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Policy Officer (Covid-19) 12 month - contract

Blood Cancer UK
Closing date
28 Jan 2022

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Full Time
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This is an excellent opportunity to have a real impact at a vitally important time for the blood cancer community by joining the Policy, Campaigns and Engagement team of the UK's leading blood cancer charity as we continue to bring people affected by blood cancer to the centre of our policy, campaigning and engagement activity.

The pandemic has created a unique problem for the blood cancer community. People with blood cancer are at a significantly higher risk of becoming very unwell if they catch COVID-19 and the vaccines are less likely to work effectively for them. It is essential, therefore, that the voice of people with blood cancer is heard by central government, the devolved administrations and the NHS across the UK. You will have a key role to play in the development of our COVID-19 policy work and ensuring decision makers understand and act where needed. You will be innovative, flexible and have a passion for working as part of a team to achieve real change for people with blood cancer.

You will have experience of working in a policy role and an excellent knowledge of health policy. A good understanding of how to use health data most effectively in the pursuit of policy ambitions would be an advantage. You will join a flexible, supportive team where you'll have a chance to achieve meaningful impact and develop your career.

The Policy Officer has a vital role in ensuring our mission becomes a reality. You will work in the Policy, Campaigns and Engagement Team and will develop evidence-based policy positions on issues which address the significant risks faced by the blood cancer community, such as vaccine effectiveness for people with blood cancer, emerging treatments e.g. monoclonal antibodies and antivirals, workplace protections, access to testing.

Working closely with colleagues in the team and the wider Research, Services and Engagement Directorate, you will be responsible for identifying COVID-19 related issues as they emerge, bringing people affected by blood cancer into our policy development work and seeking opportunities to influence the health policy agenda.
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