Head of Public Engagement and Involvement

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7090780 (Ref.No. MHNCC1368)
Posted: December 17, 2021

Job Description

Are you a proven leader in public, patient and stakeholder engagement with the expertise to advise and support senior stakeholders? Do you have detailed experience of programme development, oversight and implementation? Are you an inspiring senior manager, able to motivate teams and build alliances across networks and partnerships?   

As National Head of Public Engagement and Involvement, you will lead on embedding the voice of patients, carers and the wider public and ensuring their active involvement across the work of the Clinical Research Network, which includes healthcare, social care and public health. Whilst managing programmes of work you will adopt an innovative approach and have the ability to think laterally about the way we reach out to engage and involve people in the work of research delivery.

You will be a proven leader with a record of delivery and will have specialist expertise, knowledge and professional credibility in the area of patient and public involvement and engagement (PPIE). As a skilful and engaging communicator you will have a flair for the use of a wide range of media including digital channels.

As the Head of a network and geographically dispersed team you will be an experienced senior manager with a facilitative approach to leadership. You will be able to demonstrate a track record in supporting teams to deliver successful outcomes and you will have the proven ability to think strategically and engage and motivate those you lead.   

In this role you will lead projects associated with the strategic requirements of the Clinical Research Network (CRN). Key elements of this role are leading and participating in regional and national patient and public involvement, events, developing partnerships with stakeholders, sharing best practice and integrating this knowledge throughout the CRN and the wider NIHR. Planning and prioritising competing demands and acting as a thought leader for PPIE in the organisation, you will establish and develop a wide professional network both within and outside the NIHR and work closely with our community, charity and industry partners. You will be skilled in applying the latest techniques for securing both breadth and the depth of patient involvement and engagement so that the patient and public voice is central to our work.

The employer for this role will be University of Leeds.

The role will be based in Leeds or London

The employer for this role will be the University of Leeds and will be initially home based with some office working potentially required in Leeds or London subject to future COVID-19 restrictions. 

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Imogen Shillito, Director of Stakeholder Engagement and Communications 

Tel: +44 (0)7879 114 046

Email: [email protected]

The University of Leeds is committed to providing equal opportunities for all and offers a range of family friendly policies. The University is a charter member of Athena SWAN and holds a Bronze award. We will be happy to consider job share applications and are committed to flexible working for all our employees.

Location:  Leeds or London
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Medicine & Health
School/Institute:  NIHR CRNCC
Section:  NIHR CRN - Leeds or London Office
Category:  Professional & Managerial
Grade:  Grade 9
Salary:  £51,799 to £60,022 p.a.
plus London weighting of £4,636 p.a pro rata where applicable
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (31/03/2024)
Release Date:  Thursday 16 December 2021
Closing Date:  Sunday 16 January 2022
Reference:  MHNCC1368


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