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Senior Media Officer

Salary £42,050 (London)
Directorate Strategy & Intelligence
Function Engagement/Communications
Job Type Fixed Term
Hours of Work 37

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Senior Media Officer

Location: London

Salary: Grade B £42,050 (London)

Contract: Fixed term/secondment until March 2019

About the role

Do you want to help shape the news agenda on health and social care? As Senior Media Officer at the Care Quality Commission, you’ll lead on high-profile national stories and offer expert communications advice in response to time-critical issues as part of a busy and high-performing media team.

As one of four Senior Media Officers reporting to the Media Manager, you’ll ensure that the role of the quality regulator and our crucial work in helping people to get safe, high quality health and social care is effectively communicated in the national media.

Specifically, you’ll be responsible for leading the national media relations to support CQC’s regulation of mental healthcare in England, as well as contributing to other media and wider communications work, including leading the team’s social media offer – and generally being a vital part of the team.

The press office operates in a fast-paced, dynamic and at times, challenging environment. We’re looking for someone who performs to a similarly high standard, has solid interpersonal skills, is comfortable with multi-tasking, advising senior colleagues and responding to changing priorities, who understands all forms of media and how to utilise them – and who has a real passion for ensuring that people get the care they deserve.

About you

We are looking for someone who has a proven track record of getting positive media coverage for high-profile and potentially contentious topics, who has experience of crisis management and of advising very senior colleagues on media issues and opportunities, and who is driven and enthusiastic about what they do.

You will have solid interpersonal, analytical and writing skills and experience of working as part of a team: taking an inclusive approach to your work will come naturally to you. You will be able to multi-task and be flexible in how you manage changing priorities.

Also, you will have a strong news sense and understanding of all forms of media, taking an integrated approach to your communications plans, as well as of the national health and care agenda, including CQC’s role within it.


Does this sound like you? If so, see the job description for further information - and apply!

About CQC

CQC is the independent regulator of health and social care in England. We make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and we encourage care services to improve. We monitor, inspect and regulate services to ensure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety and we publish what we find to help people choose care.

Closing date: 25 February 2018

Interview date: TBC

External Candidate Information

• Please provide referee details for a full 3 year employment history on your application along with relevant information to support any gaps in employment, we will not approach your referees without your prior consent.

• Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications being received across all of our vacancies, we are unable to provide individual feedback at application stage.

• We must also inform you that, in line with the majority of government organisations, we do not pay travelling expenses for interviewees.

Tier 2

CQC is currently not able to accept applications from anyone requiring Tier 2 sponsorship because there are currently no Tier 2 vacancies.

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