Senior Communications Manager

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Band 8a
37.5 hours per week
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£40,428 - £48,514 per annum
06/03/2018 23:59

From 1st October 2017, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) and the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM) has joined together to create a new Foundation Trust which has been named Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. 

Our new organisation will provide a single hospital service across the city of Manchester and in 12- 18 months will also include the services currently provided by North Manchester General Hospital.  These changes will make a real difference to the health outcomes and quality of life for the people of Manchester.  That’s why this really is an extremely exciting and challenging period in the delivery of health and social care in Greater Manchester and one that provides a wealth career opportunities for great people right across our Group. 

Are you fascinated by the latest developments in medical research? Do you strive to use your proven communication skills to have a positive impact on people’s lives?

If so, this exciting opportunity to lead the research communications team at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) may be for you.

We’re seeking an experienced communications professional who will set the strategic direction and oversee the delivery of communications activity to promote our £41m pan-Greater Manchester research partnerships.

We’re looking for a team player and delivery focused individual, with the ability to effectively operate in a complex environment, working across all aspects of marketing communications and across several organisations/partners.

Leading a small team, you will also need to be flexible and willing to get involved with the practical delivery of our plans. It is essential that you are able to anticipate and overcome challenges to leverage success for our research partnerships. Proven experience of translating scientific principles into plain English and an understanding of the UK health research landscape is also desirable.

The Trust reserves the right to close this post once a sufficient number of applications have been submitted. Please complete the application at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.


Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) brings together all hospitals which were previously part of Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust to create one new organisation. The hospitals included are: Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Saint Mary’s Hospital, The University Dental Hospital, Altrincham Hospital, Trafford General Hospital, Wythenshawe Hospital, and Withington Community Hospital.

The communications team within which this post is based provides communications services to the Research and Innovation (R&I) Division of MFT. The Division supports some 300 principal investigators, who undertake research across a diverse range of clinical areas to deliver improved diagnostics, treatments and devices for patients in Manchester and beyond.

The team also provides consultancy services to clients/partners as agreed on a project-by project basis (e.g. National Institute for Health Research [NIHR] Manchester Biomedical Research Centre [BRC] and Clinical Research Facility [CRF]).


The NIHR Manchester BRC is a partnership between MFT and The University of Manchester (UoM), bringing together city-wide expertise to accelerate new discoveries through translational research to improve health. The Manchester BRC delivery partners are: MFT; Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust; The Christie NHS Foundation Trust; and UoM.


The NIHR Manchester CRF comprises four dedicated experimental medicine research units at Manchester Royal Infirmary, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and Wythenshawe Hospital. By providing dedicated space and a safe, quality assured environment, CRFs play a key role in facilitating experimental medicine research.

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Applicant requirements

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Human Resources Recruitment Department
Central Manchester NHS Foundation Trust
Trust Headquarters
Cobbett House
M13 9WL
0161 276 4744