Deputy Communications and Engagement Lead

(Maternity cover)

Everyone wants safe and high-quality healthcare. At THIS Institute (The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute), we believe efforts to improve care should always be based on the highest quality evidence. We bring together healthcare staff, patients, policymakers, and academics to provide clarity on what works in improving healthcare, what doesn’t, and why.

The Deputy Communications and Engagement Lead plays a pivotal role in delivering of the institute’s mission. The unprecedented range of challenges facing the NHS is consistently at the top of the political and media agenda, and how we can address the challenges facing the healthcare workforce, patient safety, and performance is one of the key questions of our time. In this role, you will assist with the design and implementation of an ambitious communications and engagement strategy that builds THIS’ Institute’s profile and reputation as a research institute that is grounded in the issues that matter most to NHS staff and patients, and advocates for better use of evidence in healthcare policy and practice.

You will lead the institute’s strategy for corporate and research communications. You will oversee, quality assure and sign off communications plans, messaging, and activity within defined areas of responsibility. In addition, you will lead our work to improve equity, diversity, and inclusion practices across all our communications and engagement activities.

We are looking for a strategic thinker who can grasp complex academic ideas and communicate effectively. You will have a track record of developing and implementing high-profile communications and engagement strategies that draw on a range of communications tools and disciplines, including digital communications, public affairs, academic editorship and publishing, brand management, stakeholder engagement, internal communications, events management, marketing, and data management.

Maternity cover – this post is fixed term for one year or the return of the post holder, whichever is the earlier.

The funds for these posts are available until November 2024. The position is part time, 30 hours per week to be worked over 4 days. Working days to be agreed.

Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Strangeways Research Laboratory, Worts Causeway, Cambridge CB1 8RN (approximately 2 miles south of the city centre)

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At THIS Institute we aim to create a world-leading scientific asset for the NHS by strengthening the evidence-base for improving the quality and safety of healthcare.

Co-created by two exceptional organisations – the University of Cambridge and the Health Foundation – THIS Institute is founded on the guiding principle that efforts to improve care should be based on the highest quality evidence.

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    Communications team
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    Fixed term
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    £40,521-£54,395 (pro-rata)

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