Public sector news in brief

BIRMINGHAM: Birmingham City Hospital NHS Trust is on the lookout for a director of communications. The role has been created in anticipation of the body gaining foundation status. Scoring three out of three stars in government ratings, it is hoped the hospital will switch to foundation status on 1 July. The director will report to chief executive Mark Britnell and will manage a team of four.

SOUTHWARK: Southwark Council’s communications team is poised to announce the completion of a departmental shake-up in a move that will centralise its comms function. Communications managers in each of its six departments will co-ordinate all comms activity through the centre.

BURY: Bury Metropolitan Borough Council has launched a campaign to get residents and local politicians to sign up to the national organ donor register run by UK Transplant. The council staged a photo opportunity for local media at a recent council meeting where all 48 councillors lined up to sign the register. Forms have also been sent out in newsletter the Bury Metro News, which reaches 76,000 homes.

BRENT: Brent London Borough Council’s campaign to publicise its citizenship ceremonies kicked off with a high-profile visit when Prince Charles attended the first event two weeks ago. The council is expected to greet new citizens every week following the initial ceremony, which saw 19 new citizens sworn in.

ISLE OF WIGHT: The Isle of Wight Council comms team has launched a campaign to ensure residents are claiming the benefits they are entitled to. Called ‘claim it and keep it’, the campaign encourages residents to check they are claiming sufficient housing, pension and council tax benefits, and is designed to coincide with a rise in council tax. The move follows research that revealed residents were likely to spend any extra money they had in local shops. A quarter of the Isle of Wight’s residents are retired.

WALTHAM FOREST: The London Borough of Waltham Forest is gearing itself up for 18 May when it will be revealed whether London’s bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games has been shortlisted to the next stage. If so, the department plans to launch a campaign to demonstrate the potential of hosting the games to the borough and to showcase local sporting talent.

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