Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

Charity registered in Scotland SC000847

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow is home to Physicians, Surgeons, Dentists, Travel Medicine and Podiatric Medicine Practitioners located nationally and internationally.  The College has a heritage of over 400 years and its purpose is the same today as it was at the beginning; to set and maintain standards of healthcare through its 12,000 Fellows and Members worldwide.  


Current vacancies

Top job! Head of Obesity Action Scotland

  • Full time
  • £54,235
  • Glasgow - Hybrid working*
  • Closing 29th February 2024

To lead a health-focussed unit hosted in a Medical Royal College that aims to change the way Scotland tackles obesity prevention and healthy food policy.

To challenge the understanding of a healthy diet, obesity (and what a healthy weight looks like) and associated risks with key groups, decision makers and individuals in public policy, media, health and beyond.

To identify and challenge the public and private sector interests that directly shape the obesogenic environment to identify and influence action required.

To shape the political and policy agenda through direct engagement with senior decision-takers to enable the change needed to deliver population health measures.

To develop and inspire a successful, engaged team that can deliver agreed aspirations.

In conjunction with and as directed by the Steering Group, to lead, develop and monitor programmes of work, overseeing delivery and ensuring that programmes are evidence-based, outcome-focussed, fully aligned with strategic priorities, seeking to promote a healthy diet and thus change the prevalence and profile of overweight and obesity in Scotland.

About You - Knowledge, Experience and Skill Set Required

Essential

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant subject;
  • Successful leadership experience in a specific subject of public interest, influencing policy makers;
  • Excellent networking, communication, influencing and stakeholder management skills;
  • Understanding of the relationship between determinants of health, food and drink, nutrition and commercial factors;
  • Excellent written communications and experience of report writing;
  • Confident, strategic thinker and problem solver with the ability to analyse complex issues and offer a choice of solutions;
  • Ability to operate at a strategic level able to articulate the organisation’s vision and direction as well as giving support at operational level to achieve objectives and outcomes;
  • Ability to manage the interface between the external environment and internal operation, to gather critical intelligence and be accountable for outcomes;
  • Ability to develop, manage and execute effective public affairs and communications strategies;
  • Ability to undertake financial planning and identify and respond to income generating opportunities;
  • Strong ethical sense in conducting relationships between stakeholders in the health sector and food industry;
  • High level understanding of the use of research and evidence in shaping, influencing and developing policy and practice;
  • Demonstrable experience in overseeing the development and delivery of programmes that influence policy, and communication strategies; relationship building and ability to articulate key messages and outcomes;
  • Knowledge of how people learn and ability to design and facilitate dynamic learning opportunities;

Desirable

  • Previous work in a public health field;
  • Previous experience in food policy or nutrition related subject area;
  • Previous work in engaging with media and communications;
  • Awareness of human rights, equality and inclusion issues as they affect people who experience disadvantage;
  • Knowledge of the healthy food and anti-obesity policy context in Scotland and awareness of the UK, European and international context.

Terms of Employment

The post-holder will report to the Steering Group which will be made up of representatives from the Scottish Academy of Royal Medical Colleges, the NHS and other subject matter experts.

Obesity Action Scotland will be collocated at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. The post holder will be an employee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

The post-holder will report to the Obesity Action Scotland Steering Group on matters related to strategy, policy and programmes and will report to the CEO of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow on all other matters. The full job description is available for download below.

Benefits

  • 40 days holiday
  • Pension
  • Life Assurance Benefit
  • Enhanced Sick Pay, Maternity, Paternity and Adoption pay
  • Wellbeing Benefit
  • Cycle to Work Scheme

Successful candidates will have the requisite ability and experience to meet the specific requirements of the post.

*Hybrid working enables employees to work both in the College and remotely. As part of this arrangement, employees will be required to spend at least 50% of their working time in the College, with the days being subject to the needs of the business.

We promote an agile, flexible workforce and while this is a full‐time post, applications from individuals seeking less than full time, job‐share, or flexible working arrangements are welcome.

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Board members – Hope Foundation

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 15th September 2023

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow is a worldwide community of inspiring health professionals working together to advance the profession and improve patient care. As the UK’s only multidisciplinary Royal College, we play an active role in influencing and shaping healthcare policy.

Our community is made up of 15,000+ outstanding members, supported by more than 100 College staff and volunteer lay advisors. College staff work with clinicians, who give their time freely to the work of the College, to provide an innovative and inspiring programme of activity across the organisation.

We are a global and inclusive College with members working across medicine, surgery, dental surgery, travel medicine and podiatric medicine.

