National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is the independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance and advice on promoting high quality health, public health and social care.
Our role is to improve outcomes for people using the NHS and other public health and social care services. We do this by:
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Role title: Communications executive (enquiry handling)
Reporting to the communications manager for enquiry handling, the communications executive answers questions about NICE’s work. They research the answers as well as liaising with other teams and external stakeholders to coordinate responses to enquiries, Freedom of Information requests and parliamentary questions and correspondence. They also draft responses to letters from Members of Parliament and the House of Lords. They manage their own caseload of enquiries, including answering phone enquiries, all within agreed timescales.
What you will bring to NICE
Are you an enthusiastic customer service or communications professional, with experience of responding to a wide range of enquiries?
Can you explain what we do and how we work to a variety of audiences?
Do you get job satisfaction from helping people understand complex or sensitive information?
To be considered for this role, on your application you should be able to demonstrate:
An understanding of a range of work procedures and practices in an enquiry handling, customer service or case management environment, underpinned by theoretical knowledge or relevant practical experience.
Experience of dealing with difficult and emotionally demanding telephone calls.
Outstanding writing skills, including the ability to synthesise/analyse complex information and/or large volumes of data and present it clearly and precisely.
Ability to use standard Microsoft packages (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook) and ability to use the internet to search for and resource information.
An understanding of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and Data Protection Act 2018
If shortlisted, candidates should be able to demonstrate remaining criteria from the attached person specification during a short test and competency based interview.
The enquiry handling team is responsible for answering enquiries from the public, healthcare professionals, patient groups, charities, MPs and professional bodies. You’ll be part of a small, experienced, and supportive team within the communications directorate.
For an informal discussion please contact Helen Finn, senior communications manager (enquiry handling)
Closing date: 26 January 2022
Interview date: 09 February 2022
Our main purpose is to improve health and wellbeing by putting science and evidence at the heart of health and care decision making. As an organisation we all collaborate to achieve this same goal through empowering our workforce to do great things!
We are going through an exciting period of change and rapid growth. There could not be a better time to join us.
We have modern offices in Manchester city centre and Stratford, London. Please take into consideration that you may be required to commute to one of our offices for business purposes.
We are currently working from home due to government guidance, when we return staff are encouraged to work 1 day a week in the office. We are a flexible employer, and you will have the opportunity to discuss any potential for flexible working with your manager.
Important – Due to NICE’s use of anonymised recruitment practices we ask all candidates not to include any personal details within their application. Please ensure you provide sufficient detail in the supporting information section to allow our team to make an informed judgement about your suitability for this role at this stage. CV’s will not be considered.
NICE is committed to the equality, diversity and inclusion of all our candidates and staff, and we are committed to creating a workforce which represents the communities we serve. We welcome applications from everyone, and in particular we encourage applications from candidates with disabilities, and candidates from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds who are currently under-represented in our workforce.
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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence offers a dynamic and friendly working environment where teamwork is highly valued.
We offer a range of benefits including:
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