Executive Recruitment

Director of Communications

Share this role

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
Attractive package
Closing date:
27th January
Job Ref:

Recruitment timetable

Closing date
27th January 2021
Final interviews
24th February 2021

Associated documents


Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust is the major health and wellbeing provider for a population of 1.7 million people across Lancashire and South Cumbria.  A provider of mental health and learning disability services and physical health services in the community we employ over 7,000 members of staff operating in more than 400 sites with an annual budget of over £350 million. We are on an exciting journey of improvement with a completely new Executive Team, significant investment being made in mental health and learning disability services and a new leadership structure aligned to our systems’ ICPs.  We are committed to leading the integration of physical health, mental health, and social care services locally to deliver improved population health and tackle health inequalities.

The Director of Communications is a central leadership role in the Trust; reporting to our new Chief Strategy Officer and leading a refreshed and well-resourced communication and engagement function.  This is a broad position, with significant Board exposure and responsibility for engagement with populations across our diverse communities, with our wide range of external partners and stakeholders as well as leadership of internal communications with our dedicated staff.  Joining us as we make significant progress on our ambitious transformation journey, this role will ensure that we create trusted relationships with our stakeholders, that our values ‘we are kind, respectful, always learning and a team’ are demonstrated through accessible engagement; and that we enable our stakeholders to have a voice in the decisions we take. 

We are seeking an ambitious, innovative, and inclusive leader with senior communications experience in a large organisation and who is comfortable operating in a regulated and complex stakeholder environment.  Bringing energy and insight, you will ensure that opportunities are identified to promote the Trust’s work and to develop and uphold our brand and reputation.  Politically astute, you will quickly build credibility at all levels of our organisation, and externally with the media, MPs and other partners and regulators across our health and care system. This is an exceptional opportunity to play a key leadership role in meeting our objective to be a provider and an employer of choice.

To learn more about us, our ambitions, this exciting opportunity and how to apply, please contact Steph Crossland, Emma Pickup or Michelle Shirley of GatenbySanderson on 0113 268 0704 for an initial discussion.

To view the job description and person specification, please scroll to the bottom of the page, tick to agree to the privacy policy, then click 'Continue to full details'.

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, completed fit and proper person form, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.

Continue to full details and application

Before continuing please read and accept our Privacy Policy