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Parliamentary and Briefings Officer

NHS AfC: Band 6

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NHS AfC: Band 6
Fixed term until 31/03/2020
Full time 37.5 hours per week
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£28,050 - £36,644 per annum
27/01/2019 23:59

NHS England leads the NHS in England, setting the priorities and direction of the NHS and informing the national debate to improve health and care. We strongly believe in health and high quality care for all, now and for future generations and want everyone to have greater control of their health and wellbeing, and to be supported to live longer, healthier lives by high quality health and care services that are compassionate, inclusive and constantly-improving.

NHS England shares out more than £100 billion in funds and holds organisations to account for their spending. Our work involves the commissioning of health care services in England, and we support local health services that are led by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). We have devised and are delivering a strategic vision for the NHS, along with our partners in health, called the Five Year Forward View.

If the advertised role is based in London on an Agenda for Change Pay Band, it will attract a High Cost Area supplement. This supplement is not applicable to Executive or Senior Manager or Medical Leader positions. For positions offered on a part time basis, salary and any allowances will be adjusted pro rata.

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Are you passionate about improving the lives of people with cancer?  Do you want to ensure more people survive cancer than ever before? Working in NHS England’s Cancer Programme, that’s exactly what you’ll do.

As a part of the NHS National Team, you will set the agenda for cancer services in England.  Working with patients, clinicians, charities and across the public sector, our aim is to reduce preventable cancers, diagnose cancer earlier, increase survival and improve the quality of life and experience for cancer patients.  We develop national policy and strategy, and work with our Cancer Alliances across the country to transform services for patients. 

This is an exciting time for the NHS Cancer Programme. Our work to implement the Independent Cancer Taskforce strategy has already started to transform the experience of cancer patients across England. The publication of the Long-Term Plan for the NHS provides us with an opportunity to go even further. You will be instrumental in delivering on our ambition to diagnose three in four cancers at an early stage so that even more people survive cancer in the future. 

This role is advertised as a Fixed Term Contract till 31st March 2020, however it is expected to continue beyond this time.

Are you the right person for the job?

We’re looking for a proactive candidate with experience in developing and coordinating briefings, correspondence and parliamentary activity.  The successful candidate will have good attention to detail, the ability to work flexibly within tight timescales, and an awareness of the political and wider stakeholder landscape relating to health.

Primary responsibilities

  • Oversee and coordinate all National Cancer Programme briefings, correspondence and parliamentary activity, including proactively triaging requests.
  • Work with colleagues from across the Programme and the wider organisation to develop briefings and responses to correspondence and parliamentary questions.
  • Develop slides and other communications materials for use with a range of stakeholders and by colleagues from across the National Programme team.
  • Develop and maintain an up-to-date bank of key lines to take across all the Programme’s major policy and delivery areas.
  • Support and enable senior members of the Programme, including the Programme Director and National Cancer Director, through providing clear and accurate briefings and bringing together key messages from across the Programme.
  • Support communications and engagement activity across the Programme, through working with the Communications Manager and other senior members of the strategy function.
  • Work with the wider NHS England communications teams (for example the media team and public affairs team) to support the coordination of activity and messaging.


Person specification

Educated to degree level in a relevant subject, or with equivalent experience of working at a similar level in a specialist area, they will possess:

  • experience in communications and stakeholder management;
  • experience in drafting and preparation of correspondence, reports and briefing papers;
  • excellent time management skills with the ability to prioritise according to the needs of senior stakeholders;
  • experience of working in a political/civil service/policy environment;
  • ability to analyse and interpret information, pre-empt and evaluate issues, and recommend an appropriate course of action to address the issues.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Anna Baranski

Strategy Lead, NHS National Cancer Programme