Part-time Policy Manager job opportunity


Do you want to try and influence healthcare policy?

Community Pharmacy England is looking for a part-time Policy Manager to help take policy development and an extensive advocacy programme forwards as part of our Communications and Public Affairs Team.

The post-holder will work for 15 hours per week, liaising closely with the Director of Communications and Public Affairs with a brief to:

  • Writing policy briefings for a wide range of audiences, including MPs and officials, which are persuasive and effectively influence policymakers in line with pharmacy’s ambitions;
  • Advising on policies and positioning to enable community pharmacy to make the strongest case possible for further investment and development – at both a national level and across the new network of Integrated Care Systems;
  • Identifying and engaging with key policy decision-makers for the sector, working closely with other members of our public affairs team and with local representatives;
  • Identifying key policy developments which present opportunities and threats for community pharmacies and designing plans to make the most of or mitigate these; and
  • Positioning Community Pharmacy England as a credible policy-making organisation, including advising on media statements and positions where relevant.

The ideal candidate will already have a great contacts-book across Whitehall and the wider policy environment, as well as a proven track-record in successfully influencing public policy. We are looking for someone to bring a fresh pair of eyes to our policy and advocacy work, and who is comfortable dealing with senior stakeholders and advising on policy objectives and devising plans to bring about policy change. An assured self-starter, you’ll be excited to roll your sleeves up as part of a small and busy team working within a complex matrix of stakeholders. You’ll be highly competent at drafting persuasive briefings for MPs and other audiences, as well as from time to time acting as an external spokesperson. An understanding of healthcare commissioning in England would be a great advantage.

This is a six-month contract initially, reflecting the fact that Community Pharmacy England is continuing to go through a period of change, and expansion, following an independent review. The post-holder will have the opportunity to shape this new role with the possibility of extension and increasing the number of hours worked in due course. Alternatively, there is also potential for this role to be offered a secondment.

Employment type: Part-time, six-month contract (with possibility of flexible and home working)

Location:Hybrid working (remote/office in Farringdon, central London)

Salary:£21,000 (FTE £49,000) (dependent on experience)

Job Pack: Policy Manager

Application process

Applicants should send a CV and covering letter to, referencing the job title in the subject line.

Applications close at the end of the day on Monday 5th February 2024, but please note that we may interview candidates before that deadline.

No recruitment agencies please.

About Community Pharmacy England

We are the voice of community pharmacy in England, representing all of the 10,000+ community pharmacies across the country.

We champion community pharmacies across the country – representing pharmacy owners and giving them the support they need, negotiating the best deal with the Government and NHS, and influencing positive change.

We represent community pharmacy businesses of all sizes in England and are responsible for negotiating the NHS Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF) under which all community pharmacies operate. We work closely with everyone in the community pharmacy sector, including the Local Pharmaceutical Committees (LPCs), to meet our goals and to promote the value of community pharmacy.

Because everyone in society needs community pharmacy to thrive.