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Policy and Public Affairs Officer

Closing date: 16 Aug 2022

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Website The British Liver Trust

We, the British Liver Trust, are the largest UK liver charity for adults and we lead the fight against liver disease and liver cancer. We reach over a million people each year; raising awareness of the risk factors of liver disease and providing vital advice to help people improve their liver health. We provide patients with up to date information and support including a free nurse-led helpline and online community.

The British Liver Trust is the leading liver charity for adults in the UK working to improve liver health. Liver disease is a public health emergency. Liver disease is a leading cause of premature death in the UK, with deaths increasing by 400% over the past two generations.

We believe that liver disease and liver cancer are at a tipping point. By taking bold action ourselves and with others, we will start to shift that balance towards a world without liver disease. We are looking for an exceptional individual to support us on this journey and to directly contribute to change.

We are seeking a policy and public affairs professional to support existing work and lead on our advocacy with key regional and local stakeholders across the country and help improve outcomes and care for liver disease patients.

The role will:

  • Be responsible for driving our ‘make early diagnosis of liver disease routine’ campaign including engagement with Integrated Care Systems and developing relationships with key stakeholders to drive improvements in care for liver patients at a regional level.
  • Support the development and implementation of our national influencing agenda and campaigns – shaping and driving policy change.
  • Support our response to consultations and promote policy positions that improve outcomes for patient with liver disease and liver cancer.
  • Represent the British Liver Trust at external meetings.
  • Contribute to our parliamentary work and engagement across the devolved nations.
  • Manage the political engagement with our Love Your Liver roadshow.

The postholder will have the opportunity to influence the commissioning of services in the NHS to improve liver disease patient outcomes and care across the UK.

The British Liver Trust is in a growth phase and we are keen to receive applications from candidates looking for a challenging role, which will make a real impact for liver disease patient outcomes and care.

Job Description:
Policy

  • Drive policy engagement with regional and national health bodies to promote
    the introduction of a range of measures, including better detection, diagnosis
    and pathways, to improve liver disease patient care and outcomes.
  • Develop policy documents and materials, including contributing to reports,
    drafting notes and letters to influence policy change.

Public Affairs

  • Work with MP’s offices, clinicians, patients, civil servants, policy-makers,
    researchers and health bodies to promote awareness of liver disease and our
    policy calls to influence change.

Campaigns   

  • To lead on policy campaigns. Initially this will be the day to day management of our ‘make early diagnosis of liver disease routine’ campaign. This will involve, among other tasks, driving engagement with regional health bodies (new Integrated Care Systems and Health Boards) and promoting the introduction of effective patient care pathways for the early detection of liver disease. The campaign is central to the Trust’s policy priorities over the next 2 years.

The role sits within the Communications and Policy Team and the postholder will have the opportunity to work across the organisation, inputting into media, communications and events, including attending our Love Your Liver Roadshow.

Skills & Abilities:

Essential:

  • Strong organisational skills to manage policy work.
    Policy development skills: being able to develop evidence-based and credible positions on complex policy issues.
    Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write clearly, concisely and persuasively in a variety of formats for a variety of audiences.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to build external networks and effectively influence external stakeholders.
    Confidence in working as part of a team, with experience of working collaboratively with colleagues to
    help ensure the successful delivery of projects.
  • An enthusiastic self-starter with the ability to work independently and deliver on agreed outputs.

Desirable:

  • Analytical skills with proven ability to handle data from various sources, analyse findings and present them clearly and accurately to make a clear and compelling case for policy and legislative change.

Experience:

Essential:

  • Experience of working in a political, policy or public affairs environment.
    Experience of working on policy issues and ability to deliver high impact, persuasive positions and
    secure support for them.
    Experience of working in a collaborative team effectively.

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of the health sector and health policy environment.

Personal Qualities:

  • The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate, to a level appropriate to the role, in their application and at interview, that they share the Trust values as described below:

British Liver Trust Values:

Aspiration – We think big about our impact and take managed risks to deliver our goals.

Pioneering – We lead the way, build consensus and work in partnership to promote the best possible liver
health.

Empathy – We are compassionate, showing respect, kindness and understanding to both those we support and one another.

Integrity – We bring trust, honesty, and pride to everything we do.

Equality – We work to remove inequality from our organisation and to reduce health inequalities
for those we serve.

What staff members can expect of British Liver Trust:

  • To have work that challenges them to achieve
    To be proud of what the Trust achieves
    For things which don’t work out to be treated as learning opportunities
  • To have opportunities to work with a range of stakeholders
    To be kept informed of developments within the wider liver world
  • To be valued, respected and recognised for the contribution they make
    To be treated with kindness
    To be listened to and have the opportunity to influence
  • To be trusted
  • To be consulted on changes that affect them and their work
  • To be part of a culture of equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusion
  • To have any concerns over discrimination addressed appropriately

At British Liver Trust staff members are expected:

  • To demonstrate commitment to the strategic goals of the Trust
    To be flexible in order to achieve our goals
    To willingly share ideas that may progress our goals
  • To represent the Trust professionally and passionately in all external interactions
    To collaborate both internally and externally
  • To be positive and inspirational
  • To have an understanding of liver disease and its impact on people’s lives
    To treat one another, and our stakeholders with kindness
    To listen with an open mind to their colleagues
  • To be open and honest with leaders if they have any concerns
  • To be dependable and trust worthy
  • To actively participate in a culture of diversity and inclusion 
  • To strive for accessibility of services they work within   

To apply for this job please visit britishlivertrust.org.uk.

Any other details

  • Office or Hybrid with occasional visits in Winchester (HQ) and London. Willingness for occasional travel throughout UK.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for the role, please send a covering letter and CV and let us know why you are applying for the role. Please include in your email:

  • a covering letter explaining how your experience, skills and knowledge make you suitable for the role, with particular relevance to the job description
  • an up to date CV, including 2 referees.

Please send your application to [email protected].

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Job Details

Organisation: The British Liver Trust

Location: Winchester/London

Salary: £20,000 - £30,000 (£26,250)

Closing date: 16 Aug 2022 (5 PM)

Contract type: Permanent

Full-time/part-time: Full Time

Remote working: Office/Hybrid

About the Organisation

We, the British Liver Trust, are the largest UK liver charity for adults and we lead the fight against liver disease and liver cancer. We reach over a million people each year; raising awareness of the risk factors of liver disease and providing vital advice to help people improve their liver health. We provide patients with up to date information and support including a free nurse-led helpline and online community.

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