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We are currently expanding our Bristol-based communications team and are recruiting for two roles: Communications Manager and Communications & Marketing Officer.

Communications Manager

We are looking for an exceptional communications professional to join us at an exciting time for the West of England Academic Health Science Network as we move into a new five-year licence period.

You will be joining an ambitious, ‘can-do’ organisation with exciting plans for how we support and collaborate with our local healthcare communities to improve and innovate services and solutions that meet genuine health needs.

Network and stakeholder communications is vitally important to our success and we need an outstanding communications manager to help us reach and engage with all our local, regional and national audiences.

A key part of your role will be to provide communications advice and expertise to our managing director, senior executive team, and various leads delivering a wide range of healthcare innovation and improvement projects. You will also work closely with our Events Manager to develop communications and marketing materials to support our busy and diverse schedule of stakeholder events, workshops and conferences.

This is a part-time role (3.5 days per week), working alongside our current Communications Manager who will be starting a part-time secondment in early 2018 with the national AHSN Network team. It is offered as either a 12-month fixed term contract or as a secondment from another NHS organisation.

You will provide direction and hands-on support for our media and social media work, oversee content creation and development of our websites and produce corporate publications, such as the annual review.

Working in a fast paced, small team based in Bristol, creative, strategic and tactical skills will required to identify and develop positive internal and external communications opportunities, in support of the objectives in our business plan.

You will also play a key role at a national AHSN level as part of the AHSN Network’s communications forum, which centrally coordinates national channels and campaigns.

This role would suit a senior all-rounder with excellent interpersonal and influencing skills and a talent for forging collaborative relationships across numerous organisations.

To download the job description and person specification and to apply online, please visit NHS Jobs.

If you would like to find out more about this opportunity, please contact Vanesther Rees by email:

  • Part-time (22.5 hours) – Fixed Term Contract  or Secondment (one year)
  • Band 7
  • Closing date: midday Thursday 30 November 2017
  • Interview date:  Friday 8 December 2017

Communications & Marketing Officer

We’re looking for an enthusiastic and creative Communications & Marketing Officer to join our team.

If you already have experience in a communications/PR role, this is a fantastic chance to make the most of your skills to support healthcare networks and help improve health systems and patient care across the region.

This is a new role working across three health organisations. As well as supporting the West of England AHSN three days a week, the successful candidate will work one day a week each for both the Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative (APCRC) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre.

If you are looking to develop your skills in healthcare communications and stakeholder engagement, this is the ideal opportunity to take the next step in your career.

The role requires a person with a strong understanding and proven ability to manage traditional and digital media, great writing ability, creative flair and excellent inter-personal skills. You will have knowledge of design, print and production techniques, excellent IT skills and experience of designing publications, presentations and documents. You will be able to work on your own initiative, think on your feet and thrive in a fast-paced environment.

The post is 37.5 hours per week and will be recruited on a 12 month fixed-term basis, with the possibility of extension subject to funding.

To download the job description and person specification and to apply online, please visit NHS Jobs.

If you would like to find out more about this opportunity, please contact Vanesther Rees by email:

  • Full-time – Fixed Term Contract (one year)
  • Band 5
  • Closing date: midday Friday 24 November 2017
  • Interview dates:  Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 December 2017



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