Strategic Communications Manager

  • Location

    United Kingdom

  • Sector:

    Health & Social Care, Medicine

  • Salary:

    £38,890 - £44,503 pro rata, per annum

  • Published:

    4 months ago

  • Expiry date:


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Our Organisation

NHS England and NHS Improvement came together on 1 April 2019 as a new single organisation. The NHS Long Term Plan focuses on delivering integrated care to patients at the local level and we can best support the NHS to deliver this as a single integrated organisation.

At the NHS, we are reminded every day of how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement whether that’s job share, part time or another flexible pattern. In addition,  although the role advertised may have an ‘home’ office base indicated, we remain committed to supporting flexibility around workplace locations. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

Our new operating model represents a strong shift to regional delivery supported by expert corporate teams. Local health systems are supported by our integrated regional teams who play a major leadership role in the geographies they manage.

We are jointly committed to creating and maintaining a fair and supportive working environment and culture, where contributions are fully recognised and valued by all and staff feel empowered to carry out their duties to the best of their abilities. As employers we are committed to promoting and protecting the physical and mental health and well-being of all our staff. This underpins our values as set out in the NHS Constitution, supports us to be an Employer of Choice and ultimately enables our employees to support the effective care of our patients.

Are you passionate about improving the lives of people with cancer?  Do you want to ensure more people survive cancer than ever before? Working in the NHS Cancer Programme, that’s exactly what you’ll do.

Working in the NHS Cancer Programme Team, you will set the agenda for cancer services in England.  Working with patients, clinicians, charities and across the public sector, our aim is to reduce preventable cancers, diagnose cancer earlier, increase survival and improve the quality of life and experience for cancer patients.  We develop national policy and strategy, and work with our Cancer Alliances across the country to transform services for patients. 

This is an exciting time for the NHS Cancer Programme. Our work to implement the Independent Cancer Taskforce strategy has already started to transform the experience of cancer patients across England. The publication of the Long-Term Plan for the NHS provides us with an opportunity to go even further. You will be instrumental in delivering on our ambition to diagnose three in four cancers at an early stage so that even more people survive cancer in the future. 

The Cancer Programme Team takes its responsibility to promote equality and diversity seriously. We respect colleagues from different backgrounds and embrace different cultural preferences in everything we do.

Are you a communications professional with a passion for supporting the continued improvement of cancer care and services across the NHS?  

As a Communications Manager in the NHS Cancer Programme, the post holder will work as part of skilled communications team to ensure a strategic, integrated, and effective approach to communications across the programme, aligned to the NHS E/I corporate communications strategy, including:  

  • Develop and implement communications strategies across NHS England business priority areas

  • Stakeholder engagement in order to support comms plans

  • Liaise with appropriate functions, especially priority programmes, within the organisation

  • Work with colleagues across Comms division both nationally and regionally

  • To provide communications advice and support with a strong focus on explaining internally and externally the work of NHS England to deliver improved quality and outcomes of healthcare

  • To develop and deliver corporate and programme communications, marketing and engagement strategies that are aligned to NHS England priorities, designed to achieve the best communication outcomes and support achievement of business objectives and the improvement in patient care and experience

  • To develop and deliver communications, marketing and engagement strategies based on rigorous insight, evidence and evaluation, in order to continuously improve the effectiveness of the work of the team and organisation

  • To maintain a good understanding of emerging communication channels and technologies

  • To uphold organisational policies and principles on the promotion of equality

  • To create an inclusive working environment where diversity is valued, everyone can contribute, and everyday actions ensure we meet our duty to uphold and promote equality

  • To take account of diversity in developing communication strategies and materials to ensure that they are accessible, meaningful and understandable to the greatest number of audiences, and use diverse images and content

  • To build strong and effective working relationships with the communications teams of a range of organisations in order to better collaborate in communicating information to shared audiences

  • To work in partnership with others and as part of cross directorate teams to deliver successful outcomes

  • To facilitate effective liaison with people at all levels, including senior staff at the Department of Health, Government Departments, MPs, senior staff in the NHS and partner organisations

This role is offered on a part time basis (2 days/15 hours per week).