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Senior Communications Manager (Securing the Future Programme)

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced communicator to join us in developing our plans for a new hospital for Airedale. On 25 May 2023, the Government announced that Airedale General Hospital will be rebuilt by 2030, in recognition of the current structural issues facing the existing hospital.

This is a once in a generation opportunity to be involved in a major hospital development and we are seeking an enthusiastic Senior Communications Manager to join our team and help to take our scheme forward.

Working as part of the Communications, Engagement and Equality programme team, the Senior Communications Manager will help to develop our programme communications strategy, ensuring that our wide range of stakeholders are informed every step of the way, and have the information they need to contribute to the development of our plans.

Working alongside the Communications Manager, the postholder will deliver day-to-day communications activities for the programme including maintaining digital channels, providing briefings and planning and delivering visits and events. They will have a passion for making every voice count, ensuring that communication tactics are targeted to different audiences to maximise access to information and support our involvement and engagement aspirations.

Main duties of the job

The Senior Communications Manager is a challenging role that requires high levels of confidence, aptitude and diplomacy as well as exceptional professional skills and expertise. The role spans both strategic development and operational delivery and the post holder will be supported to excel in both.

The Senior Communications Manager will report to the Senior Programme Manager with a dotted line to the Trust's Head of Communications, for professional support and to ensure alignment between the programme and business as usual communications activity.

The postholder will be responsible for developing and delivering complex communications and stakeholder relations strategies linked to both the structural works programme and new hospital scheme. They will work with a range of colleagues from across the Programme Management Ofiice (PMO), in the Trust, through our strategic partnerships, and in wider networks to engage, collaborate, share best practice and learn from others, with the purpose of developing and maintaining the highest standards of communications across the programme.

For full details please see attached Job Description

About us

We are always looking for enterprising and innovative approaches to the way we provide our services. We are a national centre for telemedicine and introduced telehealth to the UK offender healthcare sector and also provide the service to patients in their care homes. Community matters to us and we are supported by 400 dedicated volunteers and have strong links with Bradford University, Craven College and Leeds City College to ensure we inspire the workforce of the future.

We want to attract staff who embrace our Right Care behaviours of compassion, a commitment to quality of care and working together for patients we want to make these part of our DNA

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information and full details of the job role please see the attached job description and person specification.

Person Specification



  • Knowledge of the NHS Constitution & 'Understanding the New NHS'
  • Comprehensive understanding of the political landscape
  • Knowledge of the New Hospital Programme, its vision, goals and key schemes
  • General awareness of the national guidance on identifying and managing Reinforced Aerated Autoclaved Concrete (RAAC)



  • Ability to anticipate issues and create solutions and to resolve problems in relation to project or service delivery
  • Ability to work across teams to support project delivery
  • Good presentational skills for conveying complex concepts
  • Competent user of spreadsheets, databases, word processing and presentation software (e.g. Excel, PowerPoint, Word or equivalent)
  • Able to prepare paper reports setting out information, its analysis and interpretation in a lucid and persuasive manner, in the context of evidence
  • Exceptional communication skills for delivering key messages to a range of stakeholders both internal and external
  • Ability to use informed persuasion to influence others
  • Robust and effective project management skills - e.g. time management, budget management, project reporting etc.
  • Commitment to matrix working and adoption of Trust and Programme systems and processes



  • Masters degree qualification or equivalent experience
  • Relevant qualification in communications or related field


  • Project management qualification
  • Training in accessible communications practice (eg Plain English, easy read, etc)



  • Experience of working alongside and influencing senior level professionals.
  • Experience of developing and delivering successful strategic communications projects, some of which might be multi-stranded
  • Experience of evaluating communications methodologies and demonstrating added value and impact
  • Experience of project management, business process activity and service delivery
  • Experience of managing budgets
  • Experience of leading and developing a team
  • An understanding of public health and health service research
  • Understanding of economic, financial and organisational complexities of the NHS

Employer details

Employer name

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust


Airedale General Hospital

Skipton Road


BD20 6TD

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