JOB: Policy and Public Affairs Officer, Royal College of General Practitioners

Royal College of General Practitioners
Salary – Band EN, Salary £30,868 per annum
Location(s) – Cardiff
Contract Type – Full time, Permanent
Closing Date – 8 January 2019
Interview Date – 18 January 2019

To apply please upload your CV and cover letter via the RCGP careers page,

The Royal College of General Practitioners is the largest membership organisation
solely for GPs in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1952, it has over 52,000 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

We are currently looking for a Policy and Public Affairs Officer who has previous
experience defining and communicating policy direction and key priorities. The post
holder will work with senior stakeholders, including Assembly Members and the
Welsh Government, to promote the College in Wales. This will be achieved through
high quality public relations, publications, web content, internal communications and
policy development.

We are looking for a confident individual who is educated to degree level or
equivalent with policy, public affairs and media experience. The post holder should
have a good political understanding with the ability to quickly assimilate complex
issues. You will have strong communication skills both written and verbally with the
ability to build relationships both internally and externally.

The ability to communicate in the medium of Welsh is desirable though not essential.
The successful candidate will share our corporate values. In return, the College
offers excellent terms and conditions.

The Royal College of General Practitioners is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

~ Great doctors great care ~


The nature of the work of the Policy and Public Affairs Officer will be to:

  • Develop and implement, in conjunction with the Chair and Manager of RCGP Wales and Devolved Councils Campaigns Officer, the policy public affairs and campaigns strategy for the College in Wales.
  • Work closely with RCGP’s Policy & Campaigns and PR & Corporate Communications teams in London, and in particular with the Campaigns Manager and the Devolved Councils Campaigns Officer.
  • Recognising the Welsh perspective, proactively identify strategic policy issues and priorities, ensuring alignment where appropriate with RCGP overall policy and strategic priorities.  Promote further understanding and development of Welsh policy matters with RCGP, producing informed analyses of health and public health policy.
  • Develop RCGP Wales’ influence and networks in Wales, building on the links with Welsh Government, Cabinet Secretaries and opposition health spokespeople and Health Committee members, acting as an ambassador for the College in Wales.
  • Lead responsibility for looking after key policy areas and support work on special policy projects.
  • Advise on all Welsh policy and PR within RCGP Wales, working closely with senior staff and officers within RCGP Wales, and colleagues in the Policy and PR teams in RCGP Headquarters and in the other Devolved Councils, identifying emerging health issues and their likely impact on RCGP Wales’ work, and co-ordinating its policy response.
  • Execute a pro-active and reactive media and social media strategy to raise awareness of the College and its campaign to ensure a better future for general practice in Wales.
  • Provide advice and support to the Chair and officers of RCGP Wales in relation to promoting and communicating messages to media and key stakeholders.
  • Identify news angles and arrange interviews with target media and draft press notices for Welsh national, regional and trade press.
  • Proactively research and write working papers, briefings, policy positions and consultation responses.
  • Brief and prepare Chair and other members for Health Committee evidence sessions.
  • Maintain a keen and up to date awareness of issues within the health arena and advise senior officers and staff accordingly, providing information, policy and PR advice to boards, committees, and to other RCGP activities as appropriate.
  • Proactively engage with Welsh Media to promote the College viewpoint wherever appropriate, and draft and agree reactive responses to issues arising in the media and in relation to government policy.



  • Educated to degree level standard or equivalent.


  • Experience of working in a similar policy and public affairs and/or communications role, ideally in a devolved nation setting.
  • Experience of advising colleagues and decision makers on policy issues.
  • Ability to quickly assimilate complex issues and develop policy stance and ‘lines to take’.
  • Awareness of, and keen interest in, key issues in health and public health.
  • Good level of political understanding, sensitivity and awareness.
  • Experience of influencing and networking with external organisations.
  • Experience of working with the media.
  • Experience of using social media to promote policy and campaigns messages.

Knowledge / Skills / Attributes


  • Takes steps to establish and develop effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Communicates at all levels and across all disciplines with ease.
  • Identifies the purpose of a given communication and adjusts the communication medium and style to the audience.
  • Researches, analyses and classifies information so that it can be used for appropriate purposes.
  • Ability to work proactively to identify and achieve project goals.


  • Interacts with staff and other professions with respect for difference and diversity.
  • Takes ownership of situations and accepts responsibility for making decisions or taking initiative for action.
  • Demonstrates professionalism and enthusiasm for RCGP.
  • Manages priorities to ensure that projects of the highest importance are delivered first, thus demonstrating excellent time management and prioritisation skills.
  • Has excellent drafting and report writing skills and experience.


  • Establishes and develops effective relationships both within and across functional and geographical divides in RCGP.
  • Able to evidence previous work that demonstrates they can deal with a complex and diverse workload.
  • Able to evidence previous work that demonstrates they can work under pressure and follow through on projects without the routine direction of a line manager.
  • Though not essential, the ability to communicate through the medium of Welsh is desirable.