Deputy Communications & Engagement Lead - Part-time

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WorkplaceCambridge, East of England, UK

Deputy Communications & Engagement Lead - Part-time

Everyone wants safe and high-quality healthcare. At THIS Institute (The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute), we believe efforts to improve care should always be based on the highest quality evidence. We bring together healthcare staff, patients, policymakers, and academics to provide clarity on what works in improving healthcare, what doesn’t, and why.

The Deputy Communications and Engagement Lead plays a pivotal role in delivering of the institute’s mission. The unprecedented range of challenges facing the NHS is consistently at the top of the political and media agenda, and how we can address the challenges facing the healthcare workforce, patient safety, and performance is one of the key questions of our time. In this role, you will assist with the design and implementation of an ambitious communications and engagement strategy that builds THIS’ Institute’s profile and reputation as a research institute that is grounded in the issues that matter most to NHS staff and patients, and advocates for better use of evidence in healthcare policy and practice.

You will lead the institute’s strategy for corporate and research communications. You will oversee, quality assure and sign off communications plans, messaging, and activity within defined areas of responsibility. In addition, you will lead our work to improve equity, diversity, and inclusion practices across all our communications and engagement activities.

We are looking for a strategic thinker who can grasp complex academic ideas and communicate effectively. You will have a track record of developing and implementing high-profile communications and engagement strategies that draw on a range of communications tools and disciplines, including digital communications, public affairs, academic editorship and publishing, brand management, stakeholder engagement, internal communications, events management, marketing, and data management.

Maternity cover this post is fixed term for one year or the return of the post holder, whichever is the earlier.

The position is part time, 30 hours per week to be worked over 4 days. Working days to be agreed.

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Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Strangeways Research Laboratory, Worts Causeway, Cambridge CB1 8RN (approximately 2 miles south of the city centre)

Informal enquiries can be made to Danielle Doyle,

Closing date: 10 December 2023

Interview Date: 18/19 December 2023

Interview Date: To be confirmed

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and a CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference RH39491 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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Department of Public Health and Primary Care, THIS Institute




21 November 2023

Closing date
10 December 2023

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In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 242637.