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
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
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.