The Hope Foundation

Established in 2017, the Hope Foundation supports the principles of volunteerism and philanthropy shown by the Fellows and Members of College since its formation in 1599.

Our aim is to make a positive difference to the health of people living in challenging circumstances where access to quality healthcare is, for whatever reason, limited. We support projects that tackle barriers to healthcare with innovation and compassion, whilst demonstrating sustainability. We also have a particular interest in receiving applications for projects which will support medical training in Malawi.

We know that innovation, small changes and shared learning can make a huge difference in the provision of healthcare. The Hope Foundation enables the collective power of our community to make a real difference to health-related projects locally, nationally and internationally. We fulfil our purpose through fundraising, grant-making and disseminating learning from our funded projects to our membership.

The College is looking to recruit three new members to the Hope Foundation Board

We are looking for:

  • a lay advisory member (non-clinical)
  • two members drawn from the College community (clinical)

In addition to the Board chair and Fellows and Members, the Board includes external advisors from global surgery and academic sectors.

The role of the Hope Board is to:

  • Oversee strategic planning and development of policies relating to the Foundation, its grant process and monitor the outcomes of the projects supported.
  • Manage funds raised and ensure a sustainable income stream for the Foundation.
  • Advise on and be involved in the development of the events, endeavours and initiatives in fund raising for Hope.
  • Liaise with other committees and the College Council and trustees as appropriate.

Lay Advisory Member

The role of the Lay Advisor is to provide non-medical input and perspective into the discussions and decision-making of the Hope Board to support the charitable purposes of College.

Lay Advisors contribute to the openness, diversity and transparency of College affairs. Lay Advisors are not patients or public representatives.

The main responsibilities of the volunteer Lay Advisor are to:

  • Provide lay representation on the Hope Board.
  • Provide, as requested by the College’s committees and representatives, individual and collective lay input on matters relating to the work of the College and primarily in line with Hope Foundation’s key aims and objectives.
  • Comment on and/or respond to appropriate papers, policy documents and activities from a lay perspective.
  • Contribute to discussion and debate within College, both directly and indirectly on matters which are of interest to the Hope Foundation and the wider general public.
  • Respond to relevant requests from the Executive Board or College Council asking for comment.

Lay Advisor Person Specification

  • Experience of working in, or advising, charitable sector organisations, with a focus on overseas funding.
  • Knowledge of best practice relating income generation or fundraising in a charitable organisation
  • Excellent communication skills. Able to work effectively with people in groups and in formal meetings.
  • Ability to challenge, constructively, the views and assumptions of others.
  • Able to maintain confidentiality appropriate to the circumstances.
  • Willingness and/or experience to participate in and provide input to a wide range of public policy and health related consultations.
  • Able to attend Hope Board meetings – 3-4 per annum. Meeting are hybrid and normally run from 5.30pm until 7pm.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Lay Advisors must not be qualified in either medicine, dentistry, nursing, podiatry or travel medicine
  • The current or immediate past employment of a Lay Advisor must not give rise to any potential conflicts of interest.

College Fellows and Members as Board members

In addition to the specifications for the Lay Advisor, College Fellows and Members should have knowledge of the Council and committee structure of College, the Global Medical and Surgery initiatives and no conflicting interests.

Remuneration

  • All positions are voluntary, however, expenses incurred in carrying out the role will be reimbursed in line with the College Travel and Expenses policy.
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The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow is a worldwide community of inspiring health professionals working together to advance the profession and improve patient care. At a time when the health service faces great challenges, we are determined to make a positive difference, and are passionate about speaking up for the profession. We play an active leadership role in influencing and shaping healthcare policy.

Our community is made up of the expertise and experience of our 15,000+ outstanding, hardworking members, supported by over 100 College staff and volunteer lay advisors. College staff work with clinicians, who give their time freely to the work of the College to provide an innovative and inspiring programme of activity across the organisation.

We are a global and inclusive organisation with members working across medicine, surgery, dental surgery, travel medicine and podiatric medicine. Many of our members are actively involved as educators, examiners and ambassadors for the College.

The College’s heritage spans over 400 years, since it was founded in 1599. It records the stories, achievements and changes in medicine, surgery and health history, preserved in its archive, library and museum collections. You can find out more about how we provide access to our heritage on our website - heritage.rcpsg.ac.uk.

Role and Responsibilities

Heritage Committee

The College would like to recruit a Lay Advisor for its Heritage Committee.

