Yorkshire Cancer Research

Policy Officer

Harrogate | c£25,000 DOE

Job Function: Medicine & Healthcare
Industry Sector: Charity & Not-for-Profit

Policy Officer
Harrogate, Yorkshire

About Us

Yorkshire Cancer Research is one of the most exciting and innovative charities in the UK. The charity is a leading funder of cancer research in the region and has a track record of supporting ground-breaking projects and clinical trials to help prevent cancer and increase survival. We are working to save an extra 2,000 lives a year in Yorkshire.

Yorkshire Cancer Research is entering an exciting period in its development. As such, we are looking for a Policy Officer to join us to support the ongoing development of the charity’s knowledge of and position on key topics relating to cancer prevention, screening, early detection and treatments.


The Benefits

- Salary of c£25,000 DOE
- Pension scheme
- Private medical insurance
- 25 days’ holiday plus Bank Holidays
- Offices within walking distance of the train station/free onsite parking 

If you have experience of developing evidence-based health advocacy policies and creating policy-related key messages to appeal to the public and health related organisations then this could be a fantastic opportunity for you to help make a difference to the lives of people living in Yorkshire.

We’ve got a strong set of values that inform everything we do and we’re looking for people who are aligned with these. We’re great team players, striving for excellence in everything we do, working with integrity and championing expertise through improvement and innovation.

The Role

As our Policy Officer, you will play a vital role in the development of position statements related to cancer prevention, screening, early detection and treatments.

Specifically, you will research and write evidenced-based policies and assist in communicating our position to influence external stakeholders and the public.

Your role will involve:

- Researching and writing evidence-based cancer-related position statements.
- Acting as our expert on the charity’s cancer-related position statements both internally and externally
- Working with other teams within the charity including the Brand and Relationships Team to support the development of cancer awareness campaigns and press activity
- Providing expert commentary on media stories
- Developing a process for engaging people affected by cancer in the development of policy position statements
- Maintaining knowledge of key policy issues and an understanding of the external policy and influencing environment
- Representing the charity at events and meetings, developing contacts and acting on opportunities to influence
- Working in partnership with external organisations to influence on areas of mutual interest where appropriate

About You

To join us as a Policy Officer, you will need:

- At least two years’ experience of working in a relevant healthcare-related field
- Experience of developing evidence-based health advocacy policies and communicating these to diverse audiences
- Experience of creating policy-related key messages to encourage behaviour change
- Experience of developing comments for media outlets, including social media
- Experience of representing an organisation to key stakeholders and facilitating group discussions
- At a minimum, a degree level qualification (or equivalent) in a relevant subject area, such as public policy, public health, science or medicine
- A full, valid driving licence

Ideally, you will have awareness of cancer issues and/or knowledge of the health service and health service policy issues, but this is not essential. A master’s degree in a relevant subject would also be beneficial.

Other organisations may call this role Research Officer, Medical Research Officer, Public Health Officer, Public Policy Officer.

The closing date for applications is the 19th February 2020, with interviews scheduled for the 28th February 2020.

Webrecruit and Yorkshire Cancer Research are equal opportunities employers, value diversity and are strongly committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all employees and all applicants for employment. Equal opportunities are the only acceptable way to conduct business and we believe that the more inclusive our environments are, the better our work will be.

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Working hours: 37 hours per week