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Reference: 60372

Date Added: 13 April 2017
Closing Date: 7 May 2017

Job Title: Head of Policy and Public Affairs

Working For: British Society for Rheumatology

Location: London

Salary: £37,000 – £42,000

Job Details

Key responsibilities

  • Lead and develop evidence-based policy initiatives to support members, influence external stakeholders and highlight the importance of rheumatology
  • Identify and develop strategic opportunities
  • Manage programmes of work such as rare diseases programme, Best Practice Awards, primary care programme
  • Oversee policy areas and parliamentary activities across the UK and provide updates to BSR trustees, members and staff
  • Identify funding opportunities to develop BSR policy initiatives and support BSR aims
  • Develop working relationships with key stakeholders, NHS England, MPs and Peers, research think tanks, medical charities,etc
  • Line manage 2 colleagues and work closely with BSR Directors, staff and members

Main duties


  • Lead and co-ordinate the design and delivery of the policy function
  • Plan and oversee the provision and co-ordination of policy advice to members, senior management and BSR committees
  • Develop areas of importance to rheumatology by undertaking research
  • Participate in focus groups and parliamentary activities to raise the profile of rheumatology and inform policy development


  • Build upon relationships with partners to identify strategic opportunities


  • Develop and implement a public affairs plan to engage parliamentarians
  • Develop strategic partnerships with organisations to deepen policy engagement and knowledge sharing
  • Represent the organisation on high level policy fora and promote BSR as the clinical voice of rheumatology
  • Maintain and expand communication channels with staff, members and partners

Management and resource mobilisation

  • Manage and monitor the annual planning and budget for policy throughout the year, managing risks as appropriate
  • Provide expertise in developing proposals to secure funding for policy, research, patronage and other activities
  • Develop appropriate mechanisms for sharing policy and programme experience, skills and knowledge internally
  • Contribute to the BSR’s strategic and annual planning processes and ensure key policy and learning issues are raised

Other duties

  • Adhere to the Nolan Standards and Code of Conduct and Accountability
  • Carry out other duties as required by the CEO, President and BSR Executive Committee
  • You may be expected to undertake other duties, including deputising for the Director of Clinical Affairs

Closing Date: 7 May 2017

Interview/Start Dates

Application Details

If you would like to apply for this position please submit your CV and a covering letter to recruitment@rheumatology.org.uk by Sunday 7 May 2017.

Website: http://www.rheumatology.org.uk

Additional Notes