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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Assembly Member IPPR Health and Care Workforce Assembly

IPPR is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. As an organisation engaging in critical debate about a wide range of progressive policy issues, we value the creativity and range of perspectives that a diverse team can provide.

The last year has been one of the most difficult ever for people working in health and care. Beyond the obvious physical health risks, the pandemic has impacted mental health and wellbeing. This came on the back of already difficult working conditions in the NHS. Record vacancies across almost every profession were leading to overwork, burn-out and mental ill health even before Covid-19 occurred.

At IPPR, we’re interested in how crises occur in the health and care workforce. Our analysis indicates workforce crisis are often cyclical – as with the economy, we go through periods of boom and periods of bust. This research project is about breaking that cycle. It is about identifying what might cause the ‘busts’ of the future, of the 2030s and 2040s, and designing policy to pre-empt that today.

As an assembly member, you will take on a critical advisory role within the project. You will work with us on defining the problems, testing solutions and securing impact for the work. You will not be expected to agree or sign-off on everything but will provide high quality insight and challenge rooted in your experiences of health and care so far, and your hopes for your future career.

This role is voluntary. However, to ensure this opportunity is open to as many people as possible, IPPR have made a £130 honorarium available to all participants attending the four sessions.

We are looking for a really diverse range of professionals. You absolutely do not need to be in the ‘right’ role to apply. In health, you might be working as a nurse, doctor, trainee or allied health professional. Equally, you might be in a relatively new NHS role – as a nursing associate, link worker, data scientist or clinical data manager. You might equally work in social care or public health, in a range of different roles.

We are also keen to engage experts by experience. If you are self-managing a condition or providing informal care for a loved one, friend or family member, we would very much like to hear from you.

The sessions will take place virtually. To help with planning around work, we have set the following dates in advance.

  • Session 1: 14.00 to 17:00, Thursday 17th June
  • Session 2: 09:00 to 12:00, Tuesday 20th July
  • Session 3: 14:00 to 17:00, Thursday 09th September
  • Session 4: 09:00 to 12:00, Thursday 07th October

Before you apply, click on the document to your left for the full role description and attributes we are looking for. To apply, please send a CV and 300-word expression of interest – detailing why you are interested in joining the assembly – to [email protected] quoting REF: Assembly Member.

Please state on your application which stream your role fits into. If you are not sure, just pick one that sounds applicable to you. 

Please also ensure to complete our anonymous diversity monitoring form here Diversity Form

Closing date for applications is Midnight Tuesday 27th April. We’ll contact shortlisted candidates for a short interview by zoom, before recruiting the final assembly in early May.