Reporting to: Policy Advisor, Policy and Strategy Directorate
Location: London, Westminster) (we encourage flexible working and therefore do not require you to work from our office full time)
Closing date: Mon 11 July, at noon
Interviews: w/c 25 July
NHS Providers is the membership organisation 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 voluntary membership, collectively accounting for £104bn of annual expenditure and employing more than one million staff.
This policy officer role supports our work in influencing the national policy agenda on NHS funding levels, financial performance, payments systems, and contracting. This portfolio is one of the fastest-moving and highest profile areas of work in our organisation, and is relevant to a range of other health policy portfolios, including operational performance, workforce, and the service’s recovery from COVID-19.
The post holder will have the opportunity to work closely with directors of NHS trusts and foundation trusts, and with the senior management of NHS Providers. You will also have an opportunity to contribute to activity across all areas of NHS Providers including joint working with other policy officers, and with the communications and development and engagement directorates.
In a typical week you may be asked to write a briefing for trust leaders on a new piece of national guidance on finance and operational performance; collate member insights to comment at pace on a draft policy document from national bodies; brief the director of policy and strategy or chief executive on a policy issue before they meet a senior counterpart in Whitehall; work with colleagues to develop and deliver a roundtable event to gather member views; and undertake interviews with senior finance leaders across the membership.
A finances background is not essential but you should be comfortable working with numbers. You should ideally have an interest in economics, an appreciation of the policy implications of the portfolio, and the ability to analyse relevant technical information. The role will be of interest to all applicants who wish to broaden their experience of health policy, develop skills in research and data analysis, and to gain a better understanding of the NHS provider sector.