The British Heart Foundations (BHF) is the nation’s heart charity and the UK’s premier charitable funding body for cardiovascular research. With an active research portfolio totalling over £400m, the Research Communications Officer plays a vital role as the link between BHF-funded researchers and the public. You’ll play a key role in using the media and BHF’s own external communication channels to tell the story of how our research is saving and improving the lives of heart patients.
You’ll proactively seek out research stories and bring the science to life in ways that are relevant to the public and patients. Advising and assisting colleagues across the organisation, provides a first class research information service matched to fundraising or PR needs, and works directly with journalists to promote BHF research in local and national media.
Thriving in a fast-paced environment, you will be talented at translating medical research into great stories, and bringing these to life using BHF researchers and case studies.
Able to write and issue press releases to national and regional journalists, you’ll coordinate media interviews and write reactive statements to breaking news stories. Building relationships with key health and science journalists, as well as with BHF-funded researchers you’ll keep up to date with who and what we fund.
This varied role would suit an enthusiastic media professional with superb interpersonal and account management skills coupled with press office experience. You will also need to demonstrate an ability to write fluently and persuasively for a range of audiences.
The successful applicant will be able to juggle tasks and work under pressure to deliver a first class service.
When people affected by heart and circulatory diseases are in need, they turn to us. With our research we give people hope. With our expert advice and training, we give people knowledge and support. And with our campaigning we help build a healthier world for everyone.
The interview process will be held over MS Teams. Interviews are due to be held 23rd & 26th April.