In particular we would like to recruit a Lay Advisor to contribute to our new Heritage strategic priority area of enterprise and sustainability. This will help us ensure the College’s outstanding heritage and museum status contributes to the organisation’s financial sustainability. During the next three years, we hope to develop opportunities for sustainable income generation that supports the College’s charitable purpose.

In addition to the Honorary Librarian (chair) and Fellows and Members, the Committee includes external advisors from heritage and academic sectors.

The role of the Heritage Committee is to –

  • Advise on the management, development and use of the library and historical collections in line with recognised professional practices.
  • Oversee strategic planning and development of policies relating to the library, its services and the historical collections of the College.
  • To advise on the development of the events and exhibitions programme as devised by the Heritage team.
  • To liaise with other committees as appropriate

Lay Advisory Group

The broad role of a Lay Advisor is to provide non-medical input and perspective into the discussions and decision making of College committees and boards which support the charitable purposes of College.

Lay Advisors contribute to the openness, diversity and transparency of College affairs. Lay Advisors are not patients or public representatives.

The main responsibilities of the volunteer Lay Advisor shall be to: -

  • Provide lay representation on one or more of the collegiate committees and boards.
  • Provide, as requested by the College’s committees and representatives, individual and collective lay input on matters relating to the work of the College and primarily in line with College’s key aims and objectives as detailed in the strategic plan.
  • Represent, when required, the College on intercollegiate committees when specific lay representation is required.
  • Comment on and/or respond to appropriate health related consultations and/or papers, policy documents from a lay perspective as directed by the Honorary Secretary and in line with the consultation process. The details of which are contained within the Terms of Reference for the Lay Advisory Group.
  • Provide members who may, if required, serve on other professional medical bodies associated with the College e.g. Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) Patient Liaison Group.
  • Provide a potential source of lay examiners for College and intercollegiate examinations.
  • Identify members to contribute to any Lay Advisory Panel(s) i.e. reference group which may be established, from time to time, to deal with specific matters of importance/areas of expertise as and when required.
  • Contribute to discussion and debate, within College, both directly and indirectly on matters which are of interest to the College and the wider general public.
  • Respond to relevant requests from the Executive Board or College Council asking for comment.

Lay Advisor Person Specification

  • Experience of working in, or advising, heritage sector organisations, or historical visitor attractions and venues
  • Knowledge of best practice relating income generation or fundraising in a heritage or visitor attraction context
  • Good communication skills. Able to work effectively with people in groups and in formal meetings
  • Ability to challenge, constructively, the views and assumptions of others
  • Able to maintain confidentiality appropriate to the circumstances
  • Willingness and/or experience to participate in and provide input to a wide range of public policy and health related consultations
  • Able to attend Heritage Committee meetings - 2 per annum. Meeting are hybrid and normally run from 5.30pm until 6.30pm.
  • Able to attend Lay Advisory Group meetings – typically 3 per annum. Meetings are held in the College in Glasgow and normally run from 5:30pm until 7:30pm

Eligibility Criteria

  • Lay Advisors must not be qualified in either medicine, dentistry, nursing, podiatry or travel medicine
  • The current or immediate past employment of a Lay Advisor must not give rise to any potential conflicts of interest.

Remuneration

  • The post of Lay Advisor is voluntary, however, expenses incurred in carrying out the role of Lay Advisor will be reimbursed in line with the College Travel and Expenses policy.
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PR and Policy Officer

  • Full time
  • £31,290
  • Hybrid working with location-based requirements in Glasgow
  • Closing 4th November 2022

If you are an ambitious policy professional with experience of politics and the health system in the UK, then this role is for you!

We are looking for an exceptional PR and Policy Officer to join our brilliant Strategic Marketing and Digital team to help drive and shape the College’s positioning and profile.

You will have regular contact with some of the most senior members of our College, including our President, Honorary Secretary, and other senior clinicians and staff to ensure consistency of messaging, efficiency of responses to policy and media work, and accurate reporting.

The Role

Reporting to the Public Affairs Manager, you will be responsible for:

  • The creation, implementation and delivery of research, reports, and communications that support the delivery of the College’s strategic positioning and profile.
  • Acting as media liaison to ensure successful positioning of articles and features on print and broadcast media.
  • Effectively communicating and engaging with external stakeholders including government, media, and intercollegiate partners.
  • Developing and establishing good working relationships with policy makers, journalists and influencers.
  • Contributing to the College’s policy on key priorities and supporting the College’s response to Government and professional body consultations.

About Us

Founded in 1599, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow is an inclusive, global community that enables our members to develop the skills, knowledge and leadership to improve patient care.

