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Policy and Advocacy Officer 2018 job description

Job Description

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is the leading body for the education, training, accreditation and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors in the UK. We represent over 8,000 therapists who work in a range of sectors, including the NHS, schools, charities, and private practice.

Title Policy and Advocacy Officer
Salary £24,450
Reporting to Policy and Public Affairs Manager
Direct Reports None
Location 2nd Floor, America House, 2 America Square, London, EC3N 2LU



To contribute to UKCP’s national policy and campaigning work, such as raising awareness of psychotherapy, improving access to psychotherapy, and raising the quality of therapy services.

To advocate on behalf of members, and therapy services where our members work, such as those facing potential downsizing or closure.


Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supporting all aspects of policy, campaigning, and public affairs work – from MP engagement, to campaign design, to basic research support, to admin.
  • To lead on the organisation’s advocacy work on behalf of members, and services where members work, under the supervision of the Policy and Public Affairs Manager.
  • Work to lobby Government, NHS England, local commissioners and other decision makers and stakeholders
  • To suggest and develop communications and media ideas related to policy – usually in collaboration with the wider communications team.
  • Work with the Policy team to research and develop new policy proposals to be communicated to a variety of different audiences
  • To help create and deliver national campaigns, potentially taking the lead on strands of policy work and specific campaign bursts
  • Contribute to social media and blogs on the website, when relevant to specific policy work
  • Produce written briefings, publications and other materials that communicate complex messages clearly and effectively to a different audiences
  • Building relationships with stakeholders within parliament, public bodies, and the wider mental health sector.


Experience/Criteria requirements:


  • Experience of working in either a parliamentary, policy, public affairs, or campaigning role.
  • An understanding of Parliamentary procedures and how to influence the political and policy making process.
  • Ability to understand and analyse information including research reports and legislation
  • Ability to engage and build positive relationships, including with colleagues from other organisations across the sector, and with higher profile stakeholders such as MPs and policy makers.
  • Ability to propose and manage projects independently, as well as work as part of a team to deliver pre-determined campaigns and objectives.
  • Excellent ability to plan and prioritise multiple projects to meet agreed deadlines and targets, and ability to respond to tight deadlines and changing circumstances.
  • An eye for media opportunities, and ability to propose feasible ideas to obtain media coverage in support of policy and campaigning work
  • A basic understanding of national and local NHS structures, and an overview of current issues facing the public provision of psychological therapy


  • Experience of local campaigning.
  • Experience of generating and using qualitative research, such as case studies, focus groups etc.
  • Knowledge of e-campaigning software .
  • Experience of engaging service-users in the policy and campaigns process.


Please send your CV and cover letter explaining how you meet the specifications to