NW1, London
£45,660 - £49,521 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

We are recruiting for an experienced Policy Manager who will lead on developing the policy function and strategy for the RCOphth. 

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) is the only professional body for medically qualified eye doctors, who specialise in the prevention, treatment and management of eye disease, including surgery to optimise eye care for all patients. We are the voice of the profession and champion excellence in the practice of ophthalmology. We do this through our collaborative work across the eye health sector and with regulatory healthcare bodies.

About you

You will need to show substantial experience in all areas from development of policies and impact assessments to high level stakeholder engagement and consultation.  We are looking for someone with a positive, can do attitude and is committed to excellence and high standards in all they do.

You will need the following experience

  • Extensive experience of leading on policy development, including the understanding of legislation and its impact
  • Extensive high level stakeholder management that includes government, health bodies (eg NHS England), charity and research
  • Experience of handling strategies and tactics for dealing with contentious or complex issues
  • Experience of working across multiple departments and teams, particularly in a professional membership organisation
  • Experience of line management

About the role

There are proposed legislative changes to the way healthcare will be delivered and the medical profession regulated.  We want to ensure that ophthalmology is engaged with policy decision makers and proactively putting the case for better patient care and the sustainability of the workforce; promoting the RCOphth as the ‘go to’ authority on eye care services. We are doing this through key areas of collaborative work across health regulatory and arms-length bodies, but it requires a strong policy framework.

The Policy Manager will sit in the Policy & Communications team and work directly with the Executive (College Officers and Senior Management) to identify policy gaps and opportunities both in the short and long term.  The post holder will work with key stakeholders to identify how the policy function will change the way we work and embed the new process throughout the organisation.

Working for RCOphth

Our overall staff numbers have grown in the past 18 months.  We are recruiting the right people with the right specialist skills in the Policy & Communications team to help us deliver on our strategic aims. In return, we offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. 

To apply, please submit your CV and a covering letter (explaining how you meet the person specification along with your salary expectations).  A covering letter is an important part of our application process so we encourage you to submit one, as your application may not be shortlisted if you do not.

We are currently running interviews remotely, in accordance with Government advice, so if you envisage any issues with accessing a computer, webcam or a sufficient internet connection for a video call, then please do highlight this in your covering letter. We will do all we can to ensure you have the best experience in applying to work with us during this time.

For more information on the role, please contact Liz Price on 0 2 0 3 7 7 0 5 3 2 7

(office hours are 09.00-17.00)

Closing date:  Friday 23rd April 2021 at 16:00hrs

1st round interviews:  Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th May 2021

2nd round interviews:  Thursday 20th May

Please note for 2nd round interviews candidates will be required to prepare a 20 minute presentation which should be sent in advance and by 17.00, Monday 17 May 2021. 

Applicants must already have the right to work within the UK without restriction.  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.



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Refreshed on: 16 April 2021
Closed date: 23 April 2021
Tags: Communications, PR, Policy/Research