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Medical Illustration Manager

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
23 Apr 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a high-achieving design or photography professional? Want to go home at the end of the day knowing the work that you've done has made a difference? Then why not develop your career in the rewarding world of NHS Communications at Leicester's Hospitals.

We are looking for someone to lead our specialists in graphics and photography and contribute your own specialist design and/or photography skills. Together you will help to translate client asks into creative ideas, and high-quality visual content, whether clinical or non-clinical, ensuring the integrity of the UHL brand and striving for innovation and excellence.

With a strong focus on building and maintaining our internal relationships, developing our service offer for the future, overseeing our business-as-usual visual content and output and supporting a wide variety of non-clinical projects, this post is a critical one in ensuring our medical illustration team delivers an innovative, creative, and customer-focused service.

This is a newly created, challenging role, working in one of the five biggest NHS Trusts in the country. You can be sure that by being part of #TeamUHL your creativity and work will contribute daily to the delivery of high-quality healthcare that can and does change lives.

Main duties of the job

You will support the Deputy Director of Communications and Engagement in modernising processes in the Trust's medical illustration team and in delivering an exciting new program of work to develop a vision for the future of medical illustration at Leicester's hospitals. This will involve close collaboration with the specialists working in the team and the wider department as well as liaison with clinical and non-clinical colleagues of all levels across the organisation.

You will also play a key role in work underway to refresh the Trust's branding, acting as a representative at meetings, using specialist creative knowledge to support development and ensuring effective collaboration to secure a high-quality end offer and efficient roll out across the Trust.

Using your specialist knowledge and experience of either graphic design, medical illustration or photography and video, you will also contribute to technical delivery of key projects.

You will lead the team, providing mentorship, advice and support and ensuring team members' professional development and line management needs are met.

About us

Our new strategy, developed with the support and feedback of colleagues, patients, and partners, is our compass for the next seven years (2023-2030).

We have four primary goals:
  • high-quality care for all,
  • being a great place to work,
  • partnerships for impact, and
  • research and education excellence

And we will embed health equality in all we do - taking active steps to reduce the avoidable differences in healthcare that some people face, working in partnership with communities.

Our strategy is underpinned by new values and we will work to ensure they are an everyday reality for all:
  • we are compassionate,
  • we are proud,
  • we are inclusive, and
  • we are one team

This is an exciting moment as we look to the future with clarity on what we already do well and where we need to focus our energies to make an even bigger difference for the people we serve.

About the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust:

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full details of the role can be found in the attached job description and person specification document.

Person Specification

Training & Qualifications


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Post degree experience of 2 years or more, equivalent to masters level, in at least one of the following specialisms: ographic design omedical illustration oclinical and/or PR photography and videography
  • oPositive attitude towards learning and development with a record of continuing professional development


  • Postgraduate qualification in design, photography or illustration, or working towards this standard
  • Membership of professional body



  • Experience of a broad range of design and/or photography disciplines
  • Demonstrates a high level of knowledge of current trends in the medical illustration profession and an expert understanding of the special requirements of communicating scientific, technical and medical information to both experts and patients
  • Use of design/editing/processing systems with significant experience of Adobe and Apple based technology and software
  • Confidence and skill in using design and/or video & photographic software to create high-quality assets
  • Developing plans and delivering them, including short-notice changes
  • Drafting briefing papers and correspondence at senior level
  • Experience of working in a customer/client facing environment
  • Experience of creating and giving presentations to a varied group of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrates a high level of detailed knowledge of appropriate legislation surrounding copyright and data protection.
  • Detailed knowledge of corporate branding and experience of working within such guidelines.

Communication and relationship skills


  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Confident and able to establish credibility quickly at all levels of the organisation including senior and Trust Board level
  • Experience in supervising / managing people and organisation of a service, including training and personal staff development.
  • Able to influence and interact with a diverse customer group
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and work with staff from across the organisation at all levels, along with managers from the wider organisation
  • Ability to be compassionate, inclusive and accountable, and lead staff, partners and other stakeholders
  • Ability to manage confrontational situations and sensitive issues with tact and diplomacy
  • oAbility to translate complex information into compelling and understandable visual content, including producing information for people with strong opposing views and objectives where the message needs to be understood and accepted, e.g. communicating policy changes which have an impact on service delivery or employment.

Planning and organisation skills


  • Evidence of success in efficient and effective project management
  • Ability to prioritise own workload and work to tight deadlines,
  • Excellent organisational skills with ability to organise self, others, and service workload
  • Excellent IT skills, including ability to use desktop publishing software, specialist illustration and/or photography and video software. Must have advanced M365 skills.
  • Proven planning and organisational skills, and proven ability to work effectively at pace and under pressure

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion


  • Able to demonstrate a commitment and understanding of the importance of treating all individuals with dignity and respect appropriate to their individual needs.
  • Able to demonstrate a commitment and understanding of the importance of treating all individuals with dignity and respect appropriate to their individual needs.
  • oEvidence of a solid understanding of patient confidentiality and the relevant aspects of libel law, the Freedom of Information Act, Equality Act and Data Protection Act.

Other requirements specific to the role


  • Ability to travel to other locations as required and attend Trust sites out of hours - only where necessary and appropriate
  • Demonstrate an understanding of commitment to customer care and quality of service
  • Ability to give constructive feedback to support development of others.
  • Attention to detail
  • Proactive, enthusiastic and well-motivated.

Commitment to Trust Values and Behaviours


  • Must be able to demonstrate behaviours consistent with the Trust's Values and Behaviours

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust


Leicester Royal Infirmary

Infirmary Square



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