UCL Hospital Trust hunts chief of PR

The University College London Hospitals NHS Trust is recruiting for a communications head.

The University College London Hospitals NHS Trust is recruiting for

a communications head.



The trust is the fifth largest, with an income of pounds 220m, giving it

the UK’s second largest hospital research portfolio.



The newly created post will be responsible for communicating both

internally and externally - a task complicated by the fact that the

Trust’s 5,200 staff are scattered across six sites.



The trust manages Middlesex Hospital, University College, the National

Hospital for Neurosurgery and Neurology, the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

Hospital, the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, and the Eastman Dental

Hospital.



One of the post holder’s key roles will be to handle all communications

issues arising from the construction of the new UCL Hospital on Euston

Road, which is due for completion in 2003. The new hospital buildings

will eventually house all but the Eastman Dental Hospital and the

Hospital for Tropical Diseases.



The project promises to generate media interest as well as attracting

the attention of medical pressure groups and continued political

scrutiny.



The communications head will report directly to chief executive Peter

Reading, and will work alongside press officer Sam Ryall.



’Whoever we finally choose must have the political nous and sensitivity

both to deal effectively with the outside world and to understand the

sometimes Byzantine ways of a teaching hospital,’ commented Reading.



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