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Communications Officer

Job Reference: 384-LH-2911

Employer:
Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Department:
384 497830 Comms & Marketing
Location:
Guildford, Surrey
Salary:
£24,174 to £31,088 pa inc. HCAS

The Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides services from one acute hospital in Guildford and two adult community services hospitals across Surrey. We employ over 4,000 staff and serve over two million people locally and regionally. We have recently been rated as ‘Good; by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and ‘Outstanding’ for being responsive to people’s needs and for our maternity services and ‘Good’ for being caring, effective and safe. We believe that our people are the key to this success and the fact that going the extra mile is inbuilt within our teams. The recent appointment of a new CEO means you would be joining the board at an exciting time.

The Trust serves a population of over 330,000 across south west Surrey. We are a specialist tertiary cancer centre, offering state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services to a population of up to two million.

It is an innovative hospital packed with ambition and is an excellent place to start your career as well as move it up a gear or to continue developing yourself professionally.

A regional cancer centre for Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire, it is also a tertiary specialist centre for ENT and Maxillofacial surgery. It attracts referrals from across the whole country for other specialties (i.e. urology). The Minimal Access Therapy Training Unit (key-hole surgery) is one of only three such training units in the UK.

The Trust has strong links with the nearby University of Surrey and staff are well supported if they wish to undertake further study. As well as this, staff are able to develop and enhance skills and knowledge by undertaking post-qualification support and training at the hospital’s dedicated Education Centre. These are just some of the training and development opportunities available to staff.

The Trust celebrated its 150th birthday on 27 April 2016.


The Trust is ambitious and keen to share the excellent work it is doing. It is investing in a new Communications, Engagement and Marketing (CEM) strategy and is keen for passionate communicators to join the team.

These two new roles have been created to help deliver the new strategy and represent an exciting time to join the CEM team and the Trust. The new strategy brings together the three elements for the first time and shows the value the organisation places in good communications.

We are looking for enthusiastic and passionate communicators to help us on that journey. You will be joining a growing team and will ideally have a variety of communications skills. In this role you will be the key contact for one of our clinical areas and will need to be able to demonstrate an ability to create engaging communications for internal and external audiences, work effectively with the media and other stakeholders and be able to work across traditional and digital channels.

Particular experience in internal communications, engagement or marketing would be an advantage.

This is a great time to join us. We have a new CEO and this year Royal Surrey became the first in the UK to work with a partnership of local GPs to provide community services. Royal Surrey is a Trust keen to build on its successes.

We are also serious about your development and will provide training and support to help you develop your skills further.

For further information, please see attached job description and person specification. If you would like to discuss this role, please contact Chris Davies (Associate Director of Communications, Engagement and Marketing) on chris.davies23@nhs.net, 01483 57112 ext 5251 or 07970 426 751.




If you are interested in applying for this post please use the links provided to access the full job description/person specification and apply online.

The Trust is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all its employees as well as maintaining a workforce that broadly reflects the local communities we serve. In accordance with the Equality Act, we welcome applications from anyone who meets the specific criteria of the post regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender reassignment, marital status, pregnancy, religion or belief or sexual orientation. Reasonable adjustments to the interview process can also be made for any candidates with a disability.

Important:

  • The closing date given is a guide only. There may be some occasions where we have to close a vacancy once sufficient applications have been received. It is therefore advisable that you submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
  • Please ensure you check your emails regularly as this is how we will communicate with you throughout the recruitment process.
  • If you have not heard from us within three weeks after the closing date, we regret that this usually means that your application was not successful.
  • In submitting an application form, you authorise Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to confirm any previous NHS service details via the Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process should you be appointed to the post.

The trust aims to treat all applicants fairly in regards to any disclosure of conviction revealed at the application stage. Having a criminal record will not necessarily bar you from working with us. This will depend on the nature of the position and the circumstances and background of your offences. If you currently reside outside of the UK we will require documentary proof of security/police clearance, in English.

The Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has a safeguarding policy for both adults and children and is committed to all safeguarding legislation and current standards.


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