The NHS Engagement and Communications Development Programme

We’ve designed this programme with NHS Improvement to support NHS engagement and communications professionals across all levels.

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NHS CommsLink

NHS CommsLink is an excellent place to share resources like campaign materials, good practice and success stories, create forums and blogs, and keep up to date with the latest need to know information. NHS Commslink is open to all NHS engagement and communications professionals.

Please email  NHSI.CommsLink2@nhs.net to request access.

NHS engagement and communications development workshops

COVID-19 update: Our workshops for 2020 have been cancelled in line with the events teams’ guidelines. We are now developing webinars and online learning to replace our workshops. Please subscribe to alerts on CommsLink for updates.

Our bi-monthly workshops cover key topics relevant to NHS engagement and communications professionals with the aim of supporting engagement and communications teams across the system.

We aim to improve practical skills as well as understanding of the more strategic elements of engagement and communications vital to delivering the NHS Long Term Plan. There are 70 places per workshop and they are free to attend.

All workshop presentations can be found on CommsLink, or alternatively you can email nhsi.commsdevelopment@nhs.net

Our free workshops are very popular and often fill up quickly. If you would like to be added to the waiting list for a fully booked workshop, please email nhsi.commsdevelopment@nhs.net with the following information:

  • Organisation and type (e.g. ALB, Trust, CCG)
  • Job title
  • Location
  • Any dietary or access requirements

Date

Topic

Location

Time

Venue

Cancelled: Tuesday 29 September 2020 Crisis Communications and Reputation Management London 9:30am -3:30pm Cancelled in line with coronavirus events guidelines. Sign up for updates on future workshops via CommsLink – https://future.nhs.uk/CommsLink/
Cancelled: Tuesday 17 November 2020 Communicating Statistics and Finance to public, patients and staff Birmingham 9:30am -3:30pm Cancelled in line with coronavirus events guidelines. Sign up for updates on future workshops via CommsLink – https://future.nhs.uk/CommsLink/
Cancelled: Tuesday 28 January 2021 Developing, delivering and evaluating a engagement and communications strategy London 9:30am -3:30pm Cancelled in line with coronavirus events guidelines. Sign up for updates on future workshops via CommsLink – https://future.nhs.uk/CommsLink/
Cancelled: 23 March 2021 Social Marketing (Behaviour Change) for NHS campaigns Manchester 9:30am -3:30pm Cancelled in line with coronavirus events guidelines. Sign up for updates on future workshops via CommsLink – https://future.nhs.uk/CommsLink/
Cancelled: 25 May 2021

 

Public engagement in the NHS: Engaging with People and Communities London 9:30am -3:30pm Cancelled in line with coronavirus events guidelines. Sign up for updates on future workshops via CommsLink – https://future.nhs.uk/CommsLink/

NHS mentoring scheme

Our mentoring programme aims to support all NHS engagement and communications people at every level. The aim is for senior NHS engagement, communications and marketing professionals to mentor those in their local area or region. Although most of our mentors work or have worked in senior positions in the NHS many of our mentors come from health charities, national bodies and large third sector organisations.

If you’re interested in mentoring either as a mentee or becoming a mentor, please fill out the relevant form on the NHS Improvement website, and email the completed form to nhsi.mentoringcommunicators@nhs.net.

NHS postgraduate certificate in health communications

Please note that there will be no further cohorts of the Post Graduate Certificate in Health Communications (NHS PGCert) in its current format. We are very grateful for your interest in the certificate and apologise for any disappointment caused by this decision.

By early 2021 we will have delivered 9 cohorts of the NHS PGCert in partnership with CHCR, with over 140 aspiring leaders in engagement and communications having graduated from the course. Many NHS PGCert alumni have progressed to senior leadership roles within the NHS and continue to share their learnings from the course with their colleagues and broader networks.

We would like to thank everyone who has been involved with the course over the years. Your support has been vital in developing leadership and expertise in the profession, which has in turn improved engagement with patients, staff, communities, as well as the patient experience.

The NHS Engagement and Communications Development Programme remains committed to providing meaningful development opportunities, and are currently developing a range of online learning that will be accessible to a broad range of NHS communications and engagement colleagues. Further information will follow in the coming months.

Please get in touch with us at nhsi.commsdevelopment@nhs.net if you have any queries regarding this.