects working at scale to spread evidence-based quality improvements across the region.

Our highly collaborative network accelerates the scale and pace of delivering consistent good practice across our communities. This work is underpinned by high levels of collaboration with industry to ensure that we are innovative, enhance patient outcomes and drive up wealth in our local economy.

We host the Patient Safety Collaborative for the West of England and manage a wide improvement agenda working across all health care sectors. Our aim is to reduce incidents of harm and improve quality. We are committed to supporting and building the quality improvement capability and capacity of our local organisations.

Communications Officer - The AHSN Network - Band 5

We're looking for an exceptional Communications Officer to join our national Academic Health Science Network (AHSN Network) communications team.

The AHSN Network is comprised of 15 AHSNs across England,
established by NHS England in 2013 to spread innovation at pace and scale.

This role will work nationally, across the 15 AHSNs, to seek out and present great AHSN Network and local AHSN content on a national stage. They will work to maximise our full engagement potential, building awareness of the AHSNs’ profile and collective impact, focusing both on internal communications across the AHSNs, and external engagement with national stakeholders, including individuals and organisations.

The post holder will be passionate about the NHS and a great storyteller, able to present information in a compelling way via a range of channels including social media, web and digital, slide decks, reports and marketing collateral.

This role will be offered on a one-year fixed term basis as a maternity leave cover position.

The role is advertised on a full-time basis however flexible working requests and less than full time working patterns will be considered. The role is a home-based/remote opportunity, with the West of England AHSN acting as the ‘hosting’ organisation. Occasional national travel and infrequent office working may be required.

If you are interested in discussing the role, please contact the AHSN Network’s Senior Communications Manager, Jayne Holgate for an informal conversation:

Interview Dates: 19th August and 20th August 2021.

Should we receive high level of applications, this vacancy may be expired early. We therefore encourage you to submit your application as soon as you are able to. If you feel you need additional time to do this please contact the recruitment team to discuss how we may be able to help.

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If you are successful in being offered a position at the Trust, your information will be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Record database and a local file will be created and retained on site at the Trust. For further information about how we use your data, please refer to our privacy notice attached to this advert.

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All communications will be sent to you by email, via NHS Jobs. Please ensure you check your NHS Jobs account regularly for communications. If you have not been contacted within four weeks of the closing date (5 weeks for consultant posts) you should assume you have not been shortlisted for interview. Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, we will not be able to provide feeback on application forms.

We will request references covering the last three years of work or study by email. One referee must be your current/most recent line manager or tutor. Please supply an organisational email address for your referees on your application form so that we can verify the reference.

Tier 2 Sponsorship (formerly Work Permit):

Applicants who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitable EU/EEA candidate is appointable as the employing body is unlikely to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test required by UK Visas and Immigration. For further information please visit UK Visas and Immigration website.

Please note, unless stated in the advert, we are not able to pay interview or relocation expenses.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

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