Managerial Role (RCPsych)

Location Belfast, County Antrim
Job type Temporary
Salary Up to £45000 per annum
Published about 1 month ago
Start date ASAP
Contact Hannah Fitzismons
Job ref RCB4 _1650362301

Job description

Managerial Role Royal College Psychiatrists in Northern Ireland

Rate of Pay: £45,000 per annum

Location: 2 days per week at Royal College of Psychiatrists Innovation Factory, Forthriver Business Park, 385 Springfield Rd, Belfast BT12 7DG 21 and 3 days per week Home Based.

Hours: 35 hours per week

Duration: Temporary ongoing


  1. To manage the relationship between the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Northern Ireland (RCPsychiNI), the Northern Ireland Assembly /Executive and NI Government bodies.
  2. To manage the Devolved Council of the RCPsych in Northern Ireland, including ensuring adherence to the Regulations and Bye Laws of the RCPsych
  3. To ensure the Terms of Reference for the Devolved Council of the RCPsych in Northern Ireland are adhered to and, in consultation with the Head of International, Devolved Nations and Divisions, are updated as necessary
  4. To drive and guide the policy and public affairs agenda in the nation to positively influence mental health services and the profile of psychiatry in Northern Ireland.
  5. Act as key point of contact for cross-department interests and activities in Northern Ireland, ensuring Devolved Nation engagement and alignment with UK strategies and communications
  6. Maintain and share as required knowledge of the health and social care sector and political landscape in Northern Ireland
  7. To develop and maintain strategic alliances with stakeholders in Northern Ireland for the purposes of realising the objectives of the RCPsych in Northern Ireland
  8. To oversee a calendar of events for members in Northern Ireland
  9. To line manage the RCPsych in Northern Ireland Staff and patient and carer workers ensuring adherence to College values and objectives
  10. To manage the office of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in NI (RCPsych in NI) in liaison with the Vice President, Honorary Officers, the Chief Executive, Officers of the RCPsych in NI, the Director of Professional Standards and the Head of International, Devolved Nations and Divisions.
  11. To ensure the smooth running of the RCPsych in NI office and maintain the profile of the College with the membership.
  12. To ensure the activities of the RCPsych in NI are aligned to the College's corporate strategy and espouse the College's values and behaviours.


  1. Support the RCPsych in NI Chair and Executive Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in NI in carrying out the objectives of the College's Strategic Plan as it relates to NI.
  2. To work with the Chair, Executive Committee and Director of Strategic Communications and Heads of Devolved Nations and Divisions and Policy and Campaigns to oversee the creation and delivery of the RCPsychiNI Strategy to ensure that people with mental illness, learning difficulties and developmental disorders are treated equally by the NHS, public services and within
  3. Together with the Policy Officer lead on RCPsych NI public affairs, policy and communication activities to raise its profile with the Department of Health in NI, the NI Assembly/Executive, Government, relevant Assembly Committees, interested voluntary bodies, service users and carers and key policy makers in line with the RCPsych NI Strategic Plan.
  4. Market the College to the local membership so that from point of entry into membership through to retirement, their academic and professional interests are supported e.g. establishing new members' dinner, welcome packs, prizes, supporting the process of local fellowship nominations, job description approvals, inductions of local officers and providing a welcoming space for members to meet. Market the College locally at career fairs for Medical students, and at Trainee Inductions in conjunction with the NI Medical Dental Training Agency.
  5. Support the Financial Officer with the annual business plan and budgets for conferences, provide quarterly accounts and year-end accounts for Finance Officer to present to Devolved Council. Review Monthly Management Accounts in line with College policy and liaise with Finance Department on anomalies and bad debt.
  6. In conjunction with College officers and staff to develop and manage public education initiatives.
  7. Maintain local knowledge of mental health and user and carer organisations, in liaison with the Strategic Communications team.
  8. Working with the Devolved Nations Press Officer to ensure that media queries are responded to appropriately and to assist where necessary.
  9. To have monthly management meetings with the director of strategic communications to progress influencing and campaigning strategies which are reflected in annual KPIs
  10. Together with the Co-ordinator manage the secretariat functions of RCPsych in NI, e.g. Strategy Day, and keeping the Devolved Council and NI Faculties appraised of elected and co-opted positions, manage vacancies, and liaise with College centrally on administration, thereof, when appropriate.
  11. Together with the Co-ordinator manage support for the Faculties/SIGs and Committees in NI.
  12. Together with Co-ordinator organise academic meetings and conferences for membership and non-membership groups as and when determined by Devolved Council and Faculty Chairs. These include masterclasses, spring, autumn, New Year meetings, annual faculty meetings etc.
  13. Liaise with external groups, to organise, manage, and facilitate joint academic programmes and ensure financial viability and successful conference management.
  14. The direct line management and appraisal of the Policy Officer and Coordinator Ensure that all staff are trained appropriately and overall responsibility for staff development.
  15. Organise, support and manage the RCPsych in NI Continuing Professional Development activities using the College's CRM database.
  16. Deal with queries from the press, members of the public and patients in consultation with the College's Strategic Communications & Policy Department.
  17. Together with the Co-ordinator ensure the College website is well maintained and kept up to date.
  18. Attend relevant meetings in order to update members and officers on policy, parliamentary matters, and College business.
  19. Project Management of initiatives led by members of the College in Northern Ireland.
  20. Identify, where appropriate, opportunities for partnership and/or commissioned work in line with delivering College strategy
  21. Support the Officers of the RCPsychiNI providing guidance and information.

General Responsibilities

  1. Undertake other duties related to the job purpose and which may be necessary in the College's work.
  1. To carry out all duties in a safe and proper manner in accordance with the College's Health & Safety Policy.
  1. To undertake all duties in line with the College's values, policies procedures and regulations ensuring that the work is undertaken in accordance with equality and diversity

This job description is not exhaustive and is subject to change in accordance with the business needs of the College.

Essential criteria

  • Experience of working in a membership organisation and supporting an executive or committee at a national level.
  • The ability to develop strategy and operationalise at both a local and national level to achieve goals.
  • Proven experience and knowledge of the health and social care sector in Northern Ireland.
  • Evidence of understanding of the government structures and the policy environment in Northern Ireland and demonstrable experience of delivering measurable change through influencing government policy.
  • Effective leadership and team-working skills and the ability to work effectively across multiple teams in a professional environment.
  • Evidence of the ability to develop, managing and report on budgets and strong financial management skills.
  • Proven ability to communicate clearly and persuasively to a range of stakeholders both verbally and in writing.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills with evidence of the ability effectively collaborate with key internal and external senior stakeholders to deliver on outcomes.
  • Evidence of developing effective partnerships and joint working initiatives with a wide range of sectors.
  • Experience of developing and delivering an events / CPD programme both online and in-person in a professional environment.
  • Excellent organisation and time management skills.
  • Experience of using a range of technology including CRM, CMS, social media, electronic newsletters and Office.
  • The ability to work without close supervision and to prioritise work effectively.
  • Willingness to travel and stay away overnight.


  • Graduate calibre or equivalent qualifications.
  • Experience of co-production and/or patient and carer engagement.
  • Knowledge of mental health policy in Northern Ireland.
  • Experience of working with the media in Northern Ireland.


If you are interested and available for this position please upload your CV to the link or contact Hannah Fitzsimons.

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.

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