Breathe Arts Health Research seeks Communications and Engagement Coordinator

Closing Date: 12 December 2018

Breathe Arts Health Research

Location: London, United Kingdom

Remuneration: £30,000, pro-rata (£18,000 for 3 days per week)


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Background information:
At Breathe Arts Health Research (AHR), we believe everybody has the equal right to lead a happy, healthy and fulfilled life. For some people, however, there are significant barriers to this: ill health, a stressful job, loneliness, or simply living in a society that is not well adapted to their physical or emotional needs.

The arts can offer people facing these challenges something very special: the chance to discover their creativity and interact with others, giving them purpose, self-belief and value, as well as improving their health. By breathing music, magic, dance – and much more – into hospitals and communities, we offer people hope, friendship and fulfilment when they need it most. Breathe AHR’s work is supported by robust clinical research and was awarded the NHS England Innovation Challenge Award in 2016. We were also named one of The Observer and Nesta’s 50 most exciting companies in the UK 2014.

Breathe AHR is a community interest company, founded in 2012. Part of our work is as a strategic partner to Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and we work with them to deliver a diverse performing arts programme across Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. This consists of a range of creative workshops, performances and events in public and clinical settings across 3 hospitals and a range of community health sites for patients, staff, visitors and the local communities of Lambeth & Southwark.

Job Summary
The Communications and Engagement Coordinator is a new role that will support the Performing Arts team to further embed our programme into Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and the broader arts and health sector. Our aim is to ensure we reach as many patients, staff and local residents as possible to engage in our work and this post holder will be key to that; they will also help us increase our co-production with staff through a new staff steering group and other staff focused engagements.

The successful candidate will be a skilled and highly confident communicator, with excellent interpersonal skills. They will be expected to build and maintain strong relationships with both internal and external stakeholders, including NHS Trust staff, funders, patients and their families and the wider communities of Lambeth & Southwark. This will be a busy, exciting role, requiring the post holder to balance a highly varied workload, so we are looking for someone proactive with fresh ideas, who can respond calmly and efficiently.