Senior Communications Officer
Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust
Salary: £28,050 to £36,644 p.a.
Job ref: 152-S232.19
Location: Sentinel House, Poole
Closing date: 31 March 2019 (23:59)
Do you want to make a difference and support people to make the most of their lives by providing engaging, useful information and showcasing the great work of a large NHS Trust?
This key role in our communications team will help manage our messages both externally and internally, sharing the brilliant work the Trust does to support patients every day.
You’ll be working with a range of people inside and outside the Trust to plan and deliver a range of communications for staff, patients, partners, the media and the wider public.
You’ll love working with journalists and crafting clever content which inspires people and captures their interest. You’ll be a top notch writer who can deliver lively and interesting copy with speed and accuracy for a range of uses.
You could be producing publications one day and putting together short films of our staff and their patients the next. You’ll be passionate about good communication and able to champion its importance and help train others in areas like media skills and plain English writing. No two days will be the same.
Working in a lively and committed team, there’ll be lots of opportunities to learn new skills and work with a wide range of people. If you have strong written and verbal communication skills and the imagination, ambition and enthusiasm to take on this exciting role, please apply.
Based at our HQ in Poole but regularly visiting Trust sites around the county, this is a great opportunity to use your skills supporting an organisation that’s making a real difference to the lives of people in Dorset.
Dorset HealthCare is a dynamic, forward-thinking Trust, running 12 local hospitals and providing a wide range of integrated community and mental health services to a population of almost 700,000 people.
Whether working in busy urban locations such as Bournemouth, Poole, Dorchester and Weymouth or serving residents in rural areas, our 5,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do.
Staff thrive in a supportive, ‘family’ atmosphere in which we recognise that the importance of how we do things is just as important as what we do, and what we achieve. We strongly encourage behaviours that promote compassion and care between colleagues, supporting staff to be proactive, positive, respectful, supportive, reliable and trustworthy. We are also an organisation which leads the way in challenging stigma and discrimination experienced by those with lived experience of mental health problems or emotional distress.
We relish the chance to provide quality care – a recent survey showed that 90% of staff feel their work makes a difference to patients and service users. Some of our services are rated outstanding by the CQC, and we constantly strive to improve in all aspects of our work.
As well as job satisfaction, staff enjoy benefits ranging from a car lease scheme to free use of beach huts, flexible working options and a host of advanced training and career development opportunities. We offer a 24/ 7 employee assistance service, alongside many health and wellbeing initiatives.
Staff are also regularly consulted to help shape improvements or changes to the way the Trust is run, and their outstanding work is recognised through our Heroes awards scheme.
Dorset itself offers the opportunity for a truly outstanding work/life balance, whatever your age or outlook. Millions of people each year come to holiday in the place where most of our staff live and work every day - enjoying access to award-winning beaches along the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, picture-postcard villages, great weather and stunning countryside. We have excellent schools, top-rated family attractions and endless sporting/leisure opportunities, plus plenty of country pubs and lively nightclubs.