Policy Adviser - RCN01505

Policy | RCN Scotland HQ | £41,400

Contract type: Fixed Term Contract

At the Royal College of Nursing we’re an optimistic organisation. And we’ve got good reason to be. We all share the same voice when it comes to changing the shape of the health policies of the future. And as the largest trade union of nursing staff and students in the UK – with over 450,000 members across the UK and around 40,000 of these in Scotland – all we can see are the infinite possibilities for a brighter future. Join us and you will too.

Policy Adviser
RCN Scotland HQ Office (Edinburgh), 35 hours, Fixed Term Contract or Secondment until June 2022

Could you help the RCN transform Scottish health and social care policy to improve care?

You will have plenty of opportunities to make a difference. One day you might be working with national partners to explore the role of nursing in care homes. The next you could be working with members to understand how the pandemic has impacted on their roles. This job will appeal to any policy professional with an interest in health and care who enjoys building a robust case for improvement through debate and analysis, and who is committed to working collaboratively.

With the whole Scottish health and social care system facing unprecedented change, there has never been a more dynamic or important time to make a difference to nursing staff and to people using health services. At the RCN in Scotland you will join a small, highly-regarded team committed to producing robust and influential policy.

What we offer you

We expect you to look after our members. And we expect you to be rewarded for it. As well as a whole range of learning and development opportunities we also offer you an impressive range of benefits. We have a highly competitive pay structure, as well as flexible working, and annual leave of up to 32 days.

Balancing work and life commitments is important to us as an organisation. We are a diverse organisation and understand everyone has different needs. All employees can ask for flexible working and when personal circumstances change we will work with you to find a smarter working solution that suits everyone. In fact, many of our employees enjoy home working, flexible working or compressed hours, enabling them to deliver results with minimum impact to their professional and personal commitments. We also offer generous Maternity, Paternity and Adoption leave packages.

You’ll have experience of working collaboratively to influence policy makers and you’ll be able to demonstrate that you can research, write and present persuasive policy and will have a good understanding of the key Scottish issues in health and social care and how the Scottish Government works.

You’ll be passionate about engaging with experts to develop your understanding and working creatively to engage people in shaping policy. You’ll also enjoy focusing on complex analysis of research, statistics and other intelligence.

You’ll be comfortable in a fast-paced, changing environment in a team that actively reflects on ways to improve our impact.

To succeed at the Royal College of Nursing all you need to do is think bigger, better and brighter. With an attitude like that, anything’s possible.

Please note, that due to Covid-19, while we are trying our best to accommodate our Assessment Centres and Interviews on the dates outlined in our adverts, we may need to be flexible about how and when we run our Recruitment processes for the time being.

We are currently running Assessments and Interviews remotely should we need to, 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 Supporting Statement. We will of course do all we can to ensure you have the best experience in applying to work with us during this challenging period.

Please note, should we receive a high volume of applications for this role, your application may not be shortlisted if you do not submit a Supporting Statement. A Supporting Statement is an important part of our application process, so we would encourage you to submit one as part of your application.

Should we receive a suitable number of applications for this post after a week of posting this advert, this vacancy may close early, before the closure date stated below.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Amy Dalrymple, Policy Manager on

For more information on the recruitment and selection process, including any adjustments, please contact

Opening Date: 08 June 2021
Closing Date: 11.59pm on 22 June 2021
Assessment Centre and Interview Date: 02 July 2021

Interview date: 02/07/2021

Contracted hours: 35

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