We are looking for a data-minded digital communications all-rounder, who is as comfortable writing and editing punchy copy as they are working with tools and social media platforms such as Wordpress, Mailchimp, Twitter and LinkedIn to create web pages, design infographics, craft newsletters, blogs and postings and publish content. You will have a good eye for design, enabling you to create engaging and shareable graphics that build our brand and output these via our website and other social media channels. You will quickly develop an understanding for our audiences that will allow appropriate creation and curation of our different newsletters, furthering engagement. You will have good technical knowledge about digital communications and above all a flair and creativity for thinking about how digital tools can be used to promote our data-driven research and analysis. You will have great people skills, which will allow you to work constructively within our team to summarise key messages from our data work and translate these into the best digital outputs, as well as working with external partners on mutually beneficial communications work. You will be able to meet deadlines, work under pressure and juggle multiple priorities without compromising your keen attention to detail and high level of accuracy. Ideally, you will have come from the healthcare or pharmaceutical industries, or as an alternative from a highly-regulated sector where both data protection and delivery are critical.
Your most important attributes will be your readiness and ability to learn, your 'can do’ mindset coupled with a rigour of thinking and attention to details. Above all, you need to believe in our mission and want to join us to make a difference: our small team makes a big difference in IBD across the UK and this needs to be more than ‘just a job’ for you.
About the role
Our Digital Communications Officer role is a new position in the IBD Registry that reflects both our fast growth and increasing maturity. This is an exciting new role to plan, create and deliver through our many digital channels the compelling content that will engage our key stakeholders: clinical teams, patients and the public, and industry, plus the ongoing performance analysis that will drive improved engagement. This role is critically focused on our upcoming Reshaping the Registry campaign over the next 12 months but may continue into a longer term role after that period.
You will be part of a small and growing and highly collaborative team, reporting to and working closely with the Projects/Programme Manager, as well as with clinical and academic data specialists and our partner organisations, including Crohn’s & Colitis UK, the BSG and RCP and our current partnership with University Hospitals Cambridge for the £5M IBD Hub project for HDR UK.
There are approx. 500,000 people in the UK with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which can be debilitating and difficult to manage and is still not well understood. Our mission is to provide better understanding of IBD based on data, to improve care of and treatments for patients, better information for clinicians and other stakeholders, with the aim throughout of improving outcomes for patients.
We’re the largest repository of UK IBD data in the UK, but we’re also a young and dynamic not-for-profit company founded just two years ago from a long-running project within the BSG (British Society of Gastroenterology). We’re fast re-shaping the way we serve our clinical stakeholders and patients by harnessing the best of the technologies available to us collect data and deliver results, and we’ve doubled our size in just two years (and still growing). We are deeply involved in the fast-moving and exciting area of health data, and the technologies that underpin and transform that data. We’re a small and highly collaborative team, but we work with the biggest: with hospitals, doctors and nurses across the UK; with drug studies and pharmaceutical industry, with the NHS, with key Universities. Although now independent, we are owned and governed by the BSG, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and Crohn’s & Colitis UK; all of which give us further strong and close working relationships.
More information about our organisation can be found on our website
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