Senior Media and Communications Officer x2

  • Location : London
  • Status : Permanent Contract
  • Salary : £40,671 - £44,919 per annum
  • Closing date : 16/11/2023
  • Interview date : 30/11/2023
The Royal College of Psychiatrists is seeking two highly motivated and insightful Media specialists for the following roles:

• Senior Media and Communications Officer - News
• Senior Media and Communications Officer - Campaigns

If you have sound news judgement, a creative approach to campaigns, excellent writing skills and are passionate about making a difference to the lives of people living with mental illness, one of these roles could be for you. 

With a diverse remit including Children’s mental health, forensic and criminal justice, eating disorders, gambling, and addictions as well as global health and much more, no two days are ever the same.  

Join our talented fast-paced team, to help influence news reports, shape stories, and bring mental illness and psychiatry to the forefront, across print, broadcast, and online media, in addition to our own channels. 

From reacting to the Online Harms Bill, to commenting on winter pressures in A&E, and not forgetting the imploding NHS waiting lists or mental health crisis – the Royal College of Psychiatrists has a voice on it all. 

Your expertise as a journalist and experience in communications will help you to create compelling content, impactful campaigns, and drive awareness of our vital work across several areas of the College.

This is your opportunity to be at the heart of influencing the public narrative on mental health.


The ideal candidates will have solid experience in influencing behaviour and changing public perceptions, coupled with a passion for improving mental health advocacy. Your ability to collaborate effectively will increase our engagement with members, policymakers, influencers, and experts by experience.

You will be calm and efficient, a person who is able to switch priorities easily while dealing with sensitive, complex, and high-profile issues. 

As a social media advocate, you will have experience of using it to successfully listen, engage and share information. We expect you to have a good knowledge of using multiple platforms and able to easily create new content for them. 

You should be prepared to lead by example by demonstrating diligence, willingness to work above and beyond the tasks set, and to work flexibly to make sure that tasks are finished in time, ensuring that the College is able to respond to the 24-hour media day.


This is an exciting opportunity for a good communicator who thrives in the newsroom, enjoys spotting breaking news stories and working with our policy team to draft swift, robust, and appropriate responses at short notice.

Leading our newsdesk, you will seek out relevant mental health angles for stories in the daily news cycle, as well as reacting to incoming calls from high-profile media outlets wanting an expert opinion on a mental health story.
You will organise interviews, draft sharp reactive statements, develop our lived experience stories and brief journalists to generate and influence our coverage. You will also work with our spokespeople to confidently provide them with proactive media-handling advice and briefings. 


With a unique focus on driving our proactive stories and campaigns. This role will involve collaborating with influencers and our expert members to amplify our impact and raise the profile of mental illness and understanding of psychiatry.

You will be an all-rounder with a broad range of communications expertise. Ideally you will have come from a newsroom and a busy press office, work well under pressure, have an excellent writing style, and be full of creative media ideas. 

You will lead on a wide range of projects that help us to achieve our proactive media and communications ambitions. You will use your warm media contacts, as well as building new networks to achieve the College’s communications objectives.

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 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.

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

For any queries, please email

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 16 November 2023, 10am

Interview date: Thursday 30 November 2023, Friday 1 December 2023 and Monday 4 December 2023 via Microsoft Teams

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

We welcome applications from all sections of the Community.

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 candidate information pack for more information.

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