Senior Engagement Officer (Vaccination Programme), Band 6


Posted: 2 years ago

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust

£32,306 - £39,027 p.a.

Fixed term (6 months)

At Dorset HealthCare we’re on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We’re a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We like to do things differently here – it’s one of the reasons the CQC rated us ‘outstanding’ in 2019. It’s also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you’re looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, a vibrant urban location, thriving seaside spot, or the among the rolling hills of a stunning rural setting, there are a lot of ways you can make a difference in our local communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future – we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We’re an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you’ll be part of a strong team. You’ll challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don’t know. And you’ll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Could you help us to understand how our communities feel about COVID-19 vaccination and support Dorset people to protect themselves against the virus that’s impacted everyone’s lives?

The roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme has been one of the biggest turning points of the pandemic, helping us find a way out of the restrictions.

And with vaccination continuing as a cornerstone of the response to the virus, it’s vital that we continue to communicate and engage well with people on how they can access their jab.

Dorset HealthCare is the lead organisation for Dorset’s vaccination programme, working closely with a wide range of partners to offer choice and convenience to our communities.

We need a skilled and caring engagement lead to help deliver the next phase of our communications and engagement plan, which will support our operational teams as they protect local people.

With the spring booster campaign kicking off and the ongoing ‘evergreen’ offer for those eligible to take up the vaccine, there’s plenty to do for a proactive and understanding engagement expert.

You’ll be adept at listening to and understanding a wide range of views, working with people to find solutions that work for them.

Working closely with our system communications and engagement leads, you’ll use a range of tactics to reach every part of our community, especially those who are impacted by health inequalities.

You’ll work closely with a new communications lead and uptake manager to ensure we engage and involve in ways that work for our audiences and communities.

This is a full time role, 37.5 hours per week.

Our talented, supportive system comms and engagement leads will show you the ropes as you get stuck into the important job of getting to know and understand our vaccination service and working with our operational teams to ensure we overcome barriers and enable people to access their vaccination.

This is a chance to be involved in one of the biggest games in town, working with colleagues across our health and care system and using your brilliant engagement skills to make a real difference to people’s lives.

As we create our ongoing business as usual service this is currently a fixed term role with the chance of an extension as we work to understand how the service will run in future. It could be offered as a secondment to the right candidate, with agreement from your current employer.

Interview Date: 14 April 2022

If you’d like an informal chat about the role please contact to arrange a call: Sally Northeast, Deputy Director, OD, Participation and Communications at

What working for us will provide:

  • 27 days of annual leave, rising to 33 over ten years
  • Excellent NHS pension scheme
  • Health and wellbeing services
  • Flexible working options, including family-friendly hours
  • Free training and one-to-one career coaching to reach your career goals
  • Preceptorship programme for newly qualified nurses and AHPs
  • Access to nine staff networks – have a voice and transform our Trust
  • Relocation costs where applicable
  • Salary sacrifice scheme opportunities – including childcare vouchers, car lease and cycle scheme, home technology equipment, and buying and selling annual leave
  • NHS discounts to save on your shopping, gym membership and more

Visit our careers website to learn more about our culture, staff stories, benefits, development programmes and opportunities.

What you need to do:

Before applying for this post, please do ensure that you have read the job description and person specification requirements. If you think you have everything we're looking for, then we'd love to hear from you, alternatively if you would like more information about the role please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Applicants who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Further guidance can be found on the website.

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