Head of policy and public affairs (maternity cover)


Job title:  Head of Policy and Public Affairs

Initial term:   Full time, 12 month maternity cover contract

Salary: £65,000 + generous benefits

Location:  London (Westminster)

Closing date for applications:  5pm, Monday 30 September

Interviews:  Weeks commencing 7 and 14 October


NHS Providers is the membership organisation and trade association for the NHS hospital, mental health, community and ambulance services that treat patients and service users in the NHS. We help those NHS foundation trusts and trusts to deliver high-quality, patient-focused care by enabling them to learn from each other, acting as their public voice and helping shape the system in which they operate. NHS Providers has all trusts in membership, collectively accounting for £84bn of annual expenditure and employing more than one million staff.


This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in maximising the influence and impact of NHS Providers by ensuring that policy priorities are identified and progressed through effective member consultation, policy development and influencing activity. The post-holder will lead and manage the policy and public affairs function at NHS Providers, in partnership with the head of policy and analysis, and lead the public affairs function.


Ensuring a strategic approach to parliamentary and wider stakeholder engagement, the head of policy and public affairs will work with colleagues to develop NHS Providers’ influencing strategies and work with colleagues to shape the national health agenda on significant policy issues affecting NHS trusts and foundation trusts.


This role is responsible for leading a proactive public affairs team including gathering intelligence and horizon scanning, engaging stakeholders, briefing members on political and strategic developments, and seeking member contributions to NHS Providers’ influencing activities.


As a member of the NHS Providers senior management team (SMT), the head of policy and public affairs will also contribute to the development of organisational strategy and corporate policies as well as leading on specific corporate projects as they arise.


In a typical week in this role you may be asked to brief our chief executive ahead of a meeting with a health minister; take the lead yourself in a discussion with a senior stakeholder of an arm’s-length body; deliver a presentation to 60-80 board level directors from NHS trusts and foundation trusts at one of our regular network events; report to the senior management team on our strategic relationships; represent the organisation’s views on an NHS specific issue in the media; oversee the development of our policy positioning; or author a blog on current pressures facing the NHS.


A strong track record of leading strategic influencing activity within a complex stakeholder environment, and a clear understanding of how a membership organisation operates, will be important for success in the role.  The successful candidate will be able to lead, manage and develop a broad-ranging policy portfolio with experience of leading core policy and public affairs activities. 


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To apply, please send a CV and cover letter setting out why you are interested in the role and how you meet the person specification to Jo Whyte (recruitment@nhsproviders.org).

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