Deputy Head of Policy and Campaigns

  • Location : London
  • Status : Permanent contract
  • Salary : £57,869 - £63,540 per annum
  • Closing date : 27/07/2023
  • Interview date : 18/08/2023
A core part of the Royal College of Psychiatrist’s role is influencing national and local mental health strategies to improve the lives of people with mental illness. We pride ourselves on working strategically to achieve change, based on high quality research and policy analysis, and proactive stakeholder engagement. At a time of continued pressure on the NHS, ongoing reform to mental health services, and a system needing to respond to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, our work is as important now as ever.

We are looking for a highly strategic and dynamic individual to lead on our core influencing objectives. This includes ensuring the College has a leading voice in the development of national and local mental health strategies, and major programmes of reform. You will have the vision to see what is needed to achieve change, bringing together excellent data analysis and policy development to influence decision makers at the highest level. Operating at a senior level, you will be a trusted adviser to the College Officers in their stakeholder engagement, and ensure we have systems to hold the mental health system to account. 

Reporting to the Head of Policy and Campaigns, you will work in partnership to lead the team across a range of complex policy areas. You should have excellent line management skills, be highly articulate and persuasive, and be able to work strategically and diplomatically across internal and external stakeholders. 

The successful candidate will be passionate about achieving change and improving the lives of people with mental illness.

Please note, in line with the College's hybrid working model of on-site and working from home/remotely, our team works in the office on Tuesday and Wednesday.


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

We are committed to building and maintaining an inclusive and supportive culture, a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We aim to promote a more inclusive environment, which attracts all candidates and signals our commitment to celebrate and promote diversity.

We operate a hybrid working model of on-site and working from home/remote, which helps to ensure a flexible work-life balance.

We will provide appropriate reasonable adjustments for candidates who may have a disability.

We only recruit the best and in return for your commitment, the College offers an attractive salary and benefits.

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How to apply

For more information and instructions on how to apply, please download the following documents:

We welcome applications from all sectors of the community.

Closing date: Thursday 27 July 2023, 10am

Interview date: Friday 18 August 2023 via Microsoft Teams

The College is an Equal Opportunities Employer. Charity registration no. 228636

The College is a proud member of the Disability confident employer scheme. A Disability Confident employer will offer an interview to any applicant that declares they have a disability and meets the minimum criteria (essential) for the job as defined by the employer. Please see the candidate information pack for more information.

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