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Comms and Engagement officer

Job title: Communications & Engagement Officer

Reporting to: Healthwatch Manager

Contract: Permanent

Hours: 30 hours per week

Salary: £27,500 per annum (pro rata)

Location: Brent, London

Closing date: 8 June, 12noon

We reserve the right to interview if a suitable candidate applies before the closing date

Download the job description and person specification

Download our recruitment pack

About the role

You will be responsible for a variety of internal and external communications for Healthwatch Brent, producing impactful communications across all social media platforms including Healthwatch Brent’s website, Twitter and Facebook. You will craft communications which influence and raise awareness of Healthwatch Brent’s activities.

A key aspect of this role is to promote Healthwatch in order to encourage a wide variety of local residents to get involved and have their say. You will lead the community engagement function of Healthwatch Brent by increasing the membership of our grassroots steering group, creating opportunities to reach out and engage with local people, particularly hard to reach and seldom heard groups. You will keep abreast of best practice in engaging with communities using creative and innovative engagement techniques, making sure these are integrated across the service.

Your role will involve finding innovative ways to present the intelligence the team gathers to key audiences ranging from face-to-face conversations with partners and funders through to producing imaginative materials. This includes producing accessible reports and presentations to make sure we can maximise the impact of our intelligence gathering.

You will be a skilled communicator, comfortable networking and engaging with a diverse range of local residents and members of the public.

Working as part of a small team, you will be involved in many aspects of the organisation. You’ll need to be flexible, with a ‘can do’ attitude to meet the constantly evolving needs of the service as it develops in the new phase of its journey under the leadership of The Advocacy Project.

About Healthwatch Brent

Healthwatch Brent is one of 152 local Healthwatch organisations established throughout England on 1 April 2013 under the provisions of the Health and Social Care Act 2012. It has a dual role to champion the rights of health and social care users and to hold the system to account for how well it engages with the public.

Healthwatch’s remit covers all publicly funded health and social care services for adults and children.

The Advocacy Project has been awarded the contract to be Healthwatch Brent’s provider from 1 April 2021. We will build on the important work that’s been done to date, while bringing new insights from the voices of seldom heard and hard to hear groups. You’ll have an opportunity to develop the service in line with our ambitious vision, making sure all views in Brent, including the most marginalised, are at the heart of health and care and shape the services they need.

 How to apply

  1. Send your CV and a supporting statement explaining why you think you’re the person we’re looking for and how your experience meets the person specification.
  2. Upload your application via our website on www.advocacyproject.org.uk/work-for-us
  3. Remember to get it to us by 8 June 12 noon.
  4. It’s a legal requirement that you are eligible to work in the UK for all our posts.
  5. If you have any questions please get in touch on HR@advocacyproject.org.uk / 020 8106 0640