NHS review body begins hunt for top comms staff

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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