NHS review body begins hunt for top comms staff

The Commission for Health Improvement is to expand its communications team.

The Commission for Health Improvement is to expand its communications team.

The government body was created last year to carry out reviews into every organisation in the NHS as well as to investigate serious problem areas.

Following a review of communications strategy, director of communications Matt Tee has announced the commission needs two senior managers to assist him as well as an extra PRO.

A deputy director of communications role has been created to directly assist Tee and a reviews and investigations communication manager is also needed to head a team of five review PROs. The appointments will grow the comms team to 11.

The review PROs work alongside investigators to give ongoing media support as well as assisting PROs at health organisations, if needed.

So far, 25 reviews have been carried out but Tee expects that figure to increase to as many as 170 per year.

He said: 'Because we are a new body, a lot of our work is to promote ourselves and let people know we are here - that takes a lot of time.

With the increase in our work and the need to get our name known we see these two new posts as vital.'

He added that further appointments may be announced, following a review into the need for internal communications for the CHI's 150 staff.



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