Senior Public Affairs Officer

The NHSA is recruiting a Senior Public Affairs Officer to join its team. The deadline for applications is 12pm, Monday, April 25.

Job Title: Senior Public Affairs Officer

Responsible to:
Head of External and Public Affairs
Fixed term for 18 months; full time
Up to £40,000 per annum (full time equivalent) depending on experience
Location and Base:
Home-based with regular travel to Westminster and national travel

Application process

Submit CV and covering letter (max 3 pages for both) by 12pm, Monday, April 25 to

Interviews will be held on Tuesday, May 3 over Teams.

We are committed to equal opportunities and diversity. We welcome applications from all backgrounds but particularly from those of under-represented and minority communities.

Job description 

Senior Public Affairs Officer

This is an exciting opportunity to play a significant role in tackling inequalities between the North and the South of England through health research.

The Northern Health Science Alliance is an alliance of 24 NHS Hospital Trusts, Universities and Academic Health Science Networks across the North. We give one voice to the health research system across the North of England and are a key player in delivering the levelling-up agenda through life sciences research and tackling inequalities. We have a track record of delivering impactful change through our networks, reports, and events, nationally and internationally.

We are seeking a talented senior public affairs officer with experience of working in, or with, Westminster and/or regional government. You will have a passion for the levelling-up agenda and knowledge of the health innovation sector and will work as an integral part of our public affairs and communications team.

This role is primarily home-based, but you will be expected to work regularly in Westminster. We welcome applications from people based in London.

Job details

Key responsibilities

  • Analyse the policy issues affecting NHSA members, identifying influencing opportunities and solutions.
  • Translate key policy messages into Parliamentary briefings and policy reports.
  • Draft and develop credible policy positions that will further the interests of NHSA and are informed by our broader communications strategy.
  • Identify and secure funding to enhance our ability to serve our alliance members.
  • Build and strengthen relationships with a network of national and local political contacts to deliver change.
  • Managing and delivering events throughout the year, including opportunities at Party Political Conferences, and in Parliament.
  • Monitoring the impact of the team’s work while managing and providing leadership for day-to-day policy and public affairs needs.
  • Providing high-quality public affairs insight and support for staff and colleagues.
  • Managing the stakeholder database.
  • Monitoring information sources to keep NHSA informed of any developments related to our activities.
  • Supporting the broader work of NHSA, including out of hours working and travel across the UK and abroad.
  • Deputising for the Head of External and Public Affairs as required and undertaking other duties or special projects.


  • Experience of successfully analysing the external political environment and identifying policy solutions.
  • Demonstrable experience of proactively establishing relationships with politicians and sector contacts.
  • Considerable experience of working with Government and/or Parliamentarians.
  • Ability to grasp complex policy issues and their relevance to an organisation.
  • An understanding of quantitative and qualitative research and data analysis skills.
  • Knowledge of current health and life sciences environment.
  • An understanding of Government, Parliamentary and legislative processes and procedures.
  • Ability to work on creative, external-facing influencing campaigns.
  • Ability to draft policy reports and consultation responses.
  • Graduate with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.


The Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA) was established in 2011 and acts as a front door to the North of England’s health research system working for a healthier, wealthier region. As a partnership established by the leading universities, NHS Hospital Trusts and all four Academic Health Science Networks in the North of England, the NHSA acts as an advocate for, and provides a portal to, its internationally recognised health science excellence.

The NHSA has enjoyed significant success in creating opportunities and value for its member organisations and currently counts 24 constituent organisations, which include 10 research-intensive universities, 10 research- active NHS trusts and the four Northern Academic Health Science Networks. By bringing the alliance together, it has been able to leverage individual organisational strengths and capabilities for greater impact, raising the profile of health science in the North of England, attracting research funding from traditional and non-traditional sources, and contributing to better patient outcomes in its regions.

Guiding Principles of our Organisation and the Role: 

The primary duties of this post will be as a Senior Public Affairs Officer, but we are looking for an all-rounder who understands the importance of teamwork and the requirement, in a small team, to roll up their sleeves and assist whenever they are needed. The successful applicant can expect their role to be diverse with no two days being the same. You will work agilely from a home base, but you will be connected via Microsoft Teams for regular contact with your line manager and the rest of the team. We also have regular face-to-face meetings as a team (restrictions permitting).

We know that first impressions count, and we pride ourselves on the professionalism and effectiveness of our interactions. The post-holder must, therefore, possess excellent inter-personal skills and be highly professional in all communications, both internal and external.

Application Details

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