Policy and Research Officer

Royal College of GPS

London, UK

34,545 per annum

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Full time, 35 hours per week

Permanent contract

Grade EL, Salary £34,545 per annum

Location Euston, London

Close date: 9.00am on 23rd April 2019

Interview date: 8th / 9th / 10th May 2019

The Royal College of General Practitioners is the largest membership organisation solely for GPs in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1952, it has over 53,000 members who are committed to improving patient care, developing their own skills and promoting general practice as a discipline. General practice is the largest branch of the medical profession. It provides some 1 million consultations for patients in the UK every working day and deals with 86% of the health problems experienced by the UK population.

We are looking for new members to join our Policy and Campaigns team to help make the case for improvements in primary care and to develop policy solutions to improve general practice in the UK. The successful candidates will contribute to overcoming some of the biggest problem faced by the NHS. They will work closely with highly regarded research, campaigns and media teams to ensure that the voice of general practice is heard at the most senior levels.

We are looking for experienced policy professionals who can work quickly and with confidence to support high profile campaigns in a fast-moving environment. The successful individuals will be responsible for a range of policy areas such as new models of care, regulation of general practice, quality improvement, the use of data in primary care, online consulting, and medical indemnity.

If you are a driven professional looking for a dynamic role where you will quickly be able to offer real influence and value, we would like to hear from you. You should:

  • have particularly impressive skills in written communication, with an eye for detail and an ability to explain complex problems to different audiences.
  • be confident using research and evidence to help make a case for change.
  • be able to represent policy positions to a wide range of stakeholders, including decision-makers and opinion-formers.
  • be a strong self-starter, a completer-finisher and able to work on your own initiative.

The successful candidate will share our corporate values. In return, the College offers excellent terms and conditions.

To apply please upload your CV and cover letter via the RCGP Vacancies page, https://www.rcgp.org.uk/work-a... Royal College of General Practitioners is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

~ Great doctors great care ~

KEY RESULT AREAS

  • Deliver programmes of work providing support and project management on assigned policy areas, quickly gaining expertise on these. This may include writing and project managing reports; compiling responses to consultation exercises; writing briefings for College Officers and senior management; going to external meetings and maintaining relationships with key external stakeholders; and contributing to related research projects.
  • Provide expert advice, guidance and briefing to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Help formulate and implement the College’s response to relevant emerging issues, including supporting the media team to respond to media enquiries and undertake proactive work.
  • Help to successfully manage the College’s relationship on relevant policy areas with key stakeholder organisations – such as NHS England, the Department of Health and representatives of other professional groups
  • Provide support and advice to Chair of Council and other College officers, and to co-ordinate the College’s input into policy making, representing the College at external meetings as required.
  • Work closely with colleagues across the organisation including the Professional Development and Standards team and the Membership Experience team to ensure a consistent policy response across the organisation.
  • Support the Chairs of the RCGP in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and relevant staff in policy development including promoting best practice across the UK.
  • Support, and be the key point of contact, for the College’s clinical representatives on specific policy issues.
  • Attend regular internal meetings including Policy and Campaigns team meetings, media meetings, and meetings with the Chair of Council.
  • Work with the Policy Manager and Research Manager on research projects into specific areas of policy.
  • Contribute to the effective functioning of the Policy and Campaigns team by leading and supporting cross cutting areas of work as appropriate.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

Education:

  • Educated to degree standard, or equivalent work experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Experience of delivering policy support and outputs such as reports.
  • Exceptional written communication skills with the ability to edit and sub edit a range of policy documents.
  • Good interpersonal and influencing skills and the ability to represent the RCGP effectively in a variety of external forums.
  • Experience of planning and delivering projects successfully.
  • Demonstrable track record of engaging with decision-makers and opinion formers.
  • An understanding of how to develop and deliver policy work.
  • Ability to manage competing deadlines and respond quickly to shifting priorities.
  • Ability to work effectively with limited supervision and to exercise own initiative.
  • Ability to think creatively with a positive approach to problem-solving.
  • Ability to take complex issues and to present them succinctly and accessibly, both orally and in writing.

Desirable

  • Good knowledge of the UK health system and issues affecting General Practitioners.

Attributes:

  • Demonstrable personal resilience, tact and diplomacy.
  • Excellent listening and verbal skills.
  • Robust self-starter.
  • Creative problem solver.
  • Excellent team player and ‘people person’.
  • Pro-active in challenging, changing and adapting to circumstances.
  • Flexibility in responding to changing priorities and environments.

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