Research Director (Online Health Information)

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Organisation: Health Action Campaign

Location Westminster, London (Central), W1G 0AN
Where the role is based Mainly at home
Travel limit Within Greater London
Opportunity type Ongoing role
Reference number J56072

Opportunity description

There's a lot of unreliable health information online. That's why your role will be important - helping ensure the health information we provide is properly researched.

The role

1. Review the health articles on www.agewatch.org.uk and identify where new topics need researching and existing topics are due for review and updating.

2. Arrange for volunteer researchers to undertake the research needed, where appropriate helping interview, mentor and guide them.

3. Ensure the health information the researchers provide is based on accurate, up to date evidence; is understandable; and can help people improve their chances of living longer, healthier lives.

Required skills

  • General management
  • Project management
  • Volunteer management
  • Research

Person description

  • Proven research skills (at least three years professional experience)
  • Project and/or team management experience and skills
  • Knowledge of and interest in one or more of the health areas we cover
  • A commitment to preventative health
  • Strong written and communication skills
  • Able and willing to respond constructively to feedback
  • A graduate

What impact the opportunity will have

There's a lot of unreliable health information online - due to:

  • misleading press releases
  • journalists with limited scientific knowledge
  • newspapers keen to boost circulation through dramatic headlines
  • sponsorship of research by food, drink and tobacco companies
  • alternative health providers eager to sell products and services

And research findings seem to keep changing – for instance is fat a major health risk? 

Yet we all know that prevention is better than cure. So accurate, credible health information is vital.

That's why your role will be important - helping ensure we research and provide health information which is clear, accurate, balanced, evidence-based and up-to-date.

What’s in it for the volunteer?

1. An intellectual challenge - identifying which health research findings are reliable and which aren't and how best to communicate them.

2. A chance to make a real contribution to public health in the UK.

3. To be part of a team which is working to improve people's health at three levels:

  • By providing evidence based health information, so people can make healthier choices in their daily lives.
  • By researching health behaviour change and applying our findings - to make it easier for people to act on what they know
  • By campaigning to make healthy choices the easier choices for  people

 

Time commitment

Either in or out of office hours

4 - 8 hours per week, at times and places convenient for you.

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