Devolved Nations Press Officer

  • Location : Cardiff or Belfast or Edinburgh
  • Status : Permanent / 35 hours pw
  • Salary : £30,532-£33,698
  • Closing date : 01/02/2019

About the role

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is the leading medical authority on mental health in the United Kingdom and is the professional and educational organisation for doctors specialising in psychiatry. The College plays a central role in establishing and promoting the highest standards of psychiatric care and training in the United Kingdom.

A fantastic opportunity has come up for a bright, ambitious, talented communicator to join the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ communications team.  We are looking for a Devolved Nations Press Officer to lead on our media work in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Based in Cardiff, Belfast or Edinburgh, you will work closely with staff in those three countries, psychiatrists and our London-based communications team, to promote the College’s work through the media.

A personable self-starter, you will have the confidence and experience to work remotely as well as face to face, and the nous to guide our members towards a consensus on a wide range of issues from how to improve mental health care in prisons to funding priorities and delivering a much-needed boost to the psychiatric workforce. You will be expected to develop an easy rapport with key College staff and members, come up with ideas for stories and show the presence of mind and determination to see those ideas through to fruition.

Our experienced – and extremely busy – external affairs team in London will be on hand to offer you general guidance, but you will be expected to master the vagaries of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland’s health care systems and switch from one to the other as required.

You will have a proven track record of selling stories to journalists, an impressive media contacts’ book, an eye for a brilliant introduction to a press release and a snappy writing style. You also will be brilliant at getting your messages across, full of ideas on how to promote a positive narrative around psychiatry and be aware of how media work and public affairs dovetail together. Previous experience of working in the health care sector is desirable.

How to apply

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

For any other queries, please e-mail

We welcome applications from all sectors of the community.

Closing date: Friday 1 February 2019

Interview date: Monday 11 February 2019 (The interviews are taking place in Edinburgh, Belfast or Cardiff)


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

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