Band 6 Senior Policy, Impact & Information Officer
The post holder will be based within the regional Patient and Client Council (PCC) Belfast/Lurgan offices. He/she will be required to travel throughout Northern Ireland. The PCC supports the opportunity for peripatetic and home working depending on the needs of the organisation.
Rate of Pay: £16.04
Location: The Patient and Client Council
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Duration: Temporary ongoing
JOB SUMMARY / MAIN PURPOSE:
This post will lead the delivery of the policy research and information activities within the Policy Impact and Influence function of the PCC to deliver high quality and policy research activity. This will influence and inform policy on the personal and public involvement of patients, clients and service users in the design, delivery and improvement of Health and Social Care Services.
The post holder will oversee the information activities of a small team of Policy Impact and Information Officers and undertake a range of policy research and information activities designed to help provide a strong evidence base for public health activity and policy influence in Northern Ireland.
The post will involve liaising with a range of stakeholders including research and policy colleagues in public health (including HSCB, HSC Trusts, BSO, DoH and NISRA), rights-based organisations and the voluntary and community sector. The post holder will support the Senior Policy Impact and Influence Manager to deliver the PCC's statutory function to undertake research and conduct investigations into the best methods and practices for consulting with the public about/and involving them in matters relating to health and social care.
Policy, Impact and Influence
To provide advice to PCC staff and others, where appropriate, on current legislation, policy and practice evaluation and information sources.
To facilitate internal policy forums and discussions aimed at connecting practice to policy impact and influence
To ensure that policy research and data/information-mining activities across the PCC are utilised towards proactive policy impact and influence
To ensure that analysis of policy and practice shapes the development of the PCC corporate plan, operational projects and involvement practices.
To use research skills and methodologies as a tool in analysing PCC practice functions to achieve policy impact and influence within HSC
To proactively use policy research activity to assist the Senior Policy Impact and Influence Manager in the development of PCC policy/advocacy and practice tools
To promote high standards in the research and evaluation work of the PCC with particular regard to matters such as defining appropriate study methodology, sampling, statistical analysis and presentation of results.
To work closely with colleagues across the PCC to provide an overarching policy impact and influence function to the PCC as a whole
To represent the PCC as appropriate at relevant meetings, committees, conferences and policy forums as agreed with the Senior Impact and Influence Manager
Possess a university degree (social science or related) with a significant research component, or an equivalent research related qualification
Have at least two years' experience of working in a policy research environment as a policy officer/research assistant/information officer in a health and/or social research environment whether in the voluntary, statutory, academic or private sectors.
Have at least five years' experience of working in a policy research environment as a policy officer/research assistant/information officer in a health and/or social research environment whether in the voluntary, statutory, academic or private sectors.
Have experience of literature searching including the use of electronic bibliographic databases and literature reviewing.
Hold a current full driving licence which is valid for use in the UK and have access to a car on appointment. This criteria will be waived in the case of applicants whose disability prohibits driving but who have access to a form of transport approved by the Organisation which will permit them to carry out the duties of the post.
Demonstrate practical experience of statistical analysis and data management which must include experience of one of the main statistical packages.
Have experience of using qualitative research methodologies and practice.
Ability to analyse quantitative and qualitative information to provide interim summary findings relevant to public policy areas
Have knowledge or experience of evaluation methodology
If you are interested and available for this position please upload your CV to the link or contact email@example.com.
To be shortlisted for this role all applicants MUST meet the essential criteria. Please note that these roles may be filled quickly but your CV will be kept on file for future similar roles. As there are so many applications, unsuccessful candidates may not be contacted.
Successful candidates may need to apply for an Access NI Certificate with Staffline regardless if you already have a valid certificate. It will be a cost of between £18 - £33 depending on clearance level.