Head of Communications (Partnerships and Transformation)

Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust
Stott Lane, Salford
£58,972 to £68,525 a year per annum
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
If you want to play a part in creating a healthier community for Greater Manchester, take your place with us.

Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust (NCA) has a dedicated team of around 20,000 colleagues - our NCA family - providing a range of community and hospital services to over one million people across Bury, Oldham, Rochdale and Salford, as well as providing more specialist care services to patients across Greater Manchester and beyond.

NCA is a place where success is achievable and every day offers the challenges, empowerment, freedom and support necessary to break new ground and improve the lives of the communities we serve.

We are looking for an experienced communications professional, with honed communications skills and the ability to hit the ground running.

As Head of Communications, you will be strategic and hands on, supporting and guiding our leaders in delivering excellent communications for our colleagues, patients, service users and their families.

Working with two other Heads of Communications you will need in-depth media handling competence, internal communications exemplar skills, marketing, digital and stakeholder experience.

You will have specific leadership responsibility for Partnerships and Transformation:including external communications and media management, professional partnerships, and the transformation of the communications function.

Main duties of the job

The post holder reports to the NCA Director of Communications and Fundraising and has responsibility, as part of the Communications Senior Leadership Team, for the delivery of the Group communications functions, supporting our Care Organisations and corporate functions to meet the needs of our people and the patients and populations we serve. The post holder will lead the delivery of communications for our colleagues, patients, partners and wider stakeholders.

The Head of Communications is responsible for highly complex, timely, clear, efficient, strategic and operational communications to internal and external audiences. The Head of Communications will develop and implement integrated marketing, communications, branding and reputation management initiatives, consistent with the NCAs objectives and priorities. They will lead a multi-disciplinary team to provide technical advice and guidance on appropriate communications solutions.

About us

The Northern Care Alliance (NCA) is one of the largest NHS organisations in the country. Launched in April 2017, the NCA serves over one million people across Greater Manchester and employs over 19,000 healthcare professionals across Bury, Rochdale, Salford and Oldham. The sheer size, scale and potential of our combined service is huge. At the NCA, we can offer groupwide, flexible multi-site opportunities, as part of our connected, integrated and engaged team. We believe in saving and improving lives and are passionate about driving forward significant improvements to the provision of safe, high-quality integrated health and social care to our local community. If you share our vision, take your place with us.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To read more information about the advertised role, and the main job duties/responsibilities please open the Job Description and Person Specification located under the supporting documents heading.

Further detail around the NCA Procurement Team, including our departmental structure and procurement department newsletter, can be found by visiting our website:Procurement :: Northern Care Alliance

You can also read more information about working at the Northern Care Alliance within the attached Candidate Information Pack or by visiting our careers website:www.careers.northerncarealliance.nhs.uk

In line with the Trust's Single Equality Scheme we welcome applications from everyone irrespective of ethnic origin, disability, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, marital status, social background or trade union membership. However, as members of ethnicity minority groups and individuals with disabilities are currently under-represented at this level of post, we would encourage applications from members of this group. Appointments will be based on merit alone.

Person Specification



  • Educated to Degree level or equivalent level of experience
  • Additional management or specialist communications qualification at post graduate level or equivalent level of experience
  • Evidence of continuous professional and personal development


  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and / or Institute of Public Relations

Knowledge and Experience


  • Minimum of five years communications experience at a senior management level
  • Experience in media relations of a proactive or reactive nature
  • Experience of managing a service and budget management
  • Knowledge and experience of devising, formulating and implementing communications strategies and plans


  • Experience of working in a Group structure and across organisational boundaries

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to 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) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

Employer details

Employer name

Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust


NCA Group Wide


Stott Lane, Salford

M6 8HD

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