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Digital Learning Editor

£13,000 per year
Contract or temporary
Job description

Reports to: Chair of the Education Committee and Director of Marketing and Education
Department: Education
Salary range: On application
Location: Homebased 
Contract type: Half day a week (2PAs), fixed session in job plan, until September 2024


Job Purpose

The British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) is a UK wide membership organisation for health professionals in rheumatology. The BSR works to promote excellence in the care of people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal disorders and to support those delivering care at every step. The BSR works to ensure that clinicians, nurses and health professionals are educated and trained to provide high quality care. Our members look after every stage of life; children, adolescents and adults, across the whole patient pathway.

The Digital Learning Editor will work with the Digital Learning Board to expand and develop the BSR digital learning offer, making BSR’s digital learning the go-to place for online Rheumatology content.

The Digital Learning Editor position is not a paid employee of BSR, and is not paid via BSR's payroll as an honorarium is paid.


The Editor will identify and commission digital learning content for all members including trainees, consultants, nurses, allied health professional, psychologists, physician associates and pharmacists. This includes ensuring that a broad range of content is produced across a range of topics and formats including webinars, podcasts, eLearning cases and links to journal articles. An important aspect of the role will be collaboration with the BSR Journals Rheumatology and Rheumatology Advances in Practice.

The Editor will ensure the right editorial processes, tools and templates exist for the development of consistent, high quality digital learning. The Board will recruit suitable authors from UK academic rheumatology to create and review the content. The Editor will be responsible for ensuring that content is delivered on time and to a suitable standard, supported by the Board. They will also lead on setting regular review periods to ensure content remains current and accurate and respond to any recommendations from arising from evaluations of the digital learning.

In addition the Editor will provide advice and expertise to the BSR Education team on key BSR focus areas which have a digital learning element such as pre-course materials and digital induction recourses.

Website and promotion

The Editor will work with the BSR Education team to guide development of the digital learning platform including the user journey, content layout and editing the library. Alongside the Digital Learning Board and the BSR Education team they will also support promotional plans for digital learning. 


Main Responsibilities

The Digital Learning Editor will work with the Education Committee Chair and the Education Team at BSR to set strategic objectives for BSR’s digital learning offer. The main areas of responsibilities are to:

  •  Recruit and manage the Digital Learning Board to help deliver the BSR Digital Learning strategy
  • Create a curriculum-based digital learning resource for doctors
  • Create new content for BSR nurse and health professional members with support of selected health professionals
  • Create new content for paediatric members with support of paediatric rheumatologists and health professionals
  • Create blended learning opportunities on curriculum topics (to include podcasts, webinars, eLearning, links to journal articles, patient perspective)
  • Seek and develop opportunities to collaborate with other institutions and organisations, including the BSR journal, Rheumatology
  • Continuously review existing content to ensure it remains up to date and relevant
  • Ensure BSR has a cohort of authors and content creators with appropriate training to produce content in a timely and professional manner
  • Ensure editorial processes are of a high ethical standard
  • Act as an ambassador for BSR’s digital learning offer and actively encourage colleagues to engage with it.


Meeting attendance and external representation

  • Attend BSR Annual Conference, Case-based Conference and the Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology Conference 
  • Attend BSR Education Committee meetings and present a report at each (3x each year)
  • Chair the Digital Learning Board meetings (3x each year)
  • Attend other BSR meetings as requested by the Chair of the Education Committee   

Key working relationships

  • BSR Education Committee Chair
  • BSR Director of Marketing and Education
  • BSR Education team
  • Digital Learning Editorial Board
  • Editor-in-Chief, Rheumatology 
  • Programme Directors, Rheumatology MSc Courses

Ethical standards
The Editor is responsible for ensuring that BSR’s digital learning maintains the highest ethical and moral standard. The Editor must ensure that the site is not exposed to potential conflicts of interest.

Other information
The post holder will be expected to work one day a week Monday – Friday. 


Person Specification


  1.  Experience of developing digital learning content 
  2.  Experience of working with multidisciplinary teams 
  3.  Experience and understanding of digital learning technologies 
  4.  Experience of learning design methods and practices 
  5.  Experience of gathering and applying peer-reviewed scholarly research 

Skills & abilities

  • Knowledge of adult and paediatric rheumatology curriculum 
  • Excellent relationship management skills
  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • Management of conflicts of interest

Inclusion & diversity

BSR is committed to encouraging inclusion, equality and diversity among our workforce, and eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation by complying with the Equality Act 2010.
We want a working environment free of all of the above, where individual differences and the contributions of all staff are recognised and valued.

To do this, we will proactively tackle discrimination and disadvantage and ensure that no individual or group is directly or indirectly discriminated against for any reason.

The values which guide our approach are: 

  • Celebratory – we celebrate the achievements in rheumatology 
  • Inclusive – we support everyone in the rheumatology community  
  • Sustainable – we work to reduce the impact of our activities on the environment  
  • Leading – we use our profile to drive change and support those working in the specialty  
  • Collaborative – we always seek to work with others to have a greater impact  
Posted on: 21 November 2023
Closed date: 30 November 2023 at 16:58
Tags: Communications, PR, Digital