Fixed term (12 month contract)
37.5 hours per week
Hosted by the West of England AHSN, based in Central Bristol (with a strong requirement for flexible / homeworking)
Salary: £24,214 to £30,112

This is an exciting opportunity for a creative communications professional with both traditional and digital communication skills and experience in stakeholder engagement to join our small, dynamic team and help build our national profile.

You’ll be joining the AHSN Network at an important time as we embark on a number of new programmes, so there will plenty of opportunities to make your mark.

There are 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) across England, established by NHS England in 2013 to spread innovation at pace and scale. Each AHSN works across a distinct geography serving a different population in each region.

As the only bodies that connect NHS and academic organisations, the third sector and industry, AHSNs are catalysts that create the right conditions to facilitate change across whole health and social care economies, with a clear focus on improving outcomes for citizens. Find out more at

As the AHSNs have moved into the second year of their new licence, their transformational national and local impacts – and the potential to amplify this even further – are evident, focusing on improving patient outcomes, achieving efficiencies for the NHS and leveraging investment to support economic growth.

Looking ahead, the AHSNs are continuing to develop their roles as a key delivery arm of the Accelerated Access Collaborative, and from April 2020 will be launching a new set of national programmes for rapid spread across England.

It is essential for the AHSN Network to ensure national stakeholders are engaged in, and are aware of our outstanding contributions to healthcare innovation and transformation: 15 organisations working together to make a game-changing contribution to national innovation spread in ways never achieved before by the NHS.

This is why we are seeking an enthusiastic communications and engagement professional who can work across the 15 AHSNs to seek out and present great AHSN Network and local AHSN content on a national stage.

This role will support the Network to maximise our full engagement potential, building awareness of the AHSNs’ profile and collective impact, focusing both on internal communications across the AHSNs, and external engagement with national stakeholder individuals and organisations.

The post holder will be passionate about the NHS and a great storyteller able to present information in a compelling way via a range of channels (social media, web and digital, slide decks, reports and marketing collateral).

The post holder will coordinate across individual AHSNs and national programmes to identify and gather our very best stories and statistics, and will support the AHSN Network Central Coordination Office to use existing / develop new creative channels and opportunities to communicate these to our stakeholder individuals and organisations.

In addition to generating and communicating content, the role will support the development of systems and processes to manage effective engagement, such as maintaining contact lists and tracking ongoing engagements / developing a Customer Relationship Management system.

The post holder will work as part of the ‘virtual’ Central Coordinating Office, reporting to the Communications Manager, Assistant Coordination Director and Coordination Director, in close liaison with the AHSN Network Chair and Vice Chair, Chief Officer Communications Leads, Co-Chairs of the AHSN Communications Forum and individual AHSN communications teams.

This role will initially be offered as a one year fixed term, full time basis, hosted within the West of England AHSN based in Bristol (with a strong requirement for flexible / homeworking). It will also require occasional national travel.

If you are interested in discussing the role, please contact the AHSN Network’s Communications Manager, Vanesther Rees for an informal conversation: [email protected]

Closing date: Thursday 31 October 2019
Interview date:
Friday 22 November 2019

Download the job description and person specification and apply online here at NHS Jobs.