Senior Writer and Content Editor 

£42,738 (including inner London weighting of £4,110)



Ref: RCN00642

At the Royal College of Nursing we're an optimistic organisation. And we've got good reason to be. We all share the same voice when it comes to changing the shape of the health policies of the future. And as the largest trade union of nursing staff and students in the UK - with around 435,000 members - all we can see are the infinite possibilities for a brighter future. Join us and you will too. 

We're number 15 in The Sunday Times 100 Best Not for Profit Organisations to work for, with Two Star Best Companies Accreditation for 2017 and are accredited with Investors in People Gold Standard.

This is an exciting opportunity for a talented and creative writer, with both online and print experience, to produce lively and engaging content for the RCN's 435,000 members. 

You'll work as part of a small team that produces a range of printed and online magazines, including our flagship title RCN Bulletin. Some of our titles are aimed at all members, others are targeted at particular member groups such as nursing students and health care assistants.

You will need to be an accomplished and confident editor, capable of assuming responsibility, under your manager's direction, for the RCN's monthly magazine for active members, including our workplace trade union representatives. 

As well as having an eye for detail, page design and images, you will need to plan, source and commission articles, liaise with stakeholders at all levels of the organisation and beyond, and ensure messages produced in the RCN's name are clear and consistent. 

You will have excellent planning and organisational skills, and be able to determine priorities, but be flexible enough to change them when needed.

You will have a good nose for news, with the ability to write accurately and concisely about complex health and trade union issues. You will have to move quickly from, for example, a feature about safe nurse staffing levels to a news story about NHS pay. 

You'll have knowledge of using content management systems to upload online content and have an understanding of how social media can be used to engage audiences. 

Ideally, you will have experience of evaluating the effectiveness of communications channels, and come armed with thoughts on how to continually improve. Your energy and ideas will be crucial to the continued success of the team and you will play an important role in helping deliver the aim of being digital first.

What we offer you

We expect you to look after our members. And we expect you to be rewarded for it. As well as a whole range of learning and development opportunities we can also offer you an impressive range of benefits. We have a highly competitive pay structure, as well as flexible working, and annual leave of up to 32 days.

Balancing work and life commitments is important to us as an organisation. We are a diverse organisation and understand everyone has different needs. All employees can ask for flexible working and when personal circumstances change we will work with you to find a smarter working solution that suits everyone. In fact, many of our employees enjoy home working, flexible working or compressed hours, enabling them to deliver results with minimum impact to their professional and personal commitments. We also offer generous Maternity, Paternity and Adoption leave packages. 

To apply

To proceed with your application please click the "Apply Online" button below

For more information or for an informal discussion about the role please contact Kimberley Scott, Bulletin Editor on 02076473627. 

Closing Date: 12 February 2018

Assessment Centre: 21 February 2018

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