Greater London (Hybrid)
£28,336.1 - £30,734 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Title: Senior Policy Officer

Location: Albert Embankment, London – Your role will be agile meaning that you can work flexibly between 2 days at our London office and from home

Hours: 35hrs per week

Salary: £28,336.13 to £30,734.05 per annum incl. London weighting

Contract: Permanent


We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Policy Officer to join our established and friendly Policy & Practice team.


Rethink Mental Illness exists to improve the lives of people severely affected by mental illness. We are in our 50th year of creating change for our beneficiaries. As we look to embed the blueprint of our Communities That Care report in the lives of people severely affected by mental illness, there has never been a more exciting time to work in mental health.

As Senior Policy Officer, you’ll play a vital role in setting out Rethink Mental Illness’s position as a thought leader and key stakeholder in the mental health sector and support the organisation to influence and create lasting change. With a working knowledge of the mental health policy environment and levers for change, you will be able to understand complex policy issues, recognise their relevance to Rethink Mental Illness, and identify policy solutions.

Your role is likely to focus on the clinical and physical health strands of our Communities That Care model. You will work to ensure that the landmark ambitions of the NHS Long Term Plan and Community Mental Health Framework are realised, meaning that people severely affected by mental illness can access high quality joined-up treatment and care for their mental health and other needs in their local community. You contribute substantially to our influencing of government and other stakeholders to address poorer life expectancy and physical health inequalities experienced by those with severe mental illness. You may additionally conduct policy work on mental illness among children and young people, drawing on learning from our ground-breaking programmes work.

You will understand how you can bring about change and feel comfortable doing so proactively and collaboration with colleagues, partners and other stakeholders at all levels. You will know how to generate and analyse data and bring issues to life by drawing out the lived experience of people severely affected by mental illness. A persuasive writer, you will be able to draw effectively on evidence to produce credible policy reports, briefings, blogs, and consultation responses.


If you’re passionate about using policy to improve the lives of people severely affected by mental illness, then we want to hear from you. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop their skills, within the knowledgeable and supportive Rethink Mental Illness Policy team.


What we are looking for:

  • a good working knowledge of the current mental health policy environment and levers for policy change
  • experience of successfully analysing the external environment and identifying policy solutions
  • an interest in creating change, and a good understanding of influencing parliament, arms-length bodies, and external stakeholders
  • a degree-level (or higher) qualification in a relevant subject appropriate to the role or equivalent knowledge gained through experience
  • experience of using policy research methods to get insights from service users and policy makers to develop and deliver credible policy messaging and solutions
  • excellent persuasive writing skills which you can adapt for different audience


You may also have:

  • Experience of working in mental health support services.
  • Experience of co-producing policy with service users.
  • Project management skills.
  • Experience of working as part of a coalition of organisations and/or charities 


Why join us?

We’re Rethink Mental Illness, a leading charity provider of mental health services in England. We support thousands of people through our groups, services, policy, campaigns and advice and information. Our work supports us in delivering on our mission: “A better life for everyone severely affected by mental illness.”


We offer a wide range of support. Some of our benefits include:

  • Wellbeing support: our Wellbeing hub gives physical, emotional, and mental health support. We also have a BUPA Employee Assistance Programme with access to appointments.
  • Taking time for you: we work flexibly –you get to choose where you work, managing your own diary. We have generous annual leave, starting at 25 rising to 30 days, plus bank holidays, as well as your birthday off.
  • Planning for the future: We have a contributory pension scheme.
  • Structured Induction: Onboarding you into the Charity supporting your wellbeing along the way.
  • £300 when you introduce a Friend: receive up to £300 when you introduce a friend or family member



We welcome applications from everyone, applicants with lived experience, those who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ ), people with a disability, or those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are actively encouraged to apply. We are proud to have also been awarded Disability Confident employer status. We have an ambition of becoming an anti-racist organisation and we recognise there is more to do in ensuring our recruitment is fair and inclusive, which is why we are recruiting new roles in helping us to achieve this.


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Posted on: 30 June 2022
Closed date: 19 July 2022 at 09:00
Tags: Policy/Research

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