NHS Engagement and Communications Development Programme

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

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 subscribe to alerts from this page to hear the latest.

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

NHS engagement and communications development workshops

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

Date Topic Venue
CANCELLED: Tuesday 29 September 2020 Crisis communications and reputation management 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 the public, patients and staff Cancelled in line with coronavirus events guidelines. Sign up for updates on future workshops via CommsLink - https://future.nhs.uk/CommsLink/
CANCELLED: Thursday 28 January 2021 Developing, delivering and evaluating an engagement and communications strategy Cancelled in line with coronavirus events guidelines. Sign up for updates on future workshops via CommsLink - https://future.nhs.uk/CommsLink/
CANCELLED: Tuesday 23 March 2021 Social marketing (behaviour change) for NHS campaigns Cancelled in line with coronavirus events guidelines. Sign up for updates on future workshops via CommsLink - https://future.nhs.uk/CommsLink/
CANCELLED: Tuesday 25 May 2021 Public engagement in the NHS: engaging with people and communities Cancelled in line with coronavirus events guidelines. Sign up for updates on future workshops via CommsLink - https://future.nhs.uk/CommsLink/

All workshops run from 9.30am-3.30pm.

Dates and topics of future workshops are currently being finalised and will be added to this page in due course.

NHS mentoring scheme

Our mentoring programme aims to support all NHS engagement, communications and marketing professionals 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 nhsi.mentoringcommunicators@nhs.net.

Guide to mentoring PDF, 361.4 KB

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.

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