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Royal College of Nursing seeks Parliamentary and Media Officer

Royal College of Nursing 5<y Senior Level  Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom 5 Feb 2018

Job Description

Parliamentary and Media Officer

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 – all we can see are the infinite possibilities for a brighter future. Join us and you will too.

We’re number 15 in The Sunday Times 100 Best Not for Profit Organisations to work for, with Three Star Best Companies Accreditation for 2018 and are accredited with Investors in People Gold Standard.

RCN Scotland HQ (Edinburgh), 35 hours per week, 6 Month Fixed Term Contract

As part of the Communications and Public Affairs team you will work to influence MSPs and Scottish Government on behalf of nursing and raise the profile of RCN Scotland in the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish media. You will develop and implement parliamentary and media campaigns to meet the objectives of RCN Scotland.

This is a great opportunity to work within a small team to directly influence and shape health and social care in Scotland.

You will have regular contact with MSPs and parliamentary researchers, providing briefings on RCN positions and helping to focus attention on the issues that matter to nursing team across Scotland.

Using your extensive communication skills you will develop and deliver multi-media campaigns to raise awareness of these issues and engage our members, stakeholders, the media and the public.

Using your knowledge of the Scottish media you will ensure the voice or nursing is included in coverage of health and social care issues.

Working closely with colleagues in our policy team you will help shape the RCN Scotland’s responses to legislation including the Scottish Government’s proposed safe and effective staffing bill.

You will be part of the team providing out of hours media cover and some evening work/travel may also be required.

As well as a whole range of learning and development opportunities we can 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.

For this role you must be educated to degree level of equivalent and hold a relevant professional qualification in communications or a related subject. You will have excellent verbal and written communications skills and be able to analyse and present complex information in an engaging manner.

Experience of Scottish Parliament procedures and processes as well as influencing MSPs and working with the Scottish media is essential.

Knowledge of the health and social care sector in Scotland would be beneficial. Working as part of a team, you will bring innovation and adaptability to this role.

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

For more information or for an informal discussion please contact Carol Harris, Communications and Public Affairs Manager.

For more information on the Recruitment & Selection process, including any adjustments, please contact


Closing Date: 12 February 2018

Assessment Centre & Interview Date: 21 February 2018

Interview date: 2018-02-21

Contracted hours: 35

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