Vacancy: Practice Policy Officer

24 May 2021

The NRCPD, founded in 2009, is a charity and the principal UK registration body and voluntary regulator of language service professionals working with d/Deaf and deafblind people in the UK. Our primary purpose is the protection of the public, especially d/Deaf and deafblind people, from poor professional practice and misconduct amongst registered professionals.

We also raise awareness of the issues facing d/Deaf and deafblind people and work to improve the provision of language service professionals across the UK, especially within public services.

The NRCPD is recruiting a Professional Practice Policy Officer to join our highly committed and successful team. This is an excellent opportunity for a high calibre individual to have a significant impact on the development of standards in the professions under our strategic aim of 'Developing the Professions'.

Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the role is the lead for developing and maintaining the NRCPD's suite of professional practice and ethical guidance for the professions. This is a new capability that NRCPD sees as essential for effective regulation, the future health of the professions, and for professional development as practice evolves. It is an important and influential role.

The role also plays a key part in working with the professional associations in coordinating appropriate input to national strategies across the UK and developing NRCPD policy as appropriate.

The role encompasses all aspects of professional practice, influencing national and organisational strategic direction and practice within research, awarding bodies, professional development and pre- and post- registration education and training.

The postholder must have the talent and temperament as a good coordinator, communicator and relationship builder to bring together the relevant input and materials from multiple stakeholders and sources.

Ideally, the successful candidate is currently NRCPD registered and has at least 3 years post-qualification practice, and also experience in a variety of public sector settings. Relevant experience of drafting practice guidance or advising on practice is highly desirable. If not an NRCPD professional, the postholder will have significant relevant experience of developing practice-related policy in another sector, or other substantial and relevant experience.

NRCPD-registered professionals on a practice break may apply provided 3 years registration was completed prior to the start of the break period.

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For a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Marcus Hawthorn, Executive Director, NRCPD via email at:

The role will be advertised through Indeed and a number of other channels but you do not need to use these to apply: CV and letter direct to the above address is fine.


  • Part-time: negotiable up to 30 hours per week
  • Home based/Durham: Home based with travel to Durham office weekly, and occasional national travel, when Covid restrictions allow. Office based terms available if preferred.
  • Salary £38k per annum (FTE, indicative based on experience).
  • Deadline for applications: 5pm Tuesday 22 June 2021

We are a committed equal opportunities recruiter and employer, and welcome applications from any suitable candidate irrespective of age, disability, hidden disability, race or national origin, religion or belief, gender, gender expression, political view, sexual orientation, medical condition, and pregnancy.

The successful candidate will be a passionate advocate for professional standards, the role of NRCPD and the issues facing d/Deaf* and deafblind people in the UK today.

Application is via CV and covering letter by 22 June to Selection is by interview on 12th or 13th July which will include a presentation, and a written assessment completed prior.

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