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Head of Strategic Communications

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year PA PRO RATA
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Part Time
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust is looking for a communications and engagement professional to join our team as maternity cover in a key role. The ideal candidate will have experience of developing and implementing effective internal and external communications campaigns, engaging with key stakeholders including members of the public and trust colleagues, and the ability to provide a professional, strategic communications and engagement advice and support.

Working in partnership with others (both within the trust and with system partners) is a critical part of the role, so great interpersonal skills are essential, as is the ability to be creative, have a can do attitude and the resilience to work under pressure.The post provides an excellent opportunity to further existing, or gain new, experience of working within the NHS within a senior communications role.

Main duties of the job

To support the Associate Director of Communications and Engagement in providing strategic communications and engagement advice and delivery, ensuring that the trust communicates and engages well with all its key audiences.

About us

We are proud to provide 'Outstanding' care and be a great place to work

We provide safe, compassionate and high quality care to half a million people living or visiting East Sussex. We are one of the largest organisations in East Sussex, the only integrated provider of acute and community care in Sussex. Our extensive services are provided by 7000 + members of staff working from acute hospitals in Hastings and Eastbourne, three community hospitals in Bexhill, Rye and Uckfield, over 100 community sites and in people's own homes.

In 2020 the Care Quality Commission rated us as 'Good' overall, and 'Outstanding' for being caring and effective. The Conquest Hospital and our Community Services are rated 'Outstanding'. Eastbourne DGH rated 'Good'.

In 2020, the Trust launched its ambitious 'Building for our Future' programme. This once in a lifetime programme aims to repair, redevelop and expand our hospitals, transforming the environment in which we provide care for generations to come.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description. For any further questions or queries, please contact the appointed manager of this vacancy,

Person Specification



  • Educated to degree level or proven equivalent experience and knowledge
  • Evidence of continued professional development to Masters level in relevant field or equivalent level of knowledge and experience
  • Evidence of continued professional development in communication field


  • Specialist communications qualification or equivalent professional communications experience and knowledge
  • Project management (Prince 2) qualification



  • Experience of managing, motivating and developing staff
  • Experience of working effectively with and advising senior leadership teams on a broad range of communications and engagement issues
  • Experience of devising, and implementing and evaluating effective communications and engagement strategies and the ability to identify the right channel for a particular audience
  • Recent relevant experience of managing complex media enquiries, as well as reputation management and crisis communications handling
  • Experience of using social media to communicate and engage effectively with internal and external audiences
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills in order to maintain excellent working relationships with colleagues at all levels both internally and externally


  • Public sector experience in a communications role



  • Excellent communication skills, able to confidently present highly complex information and ideas in a straightforward and consistent, engaging way to a range of audiences
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to influence at all levels
  • Excellent ability to write well with experience of developing messaging and content in a compelling, engaging style with appropriate language and tone for a range of audiences
  • Excellent analytical skills to ensure key issues are identified and appropriate action taken
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Ability to handle highly sensitive and complex information
  • Ability to work under pressure and manage a varied workload
  • Use evidence to make improvement seeks out innovation and best practice to improve outcomes

Employer details

Employer name

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust


Eastbourne DGH

King's Drive


BN21 2UD

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