Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
£19,190 per year
Permanent, Part-time, 2.5 Days per week (17.5 hours)
Job description

The Royal College of Podiatry are seeking an enthusiastic, experienced individual with experience of contributing to policy and the ability to communicate our position in Northern Ireland to a wide range of audiences and increase our profile.

This is a fantastic role, over 2.5 days per week, for someone who understands the political and policy environment in Northern Ireland, who is outcome-focused and delivers tangible results. A skilled communicator, with a good understanding of the policy making process, you’ll join a high performing, team to develop high impact policy and public affairs strategies.


Job purpose: 

  • To support policy development in Northern Ireland in line with the Royal College’s strategic plan
  • To raise the profile of the Royal College and establish the Royal College’s position with key stakeholders as the primary authority in relation to podiatry and foot health
  • To identify examples of best practice in podiatry and promote this to internal and external stakeholders

Key responsibilities of the role:

Under the direction of the Head of Policy and Public Affairs and accountable to the relevant committees, to be responsible for:

  • Developing evidence-based policy positions to influence policy at local and national levels
  • Building effective relations with Ministers, MLAs, the Chief AHP Officer, Arm’s Length Bodies and Civil Servants, ensuring that opinion formers are fully briefed on the impact of podiatry interventions
  • Scanning the political horizon to identify areas of policy relevant to the Royal College in Northern Ireland and developing responses to external consultations
  • Developing and maintaining effective, coordinated, working relations with political parties, healthcare professional bodies, charities and patient bodies
  • Managing the Royal College’s public affairs presence at external events and representing the Royal College at external meetings as required
  • Representing the Royal College and providing policy and public affairs support to the Northern Ireland Managers’ group
  • To work from home self-directed to enable regular travel to meet members which may include regular overnight stays within travel policy
  • To have regular complex and challenging conversations with internal and external stakeholders
  • To contribute to corporate communications including, the members’ magazine, e-newsletters, and website
  • To deputise for the Head of Policy when required
  • Updating members on the Royal College’s policy and public affairs work by attending branch meetings and disseminating regular newsletters
  • Using social media to promote the Royal College’s policy and public affairs work to stakeholders
  • To be an effective advocate and represent the organisation and podiatry profession externally
  • To take a coordinated approach with the wider Policy and Public Affairs team, identifying common themes and strategies, making best use of limited resources
  • To conduct continual gap analysis on the organisation’s strategy and direction in Northern Ireland

Person Specification

Knowledge, Skills & Experience


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Excellent communication, influencing and interpersonal skills
  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of government and health department processes
  • Robust understanding of health policy and related issues
  • Ability to work diplomatically across a range of stakeholders
  • Experience of influencing and campaigning within a membership organisation or similar
  • Ability to map, evaluate and implement national policy and its implications for the Royal College
  • Ability to work independently and prioritise effectively, often to tight deadlines
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Excellent written, IT, presentation and verbal communication skills

To Apply please forward your CV and supporting statement.

Closing Date:   12 November 2021 noon

Interview Date:  26 November 2021

Posted on: 18 October 2021
Closed date: 12 November 2021
Tags: Social Care/Development, Governance