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Policy and Public Relations Officer

  • Full time
  • £31,799
  • Edinburgh (2 days per week in office)
  • Closing 25th September 2022

  • Advertised from 18th August 2022
  • 35 hours per week. Fixed Term Contract - 6 months.


The Royal College of General Practitioners is the largest membership organisation solely for GPs in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1952, it has over 54,000 members who are committed to improving patient care, developing their own skills and promoting general practice as a discipline. General practice is the largest branch of the medical profession. It provides some 1 million consultations for patients in the UK every working day and deals with 86% of the health problems experienced by the UK population.

We are currently recruiting a Policy and Public Relations Officer to support our communications, policy and public affairs activity in Scotland. This role is an integral part of the Policy and Public Affairs team and we are looking for someone who has demonstrable experience in a communications, policy or public affairs role.

You will play a leading role in ensuring that the priorities of RCGP and issues impacting general practice are recognised by policy makers, the press and the public. You will influence decision making at the highest level which will have a direct impact on general practice and its patients by drafting RCGP policy consultation responses, representing RCGP policy at high-level external stakeholder meetings and providing sound advice to our GP representatives ahead of these meetings.

You will also help to deliver our internal and external communications across Scotland, ensuring that our key messages reach the intended audiences to maximise impact. This will require you to develop and maintain links with media contacts across Scotland, draft key internal communications to our members and produce proactive and reactive media statements. You will also assist in maintaining our social media presence.

Our small, friendly team plays a key role in supporting general practice in Scotland. You’ll be helping communicate to stakeholders the views of the RCGP, and to do that effectively, knowledge and experience of the health agenda, patient issues and political context of Scotland would be highly advantageous.

You’ll have degree level education or have requisite experience, be an excellent team player and be able to work across a varied organisation and take a corporate viewpoint.

The successful candidate will share our corporate values. In return, the College offers excellent terms and conditions. This role will be part remote working and 2 days per week in the office in Edinburgh city centre. We offer flexible working hours Monday to Friday.

Application notes

Closing date: 25th September 2022

To apply, please apply directly on the RCGP website by uploading your CV and cover letter:

The Royal College of General Practitioners is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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