COM216 - Public Affairs and Campaigns Adviser

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Posted: 21/01/2022 10:50
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: £28,585 - £37,295 per annum
Location: London
Level: Administrative
Deadline: 14/03/2022 23:59
Hours: 35
Benefits: For more information about our benefits, please see below
Job Type: Full Time

London and home working

Salary: Grade 4: £30,000-£35,000 depending on experience

Contract type: Permanent

Full time (35 hours per week) or part time (28 hours per week)

This is an exciting opportunity at a crucial time for the Royal College of Physicians. We are at the heart of supporting doctors through the pandemic, we have a key role in helping to reset the NHS, and our profile in Parliament and the health sector is as high as it has ever been.

The public affairs and campaigns adviser will help us to make sure the impact of the pandemic results in innovations and improvements in healthcare. You will help develop and deliver our public affairs influencing work, developing relationships with people in Parliament, Whitehall, and the health and care sector. You will use those relationships to make sure we have influence on issues related to workforce, health inequalities, integrated care and research.

You will be as comfortable speaking to parliamentarians and other stakeholders as you are writing consultation submissions and briefings. You will understand and be able to engage with the detail of legislation, while appreciating the bigger picture and our place in it. You will have experience of carefully analysing the external environment to spot opportunities to raise the profile of our policy priorities. And you will be able to help quickly draft press releases and media statements.

The policy and campaigns team – and the wider communications, policy and research directorate - is a fast paced, collaborative and innovative environment. We value the opinions and ideas of every member of the team and actively seek their contributions. You will contribute to policy development, help us set our objectives and improve the ways we work.

Responsibilities

  • Developing a broad understanding of key policy issues and positions so you can help the RCP meet its objectives by contributing to the development and implementation of strategies to engage with and influence decision makers.
  • Maintaining a keen awareness of issues within the health sector, politics and the media in order to spot opportunities, contribute to policy development, advise senior officers and work with communications colleagues and other staff as appropriate.
  • Maintaining and developing relationships with Parliamentarians, their staff and civil servants.
  • Proactively identifying opportunities for engagement, working with the media team to craft statements so relevant issues are highlighted to the media.
  • Maintaining and developing relationships with other health organisations and bodies involved in the delivery of care.
  • Working flexibly and proactively, undertaking a range of work such as writing briefings, letters, parliamentary bulletins and consultation responses.
  • Preparing senior officers and staff for stakeholder meetings, and yourself representing the RCP at meetings and events.

Experience

You will

  • have a background in public affairs, understanding how the UK political system works and how to effectively influence it
  • have contributed to developing and delivering successful influencing campaigns, including tailoring communications to a variety of audiences
  • have excellent writing skills and experience of producing briefings, consultation responses and other communications on behalf of an organisation and senior people
  • be able to quickly develop positive and effective working relationships with a diverse range of people, including those in senior positions
  • be able to act on your own initiative to develop new work, proposing reasonable and realistic solutions
  • understand the importance of and be committed to involving a diverse range of organisations and people in developing and delivering campaigns.

Benefits

  • 27 days holiday plus bank holidays
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Learning and development opportunities
  • Flexible working

About the RCP

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is a patient-centred and clinically led membership organisation for physicians, with 41,000 members worldwide. The RCP works to ensure that physicians are trained to provide high-quality care, and promotes evidence-based policies to government to encourage healthy lifestyles and reduce illness. By working in partnership with other health organisations, we present a powerful and unified voice to improve health and healthcare.

Our values

We are committed to taking care, learning, and being collaborative. These values drive the way we behave, how we interact with each other, and how we work together to achieve our vision and improve patient care.

We value taking care

This means we behave respectfully towards people, whatever their role, position, gender or background. It means we act as representatives of the RCP, and take decisions in the interests of the organisation as a whole.

We value learning

This means we continuously improve through active learning and honest reflection, so that we grow personally and as an organisation, while striving for excellence. We support learning and development opportunities.

We value being collaborative

This means we work together towards the RCP’s vision in a collaborative and professional way, understanding that individuals bring different strengths and approaches to our work. We value diversity and each other’s contributions.

For more information about the role, please view the job description and person specification. If you would like to talk to us about it, please email Louise Forsyth, public affairs manager, via louise.forsyth@rcplondon.ac.uk.

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to louise.forsyth@rcplondon.ac.uk

Closing date: 18 February 

Interview date: TBC 

The RCP positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion or belief, marital status or pregnancy and maternity. 

The RCP is all about our people – our members, our staff, our volunteers and leaders. We educate, influence and collaborate to improve health and healthcare for everyone and know we can only do this by being inclusive, encouraging and celebrating diverse perspectives. That’s why welcoming and having people who represent the 21st-century medical workforce and the diverse population of patients we serve is so important to us.



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