We have over 15,000 members made up of physicians, surgeons, dental professionals and those working in podiatry and travel medicine. We have a truly diverse, global membership across 97 countries. We are a charity and empower our community to provide the highest standards of care to their patients through education, training and assessment.

Joining our team would give you the opportunity to get involved in interesting and meaningful work while supporting some of the most inspiring clinicians across the globe.

About You

Essential:

  • Degree qualified and at least 1-2 years’ experience in a public affairs, policy and/or communications role.
  • Demonstrable experience of researching and analysing data to support the development of policy.
  • Demonstrable experience of report writing.
  • Experienced in writing and distribution of media statements
  • Experience of parliament and politics, and a good understanding of health policy is desirable.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Demonstrable experience of planning, prioritising and managing multiple activities with high levels of attention to detail, ensuring deadlines are met.
  • Strong interpersonal skills in order to influence and interact effectively with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent IT skills including the use of databases and Microsoft Office.

In addition to a competitive salary we have a really impressive package of benefits including:

  • 40 days holiday
  • Pension
  • Life Assurance Benefit of 3 times your salary
  • Enhanced Sick Pay, Maternity, Paternity and Adoption pay
  • Wellbeing Benefit
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
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Lay Advisors

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Glasgow
  • Closing 31st October 2022

This is who we are

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow is a worldwide community of inspiring health professionals working together to advance the profession and improve patient care. At a time when the health service faces great challenges, we are determined to make a positive difference, and are passionate about speaking up for the profession. We play an active leadership role in influencing and shaping healthcare policy.

Our community is made up of the expertise and experience of our 15,000+ outstanding, hardworking members, supported by over 100 College staff and volunteer lay advisors. College staff work with clinicians, who give their time freely to the work of the College to provide an innovative and inspiring programme of activity across the College.

We are a global and inclusive organisation with members working across medicine, surgery, dental surgery, travel medicine and podiatric medicine. Many of our members are actively involved as educators, examiners and ambassadors for the College.

Role and Responsibilities

The College would like to recruit new Lay Advisors for six committees –

Fellowship Committee

Faculty of Podiatric Medicine Executive Board

Faculty of Travel Medicine Executive Board

Inclusion Advisory Group

Surgical Education Board

Surgical Exams Board

In particular we would like to recruit new members to increase the diversity of these committees and examiners in terms of demographics and knowledge of areas such as:

· Gender equality

· Ethnicity

· Age

· Inclusion and diversity

The role of a Lay Advisor is to provide non-medical input and perspective into the discussions and decision making of College committees and boards which support the charitable purposes of College.

Lay Advisors contribute to the openness, diversity and transparency of College affairs. Lay Advisors are not patients or public representatives.

The main responsibilities of the volunteer Lay Advisors shall be to: -

• Provide lay representation on one or more of the collegiate committees and boards

• Provide, as requested by the College’s committees and representatives, individual and collective lay input on matters relating to the work of the College and primarily in line with College’s key aims and objectives as detailed in the strategic plan.

• Represent, when required, the College on intercollegiate committees when specific lay representation is required.

• Comment on and/or respond to appropriate health related consultations and/or papers, policy documents from a lay perspective as directed by the Honorary Secretary and in line with the consultation process. The details of which are contained within the Terms of Reference for the Lay Advisory Group.

• Provide a pool of lay members who may, if required, serve on other professional medical bodies associated with the College e.g. Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) Patient Liaison Group.

• Provide a potential source of lay examiners for College and intercollegiate examinations.

• Identify members to contribute to any Lay Advisory Panel(s) i.e. reference group which may be established, from time to time, to deal with specific matters of importance/areas of expertise as and when required.

• Contribute to discussion and debate, within College, both directly and indirectly on matters which are of interest to the College and the wider general public.

• Respond to relevant requests from the Executive Board or College Council asking for comment.

Lay Advisor Person Specification

• No formal educational qualifications are necessary

• Genuine interest in training, health and social issues

• Good communication skills. Able to work effectively with people in groups and in formal meetings

• Ability to challenge, constructively, the views and assumptions of others

• Able to maintain confidentiality appropriate to the circumstances

• Willingness and/or experience to participate in and provide input to a wide range of public policy and health related consultations

• Able to attend College committee/board meetings– typically 3-4 times per year

• Able to attend Lay Advisory Group meetings – typically 3 per annum. Meetings are held in the College in Glasgow and normally run from 5:30pm until 7:30pm

Eligibility Criteria

• Lay Advisors must not be qualified in either medicine, dentistry, nursing, podiatry or travel medicine

• The current or immediate past employment of a Lay Advisor must not give rise to any potential conflicts of interest.

