Senior Policy Officer (Community and Social Care)
Contract: Full-time (35 hours per week), permanent
Location: Office-based contract with flexibility to work up to 5 days a week remotely (with occasional requirement to visit the London office for team meetings)
Salary: £33,885 - £39,276 per annum plus excellent benefits
Salary Band: Band F1
Department: Policy and Evidence
At the MS Society, we make sure people living with MS are at the centre of everything we do. And it’s this commitment that unites us across the UK.
Our work is based on the hopes and aspirations of our MS community. Together we campaign at all levels, fund ground-breaking research and provide award winning support and information.
Our people are our greatest asset and the key to our success. We offer a vibrant, progressive environment where you will make a difference.
About this job
We’re looking for a Senior Policy Officer to join our Policy and Evidence team and help us secure improvements to vital care and support that people with MS, their families and carers, rely on to live well.
2022 will be another important year in health and care policy. You’ll be working to ensure social care reform in England works for people with MS, to increase support for unpaid carers, and supporting the next phase of our Neurology Now campaign to improve neurology healthcare services. We have strong relationships across the sector and you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate closely with coalition partners to effectively influence external stakeholders and amplify the voices of people affected by MS.
Reporting to the Policy Manager for Health and Care, you’ll contribute to the development of our policy positions, campaigns and influencing programmes. You’ll help to ensure that our policy work is built around strong evidence, informed by and developed with people living with MS, their carers and health and care professionals.
This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a high-performing, supportive and friendly team.
You’ll have experience of working in a policy or influencing role and knowledge of the policy making processes that surround health and/or care in the UK. You’ll be a strategic, analytical thinker, able to understand complex subjects and construct persuasive arguments. And you’ll have excellent written and verbal communication, and interpersonal skills.
We offer 35 days annual leave (pro rata for part time employees) including bank holidays, travel loan and various other benefits such as supported developmental opportunities.
The MS Society is in the midst of an exciting, transformational, period which builds on our great history and will drive us towards achieving our mission and vision as we embark on our Every MS Story strategy.
Closing Date: 9am on 17th January 2022
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We’re a Disability Confident Employer. We’re committed to promoting equality and diversity. We’d be grateful if you could complete the equality and diversity monitoring form attached and submit it with your application.
We particularly welcome applications from people with disabilities and/or from ethnic minority backgrounds, where we’re looking to build stronger and better representation among our staff.
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