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R&D Digital and Design Communications Officer

NHS AfC: Band 5

Main area
Research and Development
NHS AfC: Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£25,655 - £31,534 pa
Salary period
11/07/2022 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

We are looking for a creative and passionate digital creator to help share the brilliant research done here in Southampton, and support the people and teams that make it happen. 

COVID-19 has shone a light on the value of clinical research like never before. Southampton was in the thick of things, finding answers fast. We helped deliver new coronavirus tests, drugs and PPE through to the vaccine trials that paved the way out.

Our growing Southampton Centre for Research Engagement & Impact was central to that. We work across audiences and channels, developing amazing content from the cutting edge of clinical research. That drives public engagement and participation in research, builds a strong research culture and shares our impact.  

There's a huge breadth of subjects and outputs, from campaigns to bespoke website builds - all in the name of helping find better treatments and care.


Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the ‘Job Description and Main Responsibilities’ section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

Working for our organisation

What we can offer you

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Your Responsibilities

What you’ll do

You will be responsible for producing and delivering creative digital assets for a wide range of projects. These include but are not limited to

  • Infographics
  • Videos
  • Animations
  • Online assets
  • Banners and social plaques

You will be responsible for getting a brief, developing concept and design, and delivering digital outputs within the given timeframe.

In this role, you will work closely with R&D communications managers, researchers, and suppliers. You will make sure we provide appropriate and engaging content to the public, our staff, health professionals and stakeholders. You will work across health subjects and disease areas to engage and involve people in our work.

What we’re looking for

We’re looking for someone who can deliver digital outputs that really connect with audiences. A strong background in digital design, confidence in using Adobe Creative Suite, and ability to use videography kit is essential. We also need your great interpersonal skills, because of the range of relationships across public groups, our departments and different organisations.

Presenting research clearly and accurately can be challenging. We’re looking for you to cut through the complexity to give people reasons to care and the key messages.

Familiarity with communications in the NHS R&D, National Institute for Health and Care Research and/or clinical academic environment is desirable. However what you’ll need above all is initiative, an appetite for challenging content and demonstrable ability in delivering in complex working environments.

Additional information

Interviews will be held on Monday, 04 July 2022

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person specification

Qualifications / training required

Essential criteria
  • Educated to Degree l or equivalent level or experience
  • Qualification in digital communications related discipline, or equivalent experience

Previous or relevant experience necessary

Essential criteria
  • Experience of working in a communications, videography, illustrator or photography role
  • Working with style and branding guides
  • Working in an office environment and using MS Office systems
  • Practical experience and knowledge of content creation and/or management systems
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of design work and working with external designers and photographers

Aptitudes and skills required

Essential criteria
  • Excellent written and visual communication, including writing in plain English (clearly and without jargon)
  • Possess good telephone manner and confidence in dealing with enquiries both internally and externally
  • Good time management, including ability to work to deadlines and deal with conflicting priorities
  • Excellent computer and keyboard skills
  • Able to identify and analyse opportunities (patterns/trends) online and offline and experience of using listening tools to create reports and measure output
  • Basic HTML coding
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Writing for digital channels
  • Visual design and multimedia creation

Special requirements of the post

Essential criteria
  • Occasional travel between different NHS sites
  • Occasional out of hours working

Values and behaviours

Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure, tactful and discreet in all circumstances
  • Must work effectively as a team player and have a positive ‘can do’ approach to work

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Anuchana Patise
Job title
R&D Communications Manager
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