Policy and Communications Assistant

Posted on: Tuesday 15 June 2021

Closing: Monday 5 July 2021 12:00

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The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine (FPM) is a charity and membership body for doctors who work on all aspects of medicines research and development. The small, but vibrant and professional, staff work closely with the Board of Trustees and our 1,500 members to deliver on our mission and our strategic objectives, to improve the health of patients around the world.

FPM has gone from strength to strength over the last few years and our reputation and influence continues to grow. The Policy and Communications Assistant is a vital and strategic new role that is pivotal to supporting this growth. Reporting directly to the Head of Policy and Communications, the role will support the wide-ranging activities in the policy and communications department. Areas of current and future focus include: the future of clinical trials, women’s health, environmental sustainability in pharmaceutical medicine and antimicrobials.

The role will have a blend of administrative responsibilities and creative activities, including:

  • Coordinating the work of the FPM’s policy expert groups, covering areas such as rare diseases, oncology and paediatrics.
  • Supporting the organisation of policy and PR events.
  • Administration of committees and expert groups.
  • Drafting press releases, web copy and member communications.
  • Supporting the development of FPM’s digital activities – including social media posting and design, and audio and visual production.
  • Supporting the press and media work of FPM, managing and logging contacts with journalists and press activity and impact.

This exciting new post provides a great opportunity for someone who is interested in developing their skills and has some ideas to contribute. A background in the life sciences would be beneficial, but is not essential. We are looking for a bright, dynamic self-starter who is organised and can communicate well. The post holder will be well supported and will work closely with the Marketing and Digital Communications Manager, and there will be ample opportunities to learn media and digital skills and discover more about the policy landscape in this exciting and innovative field of medicine.

FPM offers a fantastic benefits package, including flexible working, 29 days annual leave, Christmas closure days, Staff Treats reward portal and Cycle to work scheme. The role is offered on a one-year contract initially, with the possibility of extension.

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.

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Salary: £25,000 plus benefits

Applications: Please submit your CV along with a covering letter of no more than 500 words explaining why you are suitable for the role to recruitment@fpm.org.uk. CVs in isolation cannot be accepted.

Closing date: 12 noon on Monday 5 July 2021

Interviews: Tuesday 13 July 2021

No agencies or publications please.

About us

FPM is a professional membership organisation, registered charity and standard-setting body, with 1,500 members. All our members are medically qualified and are either pharmaceutical physicians or have a professional interest in the specialty. We are based in modern offices in Islington with 11 staff who manage our membership, education, training, policy and revalidation services.

FPM was founded 30 years ago with a mission to advance the science and practice of pharmaceutical medicine by working to develop and maintain competence, ethics and integrity and the highest professional standards in the specialty. FPM seeks, through its activities, to bring about an improvement in the health of the public.

FPM sets standards of practice in pharmaceutical medicine through the Pharmaceutical Medicine Specialty Training (PMST) programme, completion of which enables pharmaceutical physicians to join the General Medical Council’s (GMC) specialist register, and by setting exams in pharmaceutical medicine and human pharmacology. We also offer educational and training events throughout the year to enable continuous learning for all our members.

An important function of FPM is operating as a designated body which supports over 600 members through the appraisal and revalidation processes.

FPM is recognised as an authoritative voice on pharmaceutical medical issues. We frequently respond to external consultations from governmental and regulatory authorities. We promote high ethical standards amongst our members and amongst the profession at large. We work closely with the Royal Colleges of Physicians, other medical royal colleges and many other organisations to advocate on behalf of our members and the specialty.

With global recognition for our high educational standards and with over 20% of our members working outside the UK, we see our future expanding internationally, growing our services to meet the needs of the global pharmaceutical industry and patients worldwide.

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