NHS Providers is the membership organisation and trade association for NHS trusts and foundation trusts delivering acute hospital, community, mental health and ambulance services. Our role and success has grown considerably in the last few years and we are now the turn to organisation in a number of key areas; most particularly NHS provider finance issues. We support our members to deliver high quality, patient focused care by enabling them to learn from each other, acting as their public voice and helping shape the system in which they operate. NHS Providers has over 220 members – more than 90% of all NHS trusts – who collectively account for £70 billion of annual expenditure and employ more than 630,000 staff.
The External Affairs Advisor will play a key role in monitoring the external environment and the implications of policy and political developments for NHS foundation trusts and trusts and in delivering NHS Providers’ public affairs strategy, which will include stakeholder, parliamentary and government relations.
We are looking to recruit someone who is passionate about politics, parliament, public affairs and policy to join our small team to support the delivery of our ambitious public affairs strategy. You will work with our senior public affairs manager and public affairs officer across all aspects of public affairs with a particular focus on monitoring and analysing the broader political environment in which trusts are operating, including the implications for the NHS of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.
You will support development of our parliamentary engagement in the new Parliament and support stakeholder and government relations, with the explicit aim of ensuring that the voice of our members is heard across Westminster and Whitehall and that our influence as the voice of the NHS frontline is strengthened with key decision makers.
This role is central to coordinating internal communication and project management processes to maximise our influence through coherent influencing campaigns, monitor and relay political insight and intelligence and ensure that our members are well briefed on key parliamentary and government developments. Where possible, this includes by assisting members in developing their local stakeholder relationships. Responsibilities include line management of one public affairs officer.
Initial term: 9 month fixed term contract.