GCS Flex Team

The GCS Flex Team is a pool of expert communication professionals that can help departments, agencies and arms-length bodies deliver priority projects and campaigns.

The team can quickly pick up briefs, integrate and embed immediately into your organisation and start delivering impact from day one.

Borrow a communications expert

The core objectives of the flex team are to:

  • help Government Communication Service (GCS) deliver the annual government communications plan by filling capability gaps in essential roles
  • provide expertise where departments have specific short/medium term needs, and transfer skills during the assignment

Flex typically provides support for placements of 3 to 6 months, although this can be shorter or longer depending on need.

The team includes a mix of Senior Communications Managers (SEO – Senior Executive Offer) and Heads of Communication (Grade 7 – G7), with expertise across all MCOM disciplines including Strat Comms, Press and Media, External Affairs, Campaigns and Digital.

Past projects include the COVID-19 vaccine uptake campaign, external affairs and business engagement for NHS Test and Trace, and communications activity to support the UK’s exit from the European Union.

How to get extra resource for your team

The GCS Flex Team is currently planning its deployments for 2022/23.

If your department needs SEO or G7 resource to help you meet priority campaigns, please download the following form and email it to gcsflex@cabinetoffice.gov.uk:

Flex team bid form (Word, 4 pages, 18KB)

A member of the Flex Team will then contact you to discuss your requirements and decide what support we can offer.

Flex team access is available for GCS members only, not for affiliate members.