Associate Registrar for Policy

  • Status : 5-year term
  • Salary : Voluntary role
  • Closing date : 29/03/2022

Overview of the role

The Associate Registrar for Policy has responsibility for supporting and advising the Registrar and wider College in its policy setting and influencing across the full range of mental health issues.. This includes leadership and oversight of College Reports and Position Statements, seeking to ensure through the Policy and Public Affairs (PPAC) Editorial Board that they are as impactful as possible.

Key responsibilities

  1. Chair the Policy and Public Affairs Committee Editorial Board (PPAC) who have delegated responsibility from the Committee and Registrar to ensure publications are impactful, timely and aligned to the College’s strategic objectives.
  2. Work with the Editorial Board, provide advice to the Registrar on areas that the College should proactively be seeking to develop a policy and/or position on.
  3. Provide input into ways in which College bodies and its members can be supported in understanding how to decide on their priorities and once they do that, the potential mechanism(s) available to take them forward from a policy influencing perspective.
  4. Review and sign off on College responses to consultations undertaken by NICE.
  5. Chair ad hoc working groups and expert reference groups as requested by the Registrar.
  6. Attend PPAC meetings (3 times a year).
  7. Deputise for the Registrar at both internal and external policy meetings.
  8. Attend meetings of the Communications and Policy Steering Group (in person or remotely).
  9. Uphold and promote the College values of Courage, Innovation, Respect, Collaboration, Learning and Excellence.

About the College

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is the professional membership body for psychiatrists and promotes excellent care for people with mental illness.

It has 19,000 members and engages with government and the media as the leading voice of the UK’s mental health services. The College is a values-based organisation and, in 2019, was named Charity of the Year in the European Diversity Awards.

How to apply

If you would like to be considered for this post, please submit a CV and a covering letter demonstrating relevant experience (one A4 side) to

Please see attached the full job description (JD) below for more information.

For any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Thomas Denning, Policy and Standards Manager.

Closing date: 29 March 2022

Interview date: TBC via Microsoft Teams/Zoom

Interviews are likely to be around 30 minutes and we will seek to organise the interviews to ensure availability.

The College values a diverse and inclusive workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community, reflecting the population it serves.

Job Description - Associate Registrar for Policy - March 2022