The Mental Elf is popular with a broad range of professions and it’s used most by nurses: results from our November poll


I had a fantastic response to the November poll, so a big thanks to everyone who took the time to tell me what professional group you belong to.

The Mental Elf is used most by mental health nurses who make up 21.9% of the total polled audience.  It’s also well used by patients (12.4%), students (10.4%), psychologists (8.4%), researchers, scientists and academics (6.5%), psychiatrists (4.5%) and social care professionals (4.5%).

Perhaps the most pleasing statistic to come out of the poll was that all categories got some kind of response, which really shows the broad appeal of the site across the 15 professional groups with an interest in mental health.  Mental health workers are the core audience as you would expect, but the site also gets used by GPs, carers, journalists, librarians and other health and social care professionals.

I’m taking a break from polls in December as me and my elfin chums will be having a well earned holiday at the North Pole for the festive period. I’ll be blogging throughout the festivities, so you won’t have to do without your daily updates.

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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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