Remuneration

• The post of Lay Advisor is voluntary, however, expenses incurred in carrying out the role of Lay Advisor will be reimbursed in line with the College Travel and Expenses policy.

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Obesity Action Scotland (OAS) is hosted and supported by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. The post holder will be employed within Obesity Action Scotland and will provide support and input to Scotland’s early adopters programme on a whole system approach to diet and healthy weight.

Reporting to the Programme Lead of OAS, the National Co-ordinator will play a key role in the development and championing of a whole systems approach to diet and healthy weight being led by early adopter areas including North Ayrshire, Dundee, Dumfries and Galloway and the East Region.

The programme is a key commitment within Scottish Government’s Diet and Healthy Weight Delivery Plan. A national steering group support and oversee the early adopter activity and the post holder will work closely with the national steering group, national partners and appointed leads within the early adopter areas.

The College supports hybrid working practices including working from home, however, regular attendance at meetings in Glasgow city centre would also be a requirement of the role.

A full Job Description is available for download below.

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Policy and Engagement Officer

  • Full time
  • £26,580
  • Glasgow/home hybrid working
  • Closing 27th August 2021

Obesity Action Scotland has established itself as the leading advocacy group on overweight and obesity in Scotland. We are at the forefront of campaigning and awareness raising on this issue. We are looking for a Policy and Evidence Manager to join our team.

Obesity Action Scotland is hosted and supported by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

The Role

Reporting to the Policy and Evidence Manager, the Policy and Engagement Officer will be responsible for the implementation and delivery of research, reports and digital communications that support the objectives of Obesity Action Scotland. Our work focuses on preventing overweight and obesity through improved diet and food environments. The Policy and Engagement Officer will be actively involved in the analysis and interpretation of research and policy papers and production of evidence-based briefings and materials. The postholder will co-ordinate the communications activity of Obesity Action Scotland through digital media

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Alliance Manager

  • Part time
  • £30,379 pro-rata
  • Glasgow/home hybrid working
  • Closing 25th August 2021

The Scottish Obesity Alliance is an alliance of organisations across Scotland who are passionate and committed to preventative advocacy action. This post is positioned within Obesity Action Scotland and in turn hosted and supported by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

The Role

To act as the lead officer and primary point of contact for the Scottish Obesity Alliance, a Scotland wide alliance of organisations interested in tackling obesity. The Scottish Obesity Alliance has an independent chairperson and an Executive Group who set the policy priorities. Obesity Action Scotland provide line management to the postholder.

Reporting to the Programme Lead for Obesity Action Scotland, for line management purposes, the Alliance Manager‘s role will include:

• Supporting and developing the Scottish Obesity Alliance policy and advocacy work

• Supporting and developing all other activities of the Scottish Obesity Alliance

• Enabling and engaging the membership

• Acting as the primary point of contact for the alliance

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Policy and Evidence Manager

  • Full time
  • £35,441
  • Glasgow/home hybrid working
  • Closing 25th August 2021

Obesity Action Scotland has established itself as the leading advocacy group on overweight and obesity in Scotland. We are at the forefront of campaigning and awareness raising on this issue. We are looking for a Policy and Evidence Manager to join our team.

Obesity Action Scotland is hosted and supported by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

The Role

The Policy and Evidence Manager within Obesity Action Scotland is responsible for the planning, development, presentation and communication of our evidence-based policy positions. Our work focuses on preventing overweight and obesity through improved diet and food environments.

The postholder will report to the Programme Lead. The Policy and Evidence Manager will oversee the following activities on behalf of the Unit

• Gathering, analysing and interpreting data and evidence

• The development of organisational evidence-based policy positions

• Planning and implementation of in-house evidence gathering projects

• Presentation, dissemination and communication of key messages to external audiences

• Influencing policy makers and stakeholders

• Partnership working

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Policy Intern

  • Full time
  • £22,782
  • Glasgow/home hybrid working
  • Closing 25th August 2021

Obesity Action Scotland has established itself as the leading advocacy group on overweight and obesity in Scotland. We are at the forefront of campaigning and awareness raising on this issue. We are looking for a Policy Intern on a fixed term basis to cover a busy period of office activity.

Obesity Action Scotland is hosted and supported by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

The Role

To provide research, policy and communications support within Obesity Action Scotland.

The post holder will report to the Policy and Evidence Manager. The Policy Intern will work closely with the team to:

• actively support the analysis and interpretation of research and policy papers

• assist in the production of evidence-based briefings and materials

• assist in the creation and posting of website and digital media content

This post is provided on a fixed term basis to provide temporary support.

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