Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals seek ‘Group Communications and Engagement Director’ to lead communications strategy

Kettering General Hospital (KGH) and Northampton General Hospital (NGH) are recruiting a Group Communications and Engagement Director – a new role that will transform the way in which both Trusts communicate and engage with patients, staff, healthcare partners and wider stakeholders.

This exciting opportunity comes after KGH and NGH joined forces in 2020 in establishing a group model to develop greater collaboration between the two hospitals in the further delivery of high quality, patient focussed clinical services supported by pooled corporate resources to enable better outcomes for local people.

This innovative approach is not about two organisations merging, but looking at how the two Trusts can work better together and make the most of joint resources and highly skilled teams to address future healthcare challenges, including rising population and increased life expectancy, as well as the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Group will have an amazing story to tell including how they turned competition into collaboration, variation into seamless alignment, and CQC ratings of ‘Requires Improvement’ into ‘Outstanding’, along with many proposed developments such as the £550m re-build of the Kettering site planned for 2025-2030, and the development of a new Diagnostic Treatment Centre.

Simon Weldon, Group Chief Executive, Kettering General Hospital NHS FT and Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust said, “This is a pivotal new role within our emerging hospital group. Our two organisations are embarking on an exciting journey with an ambitious goal in sight: coming together as a new hospital group to serve the whole of Northamptonshire and beyond.

“Central to our ambition is the difference this newly-created role will make to staff and patient satisfaction, our culture and our reputation. This is a rare opportunity for a politically-astute, inclusive and upstanding leader who not only makes great things happen but who also brings people along with them on the journey.”

Previous NHS experience is not essential, however applicants should have worked at this level and have an appreciation of the healthcare sector. This is a full-time role, 37.5 hours per week with a salary of £91,004 to £104,927 per annum. The closing date is 12th March 2021. To apply, click here.