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Senior Communications Officer

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
4 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
You will lead on the delivery of impactful and effective internal communication to make sure all colleagues across Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust are informed and engaged with the purpose of Sheffield Children's - to provide healthier futures for children and young people.

Being a brilliant place to work is a key area of focus for Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust and to make this happen, we require a strong communicator, experienced at developing engaging and inclusive internal communications, across different locations through a variety of communication channels.

You will be a strategic communicator with excellent written skills, initiative, drive and tenacity, coupled with stakeholder management experience to liaise with colleagues at all levels.

You'll need to be a creative thinker and excellent project manager with the ability to process highly complex ideas and concepts quickly, turning them into consistent messages that resonate with colleagues. You'll be running projects, events and campaigns to deliver a transformative impact on culture and patient experience.

Main duties of the job

This role is a key member of a small but dynamic communications team and will take ownership for developing a wide range of relationships across the Trust.

You will line manage a communications officer and be responsible for their on-going development.

Key relationships include the executive leadership team, key corporate functions, including People and Organisational Development colleagues as well as clinical leadership teams to support engagement among medical staff.
  • Executive leadership team
  • Corporate services
  • People and Organisational Development
  • Clinical Leadership teams

As we prepare to celebrate our 150th anniversary in 2026, we are looking forward to launching our new helipad supporting our role as a Paediatric Major Trauma Centre continuing to make developments to improve patient and colleague experience and creating new innovative care models with a focus on communities and population health.

We will also deliver the first National Centre for Child Health Technology, which will be based at the Olympic Legacy Park in Sheffield, which will build on our reputation as a leader in children's health and give us the opportunity for a new site for clinical services.

About us

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust is driven by a clear purpose - to provide healthier futures for children and young people.

Our work is focused around three strategic aims, which guide us and help us to fulfil our purpose, to provide healthier futures for children and young people. Our three strategic aims are:1. Outstanding Patient Care2. Brilliant Place to work3. Leader's in Children's Health

Everyday patients and their families tell us about the kind and compassionate care our nearly 4000 colleagues provide, and how they've been made to feel safe and at home with us.

Professionally many of our clinicians are amongst the best in their fields, with many recognised nationally and internationally for their expertise.

As well as having enormous pride in what we do, we are a friendly, welcoming and ambitious NHS Trust who are driven every day by our CARE values (Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Excellence) to improve the health of children and young people.

Our commitment to rewarding colleagues is demonstrated through our brilliant reward and benefits offer including generous annual leave entitlement and pension scheme and access to salary sacrifice schemes such as cycle to work and lease cars.

We are committed to supporting colleagues from different heritages and lifestyles while at work. This is supported through the offer we have in place for flexible working and the three equality network groups we have in place.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see job description and personal specification for full details.

Inclusive Recruitment & Selection

We offer encouragement and active support to applicants with additional needs, including those from ethnic minorities, with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community. If you wish to adjust any aspect of the recruitment process or wish to find out more about our recruitment & selection processes, please get in touch with our Recruitment Manager:

We are currently reviewing our recruitment & selection process and are looking to make our job adverts more inclusive. This will support the long-term aim of Sheffield Childrens being a champion of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. If you have any ideas in how we can make our recruitment & selection process more inclusive, please get in touch with Catherine Gilbert

Trust Values

The Trust is committed to providing great quality patient care and keep children, young people and families at the heart of what we do by following our CARE values:

Compassion leading by kindness and showing empathy, understanding and respect

Accountability striving to do the right thing and owning responsibility

Respect value differences, tackling inequality and fostering a culture of inclusion

Excellence delivering a high-quality standard of care

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Degree level qualification or equivalent level of experience
  • CIPR/CIM (or equivalent) qualification or equivalent experience
  • Evidence of continuous professional development in communications/PR



  • Maintaining effective relationships with organisational leadership and a wide range of stakeholders
  • Writing, editing, and producing publications
  • Working with sensitive/confidential issues
  • Management of a variety of communication channels including website, intranet and social media and ability to use content management systems.
  • Experience of managing social media platforms and developing content for digital channels, particularly LinkedIn.
  • Design and print processes.
  • Research and evaluation methods and techniques.
  • Line management experience


  • Development of policies

Knowledge and Skills


  • Specialist knowledge, underpinned by theory and experience of internal communications.
  • Specialist knowledge of communications, PR and marketing techniques.
  • Advanced software skills (MS Office, intranet packages, email software).
  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues using influencing and negotiation skills.
  • Able to have frequent periods of concentration and cope with frequent interruptions / deal with issues as they arise, prioritising heavy workloads and managing multiple projects at the same time
  • Able to master a complex brief quickly and interpret it for a non-specialist audience.
  • Analytical and data presentation skills.
  • Able to build confident working relationships with colleagues at all levels.


  • Basic NHS functions, structure, issues, and values.

Personal Attributes


  • Ability to cope calmly with distressing/emotional situations.
  • Able to problem solve, demonstrating sound judgement.

Demonstrates Trust Values


  • Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.

Employer details

Employer name

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust

Western Bank


S10 2TH

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