Second search for public health body comms head

The Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health has been forced to launch a second hunt for its first director of communications and knowledge management, after failing to fill the role the first time round.

The Commission is recruiting anew for the £80,000-a-year post after the initial search, launched in April, failed to find a suitable candidate.

The body’s head of communications Linda Scott said:‘We are looking for someone who knows how to manage infor-mation and communications in a project of this scale.’

Reporting to the Commission’s chief executive Laura McMurtrie and acting as adviser to the body’s chair and commissioners, the postholder will be responsible for all internal and external promotion of the Commission’s work.

The body was established in January as part of the 2002 NHS Reform and Health Care Professions Act and replaced Community Health Councils as the main body through which the general public can express concerns on local health issues.

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