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Research and Policy Manager

Job Reference: J50-A-21-0730

NHS Confederation
£52,048 plus London weighting £4,000 if applicable

Job title: Research and Policy Manager

Location: Leeds/London/Home based

Role: Full time


Salary: £52,048, + £4000 London weighting allowance if applicable

About the role

The NHS Race & Health Observatory (‘the Observatory’) is a new, independent organisation, set up to explore ethnic inequalities in access to healthcare, experiences of healthcare, health outcomes.

The research and policy team are responsible for engaging with stakeholders to identify research priorities; commissioning research and synthesising evidence; working with our communications team to disseminate research outputs; and working closely with policymakers and other health and care leaders to ensure that recommendations are acted upon.

As a Research and Policy Manager, you will:

  • Be responsible for scoping and procuring research products from external suppliers.
  • Manage complex and long-term research projects once procured.
  • Support the Senior Strategy and Policy Lead with stakeholder engagement and in developing a network of policymakers and officials.
  • Work alongside our communications team to develop content to aid dissemination of our research and recommendations.
  • Present findings of research to large and varied audiences, digitally and in person.
  • Write responses to consultations and public statements which serve to further the Observatory’s goal of delivering ethnic health equity.
  • Engage regularly with key actors across defined policy areas and keeping abreast of ongoing policy developments.

About you

We would love to hear from you if you:

  • Are interested in tackling race inequality for patients, communities and the NHS workforce.
  • Enjoy engaging, listening, sharing and influencing.
  • Have experience of commissioning and managing large and complex research projects.
  • Have experience of working in health and care and/or equalities policy.
  • Enjoy being part of a small, passionate and adaptable team.

About us

Although independent, the NHS Race & Health Observatory is hosted by NHS Confederation. The NHS Confederation is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive environment for our staff. A place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We offer a range of inclusive employment policies including family friendly policies and flexible working and we have range of channels to support staff from different backgrounds including our staff networks and a staff forum.

The NHS Confederation is committed to being a flexible employer. We understand the value and benefit to our employees being able to work flexibly and our agile working principles are designed to empower our people to work with optimal flexibility and minimal constraints to support a work life balance and take care of employee health and wellbeing.

You will receive an excellent benefits package, including 30 days annual leave (plus bank holidays), pension scheme, cycle to work scheme, salary sacrifice schemes and travel season ticket loans.

To apply

Please download the job description and complete the application form. Please note we do not accept CVs.

For an informal discussion about the post and the NHS Confederation before applying please contact Sam Rodger via

Application deadline: 29th November (midnight)

Interview date: 10th December


NHS Confederation is committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity amongst our workforce. Our aim is to develop working practices and create a working environment which enables staff:

To be treated with respect and dignity
To be treated fairly with regard to all procedures, assessments and choices
To receive encouragement to reach their full potential.

NHS Confederation will therefore seek to ensure all staff are free from unlawful discrimination, victimisation or harassment on the grounds of:

race (including ethnic origin, colour, nationality and national origin);
gender (including sex, marital status or gender reassignment);
disability of any kind;
religion or belief;
sexual orientation
trade union activity

Our commitment applies to all aspects of employment including:

recruitment and the advertisement of jobs;
terms and conditions of employment;
training, career development and promotion; and
grievance and disciplinary procedures.

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