Communications Development Programme


We've designed this programme with NHS England to support NHS communicators across all levels.

Postgraduate Certificate in Health Communications

Aspiring communications leaders course supplier is CHCR

After a comprehensive procurement process over the summer, the Centre for Health Communications Research – partnered with Bucks New University – will continue to deliver the Post Graduate Certificate in Health Communications. The course is part of an NHS joint communications development programme and is aimed at aspiring leaders in engagement and communications from across health and care. 

Along with NHS England, we deliver the programme in recognition of the critical role the profession has in delivering the transformational change needed to support the NHS in the future. The leadership and expertise provided by professional communicators has a vital role to play not only in engaging with patients, staff and communities but in improving the patient experience.    

Applications for Cohort 6 and Cohort 7 will open at 09:00 on Tuesday 27th November when the CHCR website will go live.

Cohort 6

There will be a cohort 6 of the very popular Post Graduate Certificate in Health Communications. Applications for cohort 6, which will begin in March/April 2019, are expected to open in November 2018. 

If you want to register an interest in cohort 6 please email

Who should apply

The bespoke NHS communications qualification is a part-time postgraduate course for those in permanent NHS communications roles at (AfC) Band 7 and 8 who aspire to positions of leadership.

Course topics

The course consists of four intensive week-long modules such as external, interpersonal, internal and management/leadership communications.  

The bespoke course is being designed to reflect the current challenges facing senior communicators and communications teams in provider organisations, clinical commissioning group, sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) and/or integrated care systems (ICSs).

Regional communications and engagement workshops

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

We aim to improve practical skills as well as understanding of the more strategic elements of communications and engagement vital to delivering NHS objectives locally, regionally and nationally. There are 65 places per workshop and they are free to attend.

All presentations from previous workshops can be found on CommsLink, or alternatively you can email

Please email to reserve a place on a first come first served basis.

Date Topic Location Time Venue
Tuesday 22 January 2019 Trends in internal communications and staff engagement London 09:30-15:30 Broadway House
Tuesday 19 March 2019 Using social media in NHS communications – theory and skills training Manchester 09:30-15:30 The Studio
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Tuesday 14 May 2019 Storytelling for NHS communicators London 09:30-15:30 Broadway House
Tuesday 16 July 2019 Developing and delivering a communications and engagement strategy: delivering organisational objectives Newcastle 09:30-15:30 Centre For Life

Mentoring scheme

Our mentoring programme aims to support all NHS communicators at every level. The aim is for senior NHS communications, engagement 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 and email the completed form to

The refreshed online network connecting and supporting all NHS communicators working in Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Commissioning Support Units, and Arm’s Length Bodies is now live.

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

Please email to request access.

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