The Mental Elf is hiring! National Elf Service Job Advert


We’re hiring!

The National Elf Service needs 3 part-time Project Coordinators to join our team and support us in the writing, editing and disseminating of Mental Elf blogs.

This opportunity will suit a PhD student working in a mental health setting.

Salary: £240 per day, 1 day per week (flexible)

Start date: ASAP

Location: Remote-working

Application deadline: 5pm on 13th September 2019

Introduction to the Mental Elf and the National Elf Service

The National Elf Service is a health blogging platform that summarises recent reliable research for professionals and patients who want to keep up to date with the latest evidence. The website has a big international audience and a large following on social media.

The most popular elf in the service is The Mental Elf, which features 3-5 new blogs each week and facilitates a significant amount of discussion on social media. The Mental Elf provides digital services to a wide variety of clients (universities, NHS, charities, professional membership organisations). These services include the #BeyondTheRoom live tweeting service, and a variety of podcast and video production work.

Job specification

Our Project Coordinators will have:

  • An understanding of the importance and processes of evidence-based health care
  • Enthusiasm for discussing health research online with patients, the public and other professionals

Role and responsibilities

  1. Editing and publishing Mental Elf blogs
  2. Managing the production of Mental Elf blogs (finding papers, assigning papers to bloggers, managing deadlines)
  3. Scheduling social media posts
  4. Planning #BeyondTheRoom live tweeting at mental health events
  5. Recording and editing audio and video content

Key requirements (qualifications and skills)

  • Excellent science writing and editing skills
  • Excellent skills in critically appraising health research
  • Strong social media skills (especially Twitter)
  • Strong communication skills, team-working, self-directed
  • Master’s Degree (or equivalent) in mental health or related subject
  • Public engagement skills (ability to communicate mental health research in a clear and accessible way to the general public)
  • Digital skills (e.g. blogging, social media, podcast/video production)
  • Experience with the following would be useful, but are not essential: WordPress, Basecamp, Buffer, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Zoom or audio/video editing software.

Apply now!

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Andre Tomlin

André Tomlin is an Information Scientist with 20 years experience working in evidence-based healthcare. He's worked in the NHS, for Oxford University and since 2002 as Managing Director of Minervation Ltd, a consultancy company who do clever digital stuff for charities, universities and the public sector. Most recently André has been the driving force behind the Mental Elf and the National Elf Service; an innovative digital platform that helps professionals keep up to date with simple, clear and engaging summaries of evidence-based research. André is a Trustee at the Centre for Mental Health and an Honorary Research Fellow at University College London Division of Psychiatry. He lives in Bristol, surrounded by dogs, elflings and lots of woodland!

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