Policy and Communications Group

Posted on: Wednesday 29 September 2021

Closing: Friday 11 February 2022 12:20

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Seeking members for FPM’s Policy and Communications Group

The Policy and Communications Group (PCG) is a dynamic and innovative group, which oversees and supports all the public policy and communications work of FPM. We are seeking a number of new members, after several of the group have recently been appointed as FPM trustees. This is a very exciting time to join the group, as pharmaceutical medicine and clinical research are currently very topical, and high on the national and international agenda. FPM has grown and matured during the pandemic, and strengthened its reputation through many and varied policy and media activities. Apply now to join PCG and help us build on these achievements.

Committee terms of reference

  • To raise awareness of the science and practice of pharmaceutical medicine, advocate the benefits that the specialty brings to the health of the public and advocate policy developments to support pharmaceutical medicine
  • To develop and maintain a policy platform (areas of focus, policy position papers, key messages) in line with the FPM mission and objectives
  • To undertake policy projects on topics connected to pharmaceutical medicine in line with FPM strategy
  • To approve FPM’s response to external consultations developed by the Expert Groups or other groups within FPM
  • To liaise with other FPM groups to ensure coordination and alignment of policy activities
  • To oversee the work of the Expert Groups and to coordinate their input into FPM policy development and related activities
  • To consider appropriate PR activities to underpin the policy platform
  • To support internal (member) and external communications
  • To lead a communications strategy, so that policy activities and other projects are effectively communicated to the intended audience
  • To generate content and advising on publication strategy for communications to FPM members to engage and inform them
  • To advise communications staff on press and media activities
  • To undertake direct media activity on behalf of the FPM, as directed by the FPM Head of Policy and Communications
  • To advise on content and utility of the FPM website and social media channels and ensure that it is consistent with official FPM positions, policy and messages
  • To consider the prevailing and future topics of importance to pharmaceutical medicine
  • To undertake horizon scanning and advise the Executive Committee, Board and Chief Executive on matters relating to policy and communications
  • To make recommendations as to the policy and scientific content of events and other activities
  • To consult with other groups within FPM to inform policies and communications, as appropriate
  • To uphold the FPM Values of being Professional, Innovative, Caring, Collaborative, Credible and Learned

The group will work closely with FPM’s staff.

Affiliates, Associates, Members and Fellows are eligible to apply. This is your opportunity to shape the future of policy and communications at FPM.

This vacancy has expired.

Main responsibilities of a PCG member

  • Attend PCG meetings, either in person or by video conferencing
  • Actively contribute to the work of PCG as described in the terms of reference
  • Participate promptly in communications by email / telephone in between meetings as required
  • Undertake other activities on behalf of PCG and FPM as agreed
  • Act in compliance with the FPM’s Governing Documents and Procedures
  • Follow the guidance set out in the FPM’s committee guidance documents
  • Act in compliance with the FPM’s Policies including its Code of Conduct and Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Act in compliance with FPM’s values
  • Bring impartiality and objectivity to meetings and decision-making
  • Represent the policies and values of FPM in external fora

FPM’s values

We areThis means
Professional Being accountable for our work and actions
Innovative Seeking solutions proactively
Caring Treating everyone with dignity
Collaborative Working positively with others
Credible Being honest and ethical in our work
Learned Investing in developing knowledge and skills


The method of appointment is open advertisement from the membership (all grades) of FPM of Pharmaceutical Medicine. A person specification is provided below. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to meet an appointment committee which will be chaired by the Chair of PCG.


Members normally serve for a period of three years. This can be extended to a maximum of six years if re-appointed. Members may be asked to step down from the group if they are not able to attend meetings or contribute to the work of the group satisfactorily.


Time Commitment

It is anticipated that there will be four two-hour meetings per year.  There will be additional time commitments involved in supporting the work of the Committee in between committee meetings but it is difficult to be prescriptive about the extent of this.


Information relating to group business must be kept confidential unless otherwise agreed by FPM.


FPM will reimburse travel and subsistence costs arising from reasonable attendance at FPM meetings and events under the terms of the FPM’s Expense Claim Policy.


Person specification

As part of your application, please provide details and examples of how you meet these criteria:


  • In good standing with the relevant medical registration body (e.g. GMC)
  • Current Fellow, Member, Associate or Affiliate of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine in good standing


  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Evidence of achievement and contributions to the specialty of Pharmaceutical Medicine
  • Currently undergoing revalidation

How to apply

To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter outlining your relevant experience and interest in the role to fpm@fpm.org.uk.

FPM welcomes and actively seeks to recruit people to its activities regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation. FPM aspires to reflect the diversity of its members in all its committee, senior roles and staff in general.

If you have any questions about the role or application process please email fpm@fpm.org.uk or contact Ben Cottam, our Head of Policy and Communications, at b.cottam@fpm.org.uk or +44 (0)20 3696 9034.