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Genetic Alliance UK seeks Policy Officer

Genetic Alliance UK 2-3y Junior Level  London, England, United Kingdom 22 Feb 2018

Job Description

Policy Officer

Salary: £24,611 per annum

Benefits: 33 paid holiday days per year, plus employer contribution to pension

Contract: Full-time (35 hours a week), 12 months, with the potential to extend

Located: Barclay House, Level 3, 37 Queen Square, London WC1N 3BH

About the role

To carry out research into access to medicine pathways, and to manage the delivery of workshops and meetings with stakeholders, as part of the delivery of Genetic Alliance UK’s year-long ‘Resetting the Model’ project.

This project has been designed to give Genetic Alliance UK’s experienced policy, public affairs and communications teams the flexibility and space to deliver a new vision for access to rare disease medicines for the UK.

Our faulty system for decision-making on access to rare disease medicines is causing an inequality of availability of medicines for patients compared to other large European nations. The UK is behind Germany, France, Italy and Spain in terms of speed of decision making and number of medicines approved.

Around 3.5 million people in the UK will be affected by a rare disease at some point in their lives. There are more than 6,000 rare diseases, but only 200 of these have a licensed innovative medicine in Europe. We have fifteen pathways to assess treatments for a small fraction of a small patient cohort in the UK. They all work in different ways, and sometimes we have four separate decisions being made on the same treatment – not all of them reaching the same conclusion.

The ‘Resetting the Model’ project aims to change this.

Principle duties

  • Organising regular ‘Resetting the Model’ project team meetings.
  • Manage the delivery of workshops with external stakeholders, including:
  • Identifying and prioritising attendees.
  • Working with colleagues in the policy team to define the programme of the event.
  • Arranging and booking venues.
  • Participating in discussion.
  • Recording findings of the workshops.
  • Preparation of specific briefings on topics relevant to access to rare disease medicines.
  • Desk research on topics within the scope of the project.
  • Interviewing stakeholders.
  • Arranging and attending meetings with officials to discuss the work of the project.
  • Collaboration with the policy team on the production of the final report of the project.
  • Collaboration with the public affairs and communications teams to ensure clarity of message and accurate dissemination of findings.

Person specification

Education and qualifications

  • Graduate or equivalent experience.
  • Good level of IT literacy, including a good knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.

Essential qualities, skills and experience

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven ability to write clear and logical documents, with strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to work in a team as well as to use individual initiative and judgement.
  • A can-do attitude, with enthusiasm and creativity.
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to plan ahead, keep records, manage deadlines, prioritise workload and maximise the use of time.
  • An ability to adapt writing style for a range of audiences.
  • Experience of health of medical research policy work.
  • Appreciation of current issues in genetics and healthcare and their impact on patients and families.
  • A commitment to the aims and objectives of Genetic Alliance UK.

Desirable qualities, skills and experience

  • Knowledge of the NHS environment.
  • Knowledge of medical genetics.
  • Experience of policy work at the devolved nation and / or European level.
  • Experience of the voluntary sector.

Additional requirements

  • Working occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Willingness to occasionally travel in the UK and Europe.

To apply

Please apply by email to: with the subject heading ‘Policy Officer.’

Your application should include your CV and a cover letter addressed to Nick Meade and explaining why you would like this job and why you are a suitable candidate. Both of these should be attachments to your email and as PDF or Microsoft Word format. Please include your name on the document titles eg ‘JohnSmithcv.pdf’ and ‘JohnSmithcoverletter.pdf’.

Application deadline: 9 am, Monday 5 March 2018.

Interviews will be held on Monday 12 March 2018, during office hours.

You can download this job description here.

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