Current vacancies at the Trust

Communications Officer

Band 5

Main area
Band 5
Fixed Term until 31 March 2020
37.5 hours per week
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Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Minerva House
£26,554 - £34,495 p.a inclusive of HCA
26/04/2018 23:59

Join us and become part of the most engaged workforce of any NHS trust in England, according to the latest national NHS Staff Survey results – for the second year running.

You will be joining a dynamic and forward-looking organisation in the heart of the capital where you can develop your career and broaden your horizons.

We think you will enjoy working for us but you don’t have to take our word for it – 79% of staff who took part in the latest national NHS Staff Survey would recommend Guy’s and St Thomas’ as a place to work.

We are looking for an experienced communications officer to join our team at the NIHR Clinical Research Network Coordinating Centre in London. You will play a key role in our growing team, taking responsibility for specific projects and delivering communications, mainly focused on our engagement programmes, including Join Dementia Research. This programme is designed to increase the number of people taking part in clinical research, ultimately improving the lives of people living with dementia.

Experience in communications, public relations or marketing – ideally supported by a relevant professional qualification – is a pre-requisite.

You will deliver communications activities that will encourage members of the public to get involved in clinical research. You will work alongside the Communications Manager and other stakeholders to promote research involvement and the benefits to patients, public and clinicians, so excellent writing and interpersonal skills are a must.

Digital communications is particularly important and the post holder will be responsible for the day-to-day management of a wide range of digital marketing tools including:
- Website
- Intranet
- Social media
- Email marketing

In return we can offer NHS terms and conditions, an excellent pension scheme and holiday allowance, modern offices in the centre of London together with the chance to further develop your skills and gain experience in a highly rewarding role.

If you have exceptional interpersonal personal skills and are resilient, organised, and comfortable working with a wide range of people we would love to hear from you. Flexibility is important too: your responsibilities may change as the priorities of NIHR CRN evolve.

NHS experience would be a benefit but is not essential if candidates have a strong background in communications campaigns/behaviour change programmes. We need someone who can pick up projects quickly and has a reputation of supporting successful communications campaigns.

The NIHR Clinical Research Network is part of the National Institute for Health Research. We provide researchers with the practical support they need to make clinical studies happen in the NHS, so that more research takes place across England, and more patients can take part. This practical support includes: reducing the “red-tape” around setting up a study; enhancing NHS resources, by funding the people and facilities needed to carry out research “on the ground”; helping researchers to identify suitable NHS sites, and recruit patients to take part in research studies; advising researchers on how to make their study “work” in the NHS environment.

Closing date: 26th April 2018 at midnight

Interviews will be held in London on w/c 7th May 2018 and there will be an assessment as part of the interview.

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Applicant requirements

Applications from job seekers 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 suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

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Further details / informal visits contact

For more information about the post please contact Hannah Joseph, Communications Manager ( or 020 3328 6742).

If you have problems applying, contact

020 7188 7188

The main telephone number for recruitment is 0207 188 1700.

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