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Health Research Authority

Director of Policy and Partnerships

Job description

We are a flexible working friendly organisation, and will work with you to find an arrangement that works for you as well as us.At the Health Research Authority (HRA) our vision is for high quality health and social care research today, which improves everyone’s health and wellbeing tomorrow. We help realise this by making it easy to do research that people can trust. Our core purpose is to protect and promote the interests of patients and the public in health and social care research, working with partners to do so. We review research to make sure it’s ethical and compliant, promote transparency in research, coordinate and standardise research regulatory practice, and provide independent recommendations on the processing of patient information. We aim, with our partners, to make the UK a great place to do research, to build confidence and participation and so improve the nation’s health. It’s a particularly exciting time to get involved, as we implement our new 2022-25 strategy. This builds on our work during the pandemic, which helped UK researchers to make the single biggest contribution to the global fight against COVID-19. The Director of Policy and Partnerships will have a crucial role to play in delivering our vision and strategy, by leading on involvement, stakeholder engagement, partnership working, communications, and our work on public policy. There is a strong ambassadorial element to this role, developing relationships across a diverse stakeholder landscape, building our credibility and influence. Related to this, developing and expanding the scope and reach of our public policy work will also be vitally important. Inclusivity is at the heart of the role, both in terms of our commitment to drive involvement and engagement in research, as well as our leadership values as an organisation. We are looking someone who can lead with openness and integrity, enabling challenging conversations, taking people with them, whilst also operating at pace. This Director post is part of the Executive Committee team, and also a non-voting Board Member.We need someone with experience of influencing, developing and implementing public policy at senior management level, with a demonstrable interest in the health and / or social care landscape. While desirable, specific experience of health or social care research is not essential, but an understanding of patient and public involvement is key. You will need experience of operating at Board level, outstanding communication and influencing skills and a track record in external affairs. You will be a compassionate and empathic manager, with experience of leading and developing high performing teams and a demonstrable personal commitment to diversity and inclusion.We are committed to creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. We know from experience that different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds create a stronger, more creative workplace that helps us to deliver the best services. We welcome applications which represent the rich diversity of our community: age, disability, gender identity and expression, ethnicity, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation and other diverse characteristics, and we have policies in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process.This role offers a compelling, focused remit in an exciting space, with substantial scope and opportunity to influence and make positive impact.

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