Head of Internal Communications

  • Permanent
  • London

Public Health England

Do you want to lead the internal communications for one the world’s largest public health agencies? 

Are you passionate about staff engagement and the potential of communications to empower and motivate others? 

Public Health England is a world leading public health institution with a wide-ranging remit and a workforce with diverse roles and skills, spread across England. We are recruiting a Head of Internal Communications who will support and inspire our staff, through carefully planned and engaging internal communications campaigns and content that promotes both our corporate agenda and our business priorities. 

You will be managing an internal communications team, creating and delivering an internal communications workplan for the agency and playing an active part in the management of PHE’s Communications Directorate. 

PHE employs over 5,000 staff across the country, largely comprising scientists, researchers and public health professionals. The internal communications team is responsible for communicating with staff across the organisation, in order to ensure staff are aware of corporate and organisational priorities are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to build their skills and feel a sense of connection with the vision and values of PHE. 

We are looking for an experienced communications professional with strong strategic and creative skills, who understands the importance of internal communications in the delivery of business priorities and who can influence senior leaders, in support of carefully executed, inspiring staff-facing communications. 

We need someone with excellent judgement and powers of persuasion, who has proven experience of creating complex strategies and plans, as well as practical experience and expertise to ensure our staff-facing channels are run to best effect. You will need to have excellent prioritisation skills and strong sense of the fundamental drivers that support a highly engaged workforce. 

You will lead a team of four communications specialists who oversee delivery of internal communications campaigns and projects, as well as maintaining and improving the impact of our internal communications channels. You will need to quickly form credible relationships with senior figures across the business, as well as strong relationships with colleague across our Communications and Marketing Directorates, to ensure your team focuses on the right activity, are aware of new or emerging priorities and able to deliver to best effect. 

This role is full of variety and provides opportunity to work on a wide range of hugely important health-related issues. PHE is committed to the development of its staff, we provide a huge range of learning and development opportunities and encourage staff to take advantage of these to realise their potential. 

You will: 

Be an inspirational leader who can manage, develop and inspire a high-performing and busy team 
Have excellent judgement, and a strong sense of the factors that drive staff engagement and the role communications can play in support of this 
Have a sound understanding of current priorities for the health and care system and an interest in public health, health protection and prevention issues 
Have a strong track record in creating communication and/or staff engagement campaigns or programmes of activity with proven impact 
Be comfortable analysing data, commissioning and working with qualitative and quantitative insight and be experienced at evaluation 
Demonstrate experience of working with and influencing people 
Be curious and inquisitive, keen to learn new techniques and encourage the people you work with to develop and share ideas 
Be creative and enthusiastic, looking for opportunities and new ways to communicate individual and corporate achievements to staff. 
About Public Health England 

Public Health England exists to protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities. We do this through world-leading science, knowledge and intelligence, advocacy, partnerships and the delivery of specialist public health services. We are an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care, and a distinct delivery organisation with operational autonomy. We provide government, local government, the NHS, Parliament, industry and the public with evidence-based professional, scientific and delivery expertise and support. 

Open to all external applicants (anyone) from outside the Civil Service (including by definition internal applicants). 

Public Health England promotes diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunities employer. 

Please read the job description for a detailed list of skills and experience you need to succeed in this role.



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

To apply for this job please visit the following URL: https://www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk/csr/jobs.cgi?jcode=1591655 →

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