New position available – Policy and Research Officer

Job Title: Policy and Research Officer

Reports to: Head of Policy and Research

Salary Range: Pro-rata £29,000 per annum

Position type: Fixed Term Contract for 6 months, working 2 days per week (0.4 FTE)

Location: Virtual/London, SW1

17th December 2021 about a 5 minute read

Future Care Capital (FCC) is an independent charity shaping the future of health and social care.

FCC undertakes research to advocate new policy ideas and inject fresh thinking into the health and care agenda. Our aim is to stimulate a national debate and nurture collective intelligence or insight, in keeping with our mission and commitment to operate as an organisation that learns, thinks, and does.

Alongside our research, policy, and advocacy work, we invite partners to work with us to pilot new solutions and support innovative ventures while delivering our charitable mission. We also want to act as a specialist seed funder and invest our own resources through an Innovation Fund.

Reporting to the Head of Policy and Research, key responsibilities will include:


  • To support the Head of Policy and Research in keeping up with pertinent policy developments in health and care, particularly those pertaining to FCC’s core priorities of data, technology, innovation, and climate
  • To plan and lead the activities for a Community of Practice for social care analytics
  • To liaise with FCC associates and key partners on policy-related activities
  • To support our public affairs and communications team by providing background information for press releases, material for our website and contributing to blogs and updates


  • To undertake research project design and coordination activities, develop appropriate research instruments and deploy pertinent methods in the conduct of research for Future Care Capital
  • To work with contractors and support outsourced research work
  • To support business development activities and third-party associates of FCC with impact measurements and evaluation activities as required
  • To support the Head of Policy and Research to identify and pursue funding opportunities
  • To support external events, roundtables and other training and education activities


  • To work in line with the organisation’s strategy, vision, and values.
  • To promote and ensure compliance with the organisation’s policies, including Health and Safety, Environmental and Diversity Policies.
  • To work in a collaborative and entrepreneurial manner to support income generation.
  • To manage and undertake training / professional development as necessary.
  • To promote the use of technology, where appropriate, and be self-servicing.
  • To work as part of a team, supporting colleagues and communicating effectively.
  • To encourage and support innovation throughout the organisation.
  • To work in the most resource efficient and effective manner.
  • To act as an ambassador for the organisation.
  • Any other duties as may be required by the Head of Policy and Research.

Skills and competencies

Technical Competency (qualifications and training)

  • First or upper second-class degree or equivalent experience in a subject relevant to health and care (E)


  • Experience in a research, funding, or policy role relevant to health and/or care (E)
    • Experience in clinical or care delivery settings (D)
  • Experience of liaising with stakeholders from a range of backgrounds (E)
  • Demonstrable experience of research project design and coordination activities, development of appropriate research instruments and deployment of pertinent methods/techniques (E)
  • Experience of data management and analysis. (E)
  • Experience of establishing priorities and manage a complex workload to meet tight deadlines. (E)
  • Experience of working independently but seeking advice and working (D)
  • collaboratively with colleagues and others as required. (E)
  • Experience of leading/supporting impact measurement and/or evaluation exercises (D)
  • Experience writing grant applications and supporting bid development (D)
  • Good understanding of health and social care policy landscape (E)


  • Ability to quickly develop an understanding of current and emerging themes and to ensure that these are taken into consideration in our policy work. (E)
    • Ability to interpret and use data and appropriately communicate data insights (D)
  • Good communication skills both oral and written, organisational and interpersonal skills. (E)
  • Good project management skills; ability to co-ordinate complex and multiple projects (E)
  • Creative skills for contributing new and innovative ideas. (D)
  • Good ICT skills including Microsoft Office, Google suite, virtual and hybrid working, spreadsheet use and database management. (E)
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills. (E)

Personal Attributes

  • Proven ability to multi-task, manage multiple deadlines and be flexible in working style. (E)
  • Flexible, adaptable, and innovative. (D)
  • Entrepreneurial and a team player, always looking to improve ways of working. (E)
  • Able to act, speak and always write with neutral personal political views. (E)
  • Positive attitude to disability, health, and employment issues. (E)

To apply for this position, we would like to request the following:

  • A covering letter telling us why you would like to work with us, why you think you’re the ideal candidate for the position, and a challenge/ opportunity in health and care you would most like to positively impact.
  • Your CV.
  • A link or prior sample of your written work (up to 1,000 words).

To apply for this position please send your CV, cover letter and sample of your written work to:

If you are applying via a job platform website, please include your cover letter, and sample of written work and/or link, in your CV. Closing date is 5.00pm on Friday, 7 January 2022. Due to the volume of applications if you have not heard from us by 21 January 2022, please consider your application unsuccessful. Interviews will be conducted during January and February 2022. Start date will be dependent on notice period.