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Executive Officer

HSR UK – London, London, City of
Department HSR UK
Employment Type Permanent
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation c.£45,000

Job Description


HSR UK is a self-supporting membership organisation dedicated to the promotion of health services research in policy and practice. The collective voice of UK health services research, we connect researchers with health service leaders, managers, clinicians and patients to drive improvement and innovation in the NHS. HSR UK is a registered charity, with its administrative base at the offices of the Nuffield Trust in central London. 

Our main aims are to:

  • Convene and connect producers and users of health services research in the UK, and build links internationally, across Europe and globally
  • Support evidence-based policy and practice in the NHS, helping to mobilise health services research, build capacity and make an impact
  • Influence policy leaders and funders to improve the profile and landscape of health services research, enabling it to thrive and develop

The Executive Officer is, at present, the only full-time employed person working for HSR UK.  They work closely with the Chair of the HSR UK Board and with other Board members and with the wider membership of HSR UK to support and develop our activities including meetings, conferences, networks, reports, projects, consultations etc.  They also provide, or source, administrative and financial support for the HSR UK Board and the organisation, which is a registered charity. This includes maintaining accounts, dealing with income and expenditure, keeping records and producing the annual HSR UK report and accounts for the Charity Commission and other stakeholders.

Key duties

  • Engaging with members of HSR UK – both organisations and individuals – and building and sustaining positive membership relationships and networks.
  • Producing and updating our strategy and annual plan in collaboration with the board, setting out our planned activities and budget for the year, overseeing its implementation and monitoring and reporting on progress to the board.
  • Liaising with a wide range of external stakeholders including the Department of Health and Social Care, the National Institute for Health Research, national NHS and other bodies, research funders, universities and others.
  • Organising meetings, seminars and conferences for a wide range of purposes, and coordinating the delivery of large meetings with our events company, particularly our annual research conference.
  • Writing reports and other publications for a wide variety of purposes/audiences and making oral presentations with confidence and professionalism to academic, government, and other audiences.
  • Using social media to promote the work of HSR UK and to support and interact with our members, including our: website; email newsletters; blogs; tweets; Facebook posts; and other forms of interaction.
  • Supporting our board meetings including: preparing agendas; papers; reports and other papers; producing minutes and maintaining other records; and monitoring/following up on actions.
  • Maintaining financial records including: placing orders; processing claims/invoices for payment and issuing invoices/receiving payments; and working with our accountant to reconcile bank and financial records and to produce regular management accounts and our annual report and accounts.
  • Managing projects, working with board members and others to plan and deliver research and other projects successfully, including: undertaking project work such as literature reviews; data analysis; and report writing. 

Person Specification

Essential skills

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to write for a wide variety of audiences and to produce reports, blogs, papers and other content.
  • Great interpersonal skills, used in working with board members, HSR UK members, and senior staff in other organisations and stakeholders to build and maintain excellent working relationships.
  • IT literate, with good skills in using MS Excel and other software packages for administration/presentation/analysis, website content, social media work, etc.
  • High self-motivation, and the ability to work without supervision and to use great judgement and discretion in making decisions and knowing when to seek advice or more senior involvement.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, and to prioritise work tasks to maximise efficient and effective delivery, with good humour and friendliness while getting things done.
  • Interested in, and committed to, the mission and values of HSR UK, and more broadly to the development of health services research in the UK and internationally.
  • Qualified to degree level, preferably with a postgraduate degree in an area relevant to health services research.
  • An understanding of, and interest in, the health and social care sectors in the UK.

Desirable skills 

  • Experience of, and involvement in, health services research/evaluation, potentially including qualitative or quantitative research skills, data analysis, and reporting/writing for publication.
  • Experience of charity administration, including maintaining accounts and reporting requirements.
  • Experience of working in a membership organisation or professional association/body. 
  • Knowledge and experience of the health research system in the UK, probably acquired through previously working in research related roles in a university, NHS organisation, charity or other related stakeholder. 

All staff are required to work within HSR UK policies, ensuring these are carried out in relation to the job, e.g., Confidentiality, Data Protection, Equal Opportunities and Diversity.

All staff may be asked to undertake other duties and responsibilities appropriate to their level as determined by their Line Manager on an occasional basis.

This Job Description reflects the requirements of the post at the time of writing. The needs and circumstances may change over time and therefore the Job Description may need to be reviewed in the light of any such changes which may occur.

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