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Senior Policy Adviser - Racialised health inequalities and ethnicity data improvement lead

Job description

We are currently seeking applications for an Senior Policy Adviser – Racialised health inequalities and ethnicity data improvement lead within Health and Social Care based in Edinburgh. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

The post is a full-time role but can be split into two part-time roles – one leading on ethnicity data improvement policy and the other leading on racialised health inequalities.

Staff with different working patterns are invited to apply, and we will assess proposed working patterns against the business requirements for this post.

An opportunity for a Senior Policy Adviser to lead on racialised health inequalities has arisen in the Health Equalities Team. A core component of this post will be to work collaboratively with colleagues from across Health & Social Care, analytical colleagues within and outwith government and experts who understand racialisation and systemic racism, to develop an overarching policy around ethnicity data collection and use within Health & Social Care.

The post-holder will be expected to take the lead role in the development of an overarching policy on ethnicity data collection and use. You will have excellent project management, written and verbal communication skills, and be a self-starter. You will bring an understanding of ethnicity as a social construct, how racism and racialisation function within systems, data and the categorisations of people; and how this can be mitigated. You will be professionally curious and willing to constructively challenge current processes and systems in order to address long-standing, systemic inequalities.

There is a clear recognition that the evidence and data we have access to in relation to ethnicity is insufficient. It is critical that this is addressed to enable us to fully understand the highly complex picture that exists in relation to health inequalities, including equity of service provision, barriers that prevent people from engaging with and accessing health services, and the implications for people’s health. Only by having access to this type of information, can we identify where the need for action is greatest, and take appropriate action.

This role has been created to provide crucial drive and focus to our collective efforts to improve the ethical collection and use of ethnicity data to evidence the inequity in health access and outcomes.

The role directly contributes to the following commitment within the Programme for Government: “We will pursue equity with a fresh focus on minority ethnic groups by implementing the recommendations from the Expert Reference Group on COVID 19 and Ethnicity to improve collection and use of ethnicity data within Health & Social Care.”

Essential Criteria
1. Excellent oral and written communication skills; the ability to draft high quality submissions and briefings that communicate complex information to non-specialists to ensure ministers and senior colleagues quickly understand the implications and options.
2. Excellent analytical skills - able to interpret and assimilate complex and detailed information, and formulate balanced conclusions.
3. Project management skills; ensuring that multiple contending priorities are delivered to time, quality and budget.
4. Strong interpersonal skills; ability to build effective relationships, negotiate and influence senior colleagues

Nationality requirements
This job is broadly open to the following groups:
• UK nationals
• nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
• nationals of the Republic of Ireland
• nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
• relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
• relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
• certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
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