Policy Manager - Fixed Term (6 months)

£36,507 - £43,800
Closing date
23/10/2019, 23:55
Normal Office Hours
Full-Time - 37 Hours

The post holder will work in the Health and Wellbeing Team, Strategy and Stakeholder Engagement Directorate to lead on development of certain areas of strategy and policy and will ideally have experience of managing healthcare services in prisons. The post holder will provide support to the Head of Health Strategy and the Head of Health and Justice in leading on strategy and policy development and in compiling and developing critical documentation and other products relative to Health matters.

The post-holder will also provide support across Health and Wellbeing in organising and coordinating workflows and in representing the SPS at key stakeholder meetings.


To work in collaboration with Strategy & Stakeholder Engagement
Directorate, Operations Directorate, Governors, SPS and private prisons, NHS
Health Boards and partner organisations including Samaritans, NHS Health
Scotland and Scottish Government to deliver Directorate and Organisational

Work with the NHS as a key partner in meeting the desistance challenge,
alongside our NHS partners, to improve outcomes for people in the justice
system in Scotland and actively support the continued development of policy
work across a number of areas in respect of Health matters within the SPS.

Lead on work and represent the SPS in meeting with partners relative to
the development of the SPS Addiction strategy and Medicine Management.

Lead on strategy and policy work in connection with Health Protection
and Blood Borne Viruses.

Support the Head of the Health Strategy and Head of Health and Justice
in the preparation of papers and briefings in connection with the work of the
functional area.

Coordinate the workflows and resourcing of key areas of work including
briefing papers and represent the SPS at relevant stakeholder meetings.

Person Specification

SPS recruitment and selection practice is based on the fundamentals of our Behavioural Competency Framework. This identifies behaviours and standards required both of applicants seeking to join us, and our staff in their respective roles. Assessment of specific behaviours, of which there are twelve, will be determined by the role you are applying for. Whilst it is unlikely you will be assessed on all of them , you will be assessed on these identified as key to role.

Qualifications Requirements

Educated to a graduate level or relevant experience.


Experience of working as a Manager in delivery of health care services in prisons.


Experience Requirements

Competent in the use of Microsoft Office packages.


Experience of multidisciplinary and partnership working and resolving problems of a complex nature.


Excellent decision making skills with evidence of your ability to exercise a high level of initiative, judgement and discretion in deciding appropriate actions to be undertaken.


Knowledge Skills Requirements

Communications Skills

Evidence of your highly developed written and oral communication skills with an ability to engage and influence others at all organisational levels.


Assertive & Influential

Evidence of your ability to lead, influence and empower people, upholding standards to achieve outstanding results.


Building & Maintaining Relationships

Accomplished people management skills with the ability to build and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.


Team Working

Evidence of an ability to work with others in a team context, to value those of a range of opinions and beliefs.


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