Band 8a Policy & Improvement Fellow Head of Communications (band 8a) - 18 month fixed term contract / secondment Part Time or Full Time Recruitment: within Shelford Group member organisations The Shelford Group The Shelford Group comprises ten leading NHS multi-specialty academic healthcare organisations. We are dedicated to excellence in clinical research, education and patient care. We aspire to demonstrate system-wide leadership for the benefit of patients across the wider NHS and for the prosperity of our country. The Policy & Improvement Fellow is a key member of the Shelford Group team. The Fellowship aims to identify and nurture the most talented emerging leaders within the Shelford Group members, developing their understanding of national policy and health system improvement. During an 18 month secondment, the Fellowship holder will be responsible for delivering specific projects and for taking an active role in the work of the Group to provide a constructive contribution to the development of national policy in health and life sciences. This is a unique opportunity to work alongside executives across the ten members and in partnership with senior figures in a spectrum of other organisations encompassing think tanks, central government and other membership organisations. We are seeking candidates with a passion for leadership, an excellent track record in service transformation projects and an approach which can successfully span organisational boundaries to deliver improvements for patients. The ability to manage external stakeholder relationships at the highest level is essential; engaging with officials at No.10, in ministerial offices and more widely across national bodies is a critical feature of the position. Please note: The role is open to applications from staff across the ten Shelford Group members. The contract for the role is hosted by UCLH, one of the Shelford Group members. The Group supports flexible working; options are available for a significant proportion of this role to be undertaken from home. Advert closes: midnight 11th October Interviews planned for: Morning of 20th October. We offer our permanent staff an interest free season ticket loan for travel, a subsidised social club including gym, free independent and confidential support for all staff, large retail discounts,cycle to work scheme and on-site accommodation to name a few... for more information on our staff benefits please see attached poster. We recognise, reward and thank colleagues by nominating them for our annual Celebrating Excellence Awards, which are funded by UCLH Charity. We are also members of www.mytrustbenefits.co.uk/ which offers discounts on high street retail stores, offers on travel deals, and also to take advantage of cash back schemes. This vacancy may close before the current listed closing date. You are advised not to delay submitting your completed application. Please note that all correspondence regarding your application will be via email. The emails will be sent to you viaTRAC.jobs and not via NHS Jobs, we encourage you to check your inbox regularly. Please note that if you are at present in a training position on the 2016 new junior doctor's contract and are applying for a Trust doctor role your salary will not be pay protected. You will be placed on the appropriate point of the Trust Doctor pay scale based on your previous experience. Please note that if you have not heard from us within 3 weeks of the closing date of the advert to assume that you have not been shortlisted on this occasion.