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Policy Officer

  • Full time
  • £39,711
  • Edinburgh (RCN Scotland HQ Office)
  • Closing 9th October 2019

  • Advertised from 13th September 2019


With the whole Scottish health and social care system facing radical 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.

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

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 around 435,000 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.

We’re number 44 in The Sunday Times 100 Best Not for Profit Organisations to work for, with One Star Best Companies Accreditation for 2019 and are accredited with Investors in People Gold Standard.

As RCN Policy Officer, you will have plenty of opportunities to make a difference. One day you might be working with national partners on driving up the quality of mental health nursing services. The next you could be interviewing members to understand how nursing is supporting the rights of people in care homes. This job will appeal to any policy professional who enjoys building a robust case for improvement through debate and analysis, and who is committed to working collaboratively.

You’ll have experience of working collaboratively to influence policy makers. You’ll have demonstrated 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.

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.

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.

Application notes

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For an informal discussion about the role please contact Rachel Cackett, Policy Adviser on

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

To apply for this role, please visit our website.

Closing date: Midnight on 9 October 2019.

Assessment Centre date: 22 October 2019.

Interview date: 25 October 2019.