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The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) is the independent regulator of fertility treatment and embryo research. We license and inspect clinics and laboratories to ensure safe, effective services for everyone affected by fertility treatment. We hold the largest database of fertility treatments in the world.

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Communications Secondment opportunity

Job summary

The HFEA has a short-term opportunity for an experienced Communications Officer (EO/HEO) from another organisation to join our friendly Communications Team for up to two months this Spring.

This temporary role is an excellent opportunity to gain experience communicating in a regulatory environment on high-profile issues around fertility, and particularly as we are currently consulting on changes to the 30-year-old laws that govern fertility treatment and research in the UK. You’ll be comfortable engaging with senior colleagues as well as stakeholders and journalists on complex issues.

Main duties of the job

Handling enquiries from the media as well as members of the public, stakeholders and clinics, preparing briefings and support for senior managers ahead of events, organising and administering stakeholder meetings and events (in-person and hybrid). The role also includes working with the communications managers to produce content for channels such as the intranet, website and social media and helping with the proofing of publications, so you’ll need strong written and verbal communication skills and a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office. You’ll also take responsibility of the digital communications channels when necessary, including uploading content and monitoring social media channels.

About us

The HFEA is the UK's independent regulator overseeing safe and appropriate practice in fertility treatment and embryo research. We license and monitor clinics carrying out IVF, donor insemination, and human embryo research.

This post is offered as hybrid working. Our office is in Stratford, east London, in attractive new premises on the edge of the Olympic Park, alongside several other health Arms’ Length Bodies.

Please contact Angharad Thomas, Head of Communications for any questions or expression of interest in the role. Angharad can be contacted by email, or phone 020 7291 8241.

Regulatory Policy Manager

We are looking for a Regulatory Policy Manager to lead on regulatory areas of policy related work as required. As a key part of the HFEA Policy team the Regulatory Policy Manager will be required to act as the interface between the Policy and Compliance functions, managing updates to the guidance and legal requirements in the HFEA Code of Practice, the regulatory implications of changes following EU exit, and embedding the 2022 amendments to storage limits on eggs, sperm and embryos.

Interviews will take place on Thursday 27 April 2023.

A key part of this role is to ensure that the Code of Practice, consent forms and other regulatory tools are up to date and effective. The post holder will work closely with the Compliance department to gather feedback through inspection and stay up to date with guidance or legislative changes related to the sector.

Recent work undertaken within this role includes project managing the HFEA Code of Practice update project, managing the impact of EU exit and changes to the Northern Ireland Protocol on HFEA guidance and legislation, monitoring relevant changes to patient and/or donor screening requirements and embedding the 2022 amendments to gamete and embryo storage limits.

Closing date: Monday, 10th April 2023

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Review date: 20 March 2025