Research and Policy Manager

The research and policy team are responsible for engaging with stakeholders to identify research priorities
  • London

    Leeds

    Home based

  • Permanent, full time

  • £52,048 per annum plus £4,000 London weighting allowance if applicable

About the role

The NHS Race & Health Observatory (‘the Observatory’) is a new, independent organisation, set up to explore ethnic inequalities in access to healthcare, experiences of healthcare, health outcomes.

The research and policy team are responsible for engaging with stakeholders to identify research priorities; commissioning research and synthesising evidence; working with our communications team to disseminate research outputs; and working closely with policymakers and other health and care leaders to ensure that recommendations are acted upon.

As a Research and Policy Manager, you will:

  • Be responsible for scoping and procuring research products from external suppliers.
  • Manage complex and long-term research projects once procured.
  • Support the Senior Strategy and Policy Lead with stakeholder engagement and in developing a network of policymakers and officials.
  • Work alongside our communications team to develop content to aid dissemination of our research and recommendations.
  • Present findings of research to large and varied audiences, digitally and in person.
  • Write responses to consultations and public statements which serve to further the Observatory’s goal of delivering ethnic health equity.
  • Engage regularly with key actors across defined policy areas and keeping abreast of ongoing policy developments.

About you

We would love to hear from you if you:

  • Are interested in tackling race inequality for patients, communities and the NHS workforce.
  • Enjoy engaging, listening, sharing and influencing.
  • Have experience of commissioning and managing large and complex research projects.
  • Have experience of working in health and care and/or equalities policy.
  • Enjoy being part of a small, passionate and adaptable team.

About us

Although independent, the NHS Race & Health Observatory is hosted by NHS Confederation. The NHS Confederation is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive environment for our staff. A place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We offer a range of inclusive employment policies including family friendly policies and flexible working and we have range of channels to support staff from different backgrounds including our staff networks and a staff forum.

The NHS Confederation is committed to being a flexible employer. We understand the value and benefit to our employees being able to work flexibly and our agile working principles are designed to empower our people to work with optimal flexibility and minimal constraints to support a work life balance and take care of employee health and wellbeing.

You will receive an excellent benefits package, including 30 days annual leave (plus bank holidays), pension scheme, cycle to work scheme, salary sacrifice schemes and travel season ticket loans.

  • Research management

    The successful candidate will be responsible for scoping and procuring research products from external suppliers. This process will include:

    • Gathering expert input and developing invitations to tender for research projects.
    • Working with our business support team to produce contracts for these services.
    • Responsibility for working regularly with external researchers to ensure that the agreed research product is being delivered on time and to a high standard.
    • Working with external researchers to co-develop recommendations.

                Stakeholder engagement

    The postholder will:

    • Support the Senior Strategy and Policy Lead in building strong relationships with:
    • NHS England and NHS Improvement, as well as other arm’s length bodies
    • National public service leadership structures including government departments and the LGA
    • Officials from the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England
    • Academics, think tanks and funders of research
    • Staff from across the wider NHS Confederation including the regional teams.
    • Partner organisations and key stakeholders – including, but not limited to trade unions, royal colleges, regulators, and charities.
    • Ministers, senior parliamentarians and their teams across the political spectrum.

     

    • Will support the rest of the team in convening our expert working groups.

    Dissemination of research outputs

    The successful candidate will:

    • Work alongside our communications team to develop content that will aid the dissemination of our research and recommendations. This may include:
      • Writing short, impactful policy briefings drawing attention to key policy developments in this space.
      • Writing forewords or introductions to published research outputs.
      • Writing blogs or articles commenting on the findings of research
      • Drafting tweets and other social media output.
    • Present the findings of research to large and varied audiences, both digitally and in person, and represent the Observatory at conferences, working groups, and in other public forums.

    Policy and influencing

    The successful candidate will:

    • Support the Senior Strategy and Policy Lead in developing a network of policymakers and officials across the government and arm’s length bodies; and engage with those people to encourage action against the Observatory’s published recommendations.
    • Write responses to consultations and public statements which serve to further the Observatory’s goal of delivering ethnic health equity.
    • Engage regularly with key actors across their defined policy areas remain abreast of live policy developments.
    • Develop internal briefings for the Director and Chair of the Observatory to support them in engaging with ministers and other senior leaders.
  • Experience

     

    • Experience of working in health policy.
    • Experience of working in health inequalities, ideally with a focus on ethnic health inequalities.
    • Experience of working with senior leaders and engaging with expert networks
    • Experience of managing large and complex research projects.
    • Experience of writing and communicating in an engaging and thought-provoking way.
    • Experience of managing relationships in a proactive manner with a range of different stakeholders.
    • Experience of working in a high-pressure environment and to tight deadlines

    Knowledge

    • Extensive knowledge of specialist areas, acquired through post graduate diploma or equivalent experience or training plus further specialist knowledge or experience to master’s level equivalent.
    • Extensive knowledge of contemporary health, race and equality policy, service delivery challenges and the wider NHS.
    • Understanding of the UK political environment and the operation of government.

    Skills

    • Excellent policy analysis and problem-solving skills that cut through complexity and provide insight.
    • Ability to manage research projects, including through external research organisations.
    • Ability to write to a very high standard, creating accessible and compelling policy outputs.
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including being personally credible and influential with senior stakeholders.
    • Ability to work as part of a diverse team, and to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders.
    • Ability to effectively manage a mixed portfolio of policy work, keeping abreast of live political and policy developments.
    • Ability to be responsive and agile in a rapidly changing environment.

To apply

Please complete the application form. Please note we do not accept CVs. If you require the application form in another format please contact askhr@nhsconfed.org.

Completed application forms should be emailed to jobapplications@nhsconfed.org.

For an informal discussion about the post and the NHS Confederation before applying please contact Sam Rodger via info@nhsrho.org

Application deadline: 29th November (midnight)

Interview date: 10th December

All applications must be received by 11.59pm on the day of the closing date unless specified. If your application is late, for whatever reason, there is no guarantee that we will be able to consider it.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive we are unable to respond to each applicant in person. Therefore, if you have not heard from us within three week of the closing date, your application has not been successful.