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NHS AfC: Band 8a
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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NHS Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit
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10 South Colonnade
£48,526 - £54,619 HCA also paid if appointee attends our London office twice weekly
Salary period
03/04/2023 09:00

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Lead communications manager

NHS AfC: Band 8a

Job overview

The Health Economics Unit is seeking a Lead Communications Manager who is passionate about using their skills to transform healthcare delivery and improve patient outcomes. As a member of their team, you'll have the opportunity to work on cutting-edge projects, challenge the status quo, and be part of a forward-thinking, dynamic, and agile team.

Searching for a rewarding communications career in the NHS? The Health Economics Unit is looking for a Lead Communications Manager to join our dynamic and passionate team. Our goal is to transform healthcare delivery and improve the lives of patients through data-driven, evidence-based solutions. 

Main duties of the job

As part of our team, you'll have the opportunity to work with data to create compelling stories that will change the way healthcare is delivered. You'll collaborate with healthcare professionals, academics, partners, and commercial organisations to navigate the structures of the NHS and develop communications that show empathy and understanding for our diverse client needs. 

We believe in effective communication as the key to driving meaningful change in healthcare delivery, and we work closely with our partners and stakeholders to ensure that our messages are clear, concise, and impactful. We also encourage our team members to challenge the status quo and think creatively about how we can achieve our goals. 

You'll manage all our communications activity - whether that be delivering corporate communications for the HEU or working on a consultancy basis for our clients. You'll be our authority for everything communications and engagement, advising the HEU and our partners and clients.

So, if you're looking for an organisation that values innovation and creativity, where you can work on a wide range of projects and be part of a team that is passionate about making a difference in the world, then the Health Economics Unit is the place for you.  

Apply today or give us a call to find out more and help us achieve our vision of the best possible health and care through evidence-based decision-making. 

Working for our organisation

The Health Economics Unit offers a truly unique experience that allows our team to work on cutting-edge projects that make a real difference in the healthcare industry. We value innovation, creativity, and a commitment to improving patient outcomes. We offer flexible working arrangements, an office base in London, and a rock band! 

You'll be based at our office in Canary Wharf (with a minimum commitment of two days in the office to be eligible for the HCA payment) or home-based from anywhere in the UK.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The HEU creates fantastic, useful insights by working in collaboration and partnership, internally and externally, and we need people that will thrive in this environment. We want you to passionate about your work, to want to publish it, to want to collaborate and present it to clients and at key conferences. We want someone that gets excited by problem solving. We are looking for someone that is passionate and knows that analytics inform decisions that will fundamentally transform how healthcare is delivered, improving the lives of our population.

See the attached job description for a comprehensive understanding of what the role entails. If you have any questions then please get in contact.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Educated to a degree level and hold a post graduate qualification with significant experience up to masters working in a specialist communications and engagement area.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working in the NHS or wider public sector


Essential criteria
  • Highly developed communication skills
Desirable criteria
  • Should have an appreciation of the relationship between the Department of Health, NHS England, NHS Improvement, emerging STPs and ACSs, and individual provider and commissioning organisations


Essential criteria
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office with intermediate keyboard skills.
Desirable criteria
  • Ability to interpret national policy for implementation.

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