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Involvement and Engagement Manager

Band 7

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317 LCRN Engagement 570002
Band 7
Fixed term: 18 months (from start of contract to 31/10/2022)
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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317 Regent Point
£38,890 - £44,503 per annum
Salary period
17/05/2021 23:59

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the most successful teaching NHS Trusts in the country. We have one of the highest number of specialist services of hospitals in the UK. With around 15,000 staff, the Newcastle Hospitals is one of the region’s major employers. We have a long-standing reputation for high quality clinical care with our staff’s commitment to excellence reflected in our consistent performance at the highest level. We are committed to being an “employer of choice” offering our staff superb benefits, looking after their wellbeing, and providing access to high-quality education, training, career progression and support which enables them to provide “Healthcare at its best with people at our heart”.

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a world class health care provider, and one of the most successful teaching NHS trusts in the country. A tertiary centre, it offers the second highest number of specialist services than any other group of hospitals in the UK, with more than 1.72 million patient contacts each year, delivering innovative, high quality services locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and has been twice rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC.

We are the largest Trust in the country - and one of only five NHS organisations - to receive this accolade twice, which reaffirms our position as one of the UK’s top hospital trusts.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under represented groups.

Are you passionate about engaging with members of the public? Could you champion their involvement in clinical research? If so, you could be the person we are looking for to join a forward thinking organisation whose aim is to maximise opportunities for patients and members of the public to take part in health and social care research, making the North East and North Cumbria the best place to deliver clinical research in the NHS.

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is seeking an enthusiastic and committed Involvement and Engagement Manager to cover a career break on behalf of the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria (NIHR CRN NENC). This is a great opportunity to learn about the Clinical Research Network and the National and Regional priorities for patient and public involvement and engagement.  Secondments are welcomed. 

The Involvement and Engagement Manager will promote the benefits of Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) in health and social care research and will help to deliver a comprehensive involvement and engagement service to our partners and members of the public across the NIHR CRN NENC region.  This is a great development role, allowing people to work regionally and nationally.

Working alongside communications professionals, the post holder will provide strategic direction, day to day support and management of PPIE workstreams. This will include liaison with other NIHR partners and a range of stakeholders, to ensure a consistent and joined up approach to PPIE activities across all areas of activity.  The post holder will be an active member of Creating Connections – the local collaborative group of PPIE professionals, and work with peers across the country to drive the PPIE agenda in the CRN, delivering work in collaboration with neighbouring networks.

The post holder will assist in the implementation of the national PPIE strategy and the CRN NENC strategy, including developing links with the communities we serve.

The NIHR CRN NENC invites applications from people with a background in patient and public involvement, who have excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.  Candidates need the ability to drive innovation or novel ideas across organisational boundaries and have experience of working with a varied stakeholder groups. The successful applicant will also need to illustrate how they manage time effectively, prioritise work and demonstrate the ability to deliver results consistently to tight timelines, with minimal supervision.

Essential requirements include a professional degree qualification or equivalent qualification and a postgraduate qualification (MSc or equivalent level education) or extensive experience of working within a PPIE function, project management skills and experience. The post holder will also require experience of working in a digital environment, as the role includes development and promotion of a range of digital media communications, including twitter and website content.

Full Time 37 hours 30 minutes/week

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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 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 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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Justine Smith
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0777 501 2050
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Justine Smith

0777 501 2050