[Job] Cancer Research UK, Health Information Officer, ??29k, clos 19 August 2011 #scicomm jobs

Much as I love Cancer Research UK I’m not sure I can get behind this newfangled jobs website of theirs where you have to search for jobs and once you find them the individual jobs don’t have a readily discoverable URL (it’s not quite frames but the URL doesn’t change). I’m definitely a one-job one-URL sort of person. On the plus side, seemingly no job description to attach as they’ve done it all on the webpage, so swings and roundabounds 🙂

Through palaverous means which I shan’t bore you with I managed to secure the relevant address, which is installed in the usual place below.

OK I’ll bore you a bit – I emailed the job to a friend (me) and this finally yielded a workable link.

A fair few jobs from Cancer Research UK posted over the last couple of years can be found here.

I’m sure you’re already familiar with their rather excellent science blog.

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Cancer Research UK
Health Information Officer 
London-London – Angel Head Office-Islington 
Full Time 
??29,000 p.a. inclusive of location allowance
Closing Date – 19 Aug 2011 22:59:59  <– impressively precise eh!

Description

About the role
This is a great role for someone interested in cancer prevention and early diagnosis. Cancer Research UK???s Health Evidence and Information team works to encourage, enable and empower people to detect cancer earlier and make informed choices about reducing their cancer risk.

As a Health Information Officer, you will keep up-to-date with the published research on cancer risk, prevention, early detection and screening. You will use this knowledge to develop and disseminate evidence-based information for the public and key professionals, guide cancer awareness campaigns and develop novel ways of communicating our key messages.

About you
You will have excellent writing skills and experience communicating complex ideas to a non-scientific audience. Your strong interpersonal skills will help you to act as an ambassador for the team and support other teams who have a role in promoting health.
The successful candidate will have an understanding of, and interest in, the cancer field, be a strong team player and used to working under pressure. The ability to accurately interpret findings of scientific papers and qualitative research is crucial.

About Cancer Research UK
Cancer Research UK is the world’s largest charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. With a turnover of over ??420 million, financing the work of more than 4,800 researchers, doctors and nurses throughout the UK, our groundbreaking work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has saved millions of lives.

How to Apply
You can apply for a job by clicking on the Apply Online link at the bottom of each job posting. You need to create a profile before you can submit an application (see above [on the website, Jo]).

Some vacancies may require you to answer several additional questions before you can submit your application. You can edit and view a summary of your profile before sending the application.

Click on Submit at the bottom of the page to apply for the job. To view all your submissions click on the My Jobpage tab.

ROLE PROFILE
Job title: Health Information Officer
Responsible to: Health Information Manager
Location: London

Main purpose of job:
To develop and disseminate evidence-based information for the public and key professionals on cancer risk, prevention, early detection and screening and to support the organisation???s work towards the 2020 goals, the overarching health strategy and involvement in the National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative (NAEDI).

This includes turning peer-reviewed scientific findings into enabling health information for the public (print, online or via the press), working closely with other teams who have a role in promoting health, building relationships with stakeholders and communicating research funded by Cancer Research UK.

Key responsibilities
??? Become familiar with research (funded by Cancer Research UK and others) with relevance for cancer risk, prevention, early detection and screening. 
??? Stay up to date with published research on cancer risk, prevention, early detection and screening, and use this knowledge to guide health awareness campaigns and policy activities.
??? Support Health Information Managers in delivering key areas of the National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative
??? Act as an ambassador for the team and support other teams who have a role in promoting health.
??? Produce accurate information on cancer prevention and early detection for the public and key professionals, for a range of outputs including leaflets, newsletters, websites and brochures. 
??? Produce internal evidence reports on topics related to cancer risk, prevention, screening and early detection, as required. 
??? After appropriate training, act as a media spokesperson on cancer prevention and early detection topics.
??? Develop novel ways in which to use research to back up risk communications, early detection and healthy lifestyle messages.
??? Assist with the internal audit of leaflet production process for Department of Health Information Accreditation Scheme.
Knowledge and experience

Essential:
??? At least a first degree in a clinical, public health, health epidemiology/behaviour or biomedical subject.
??? Proven writing experience, possibly from working in the cancer information/science communication field. 
??? Understanding of, and interest in, the cancer field.
??? Strong team player used to working under pressure, often to tight deadlines.
Desirable:
??? Postgraduate qualification in relevant field.
??? Good understanding of the theory and practice of public health
??? Good knowledge and understanding of health policy and health services in the UK.
??? Understanding of health promotion principles.
??? Experience as a spokesperson or desire to learn.

Skills and competencies
??? Excellent interpers
onal and written skills.
??? Accurate interpretation of the findings of scientific papers and qualitative research.
??? Talent for explaining complex messages to a non-scientific audience.
??? Good grammar, clear writing style and attention to detail.
??? Ability to build effective working relationships with colleagues, research scientists, health professionals and other stakeholders in health.
??? Ability to use Microsoft Office programmes and Endnote, and to conduct online literature searches.
??? Ability to work as part of a team as well as on own initiative.
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