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Cochrane seeks Membership CRM Manager

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 17:21

Specifications: Full Time
Salary: Up to £40,000 DOE
Location: London
Application Closing Date: 16th March 2018

This role is an exciting opportunity to use your experience in Membership CRM Management to make a difference in the field of health care research. 

In 2017 Cochrane launched a new contribution-based membership scheme underpinned by the deployment of a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system (SugarCRM). This is a significant step forward in developing our engagement strategy with current and potential contributors through which we hope to provide a great experience for everyone involved in Cochrane.

As part of the new Membership, Learning and Support Services team within Cochrane’s Central Executive, the Membership CRM Manager will be responsible with the Head of Department for management and development of Cochrane’s membership scheme; and use her/his expertise in SugarCRM to continuously improve our member experience and develop the role of the CRM in providing insights for organisational decision-making.  The post holder will also manage Cochrane’s Learning Record Store system.

We are looking for a self-motivated and highly organised individual who is able to work effectively and collaboratively with a diverse range of contacts across the world.  The successful candidate will also have:

  • Extensive knowledge of CRM, including experience of using SugarCRM, preferably in a membership setting.
  • Experience of managing a membership scheme.
  • Experience in advanced CRM system administration skills and experience of developing CRM reporting to meet business needs.
  • Experience with software and systems related to customer service (e.g., Jira, Fogbugz); email marketing (e.g., Mailchimp); website content management systems (e.g., Drupal).
  • Knowledge of data protection requirements related to a CRM system; in particular, how that affects communications.
  • Experience in providing excellent customer service, training and support to others, including good attention to detail to ensure that users are always receiving accurate information.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both verbal and written), including experience in communicating technical content, and working with people from a variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds and being able to tailor communications accordingly.
  • Project management skills and experience of managing external suppliers.
  • Ability to solve creatively problems based on prior experience and knowledge of the systems and products.
  • Self-motivated and results-oriented, with excellent organisation and time management skills, including the ability to work to deadlines under limited supervision.
  • Familiarity with and commitment to Cochrane’s mission and values.

Cochrane is a global, independent network of health practitioners, researchers, patient advocates and others, responding to the challenge of making vast amounts of research evidence useful for informing decisions about health. We do this by synthesizing research findings to produce the best available evidence on what can work, what might harm and where more research is needed. Our work is recognised as the international gold standard for high quality, trusted information.

This role would ideally be located in our Cochrane Central Executive Team office in London, UK; however a flexible location would be possible for the right candidate.

If you would like to apply for this position, please send a CV along with a supporting statement to recruitment@cochrane.org with “Membership CRM Manager” in the subject line.  The supporting statement should indicate why you are applying for the post, and how far you meet the requirements for the post outlined in the job description using specific examples.  List your experience, achievements, knowledge, personal qualities, and skills which you feel are relevant to the post.

For further information, please download the full job description.

Deadline for applications: 16th March 2018(12 midnight GMT)

Interviews to be held on: w/c 26th March 2018

Friday, February 23, 2018 Category: Jobs

NHS seeks Clinical Research Fellow in Anaesthetics or Cardiology - Oxford, UK

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 05:16

Job Reference: 918-RX2446

Employer: NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)

Department:  Clinical Directorate

Location:   Oxford

Salary: £30,605 to £48,123 pa

Applications are invited for the post of Clinical Research Fellow in Cardiology or Anaesthetics. This post is funded by NHSBT, and will be based in the Oxford Blood Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. It is a fixed term post for 2 years or 3 years part time.

This post will see you work alongside teams carrying out a programme of clinical research to assess alternatives and adjuncts to transfusion to prevent and treat bleeding in people who are at risk of serious or life-threatening bleeding.

This work will build on the work of an established research group, who plan to perform four complex (network meta-analysis) systematic reviews on use of alternatives to transfusion in cardiac, vascular, and orthopaedic surgery, and trauma.

You will co-ordinate half of the project (research on cardiac and vascular surgery) under the direct supervision of Dr Lise Estcourt and Ms Susan Brunskill as well as support from other clinicians, scientists and managers within NHSBT. Support for conducting systematic reviews, national and local audits of practice and laboratory work will be provided by NHSBT clinical and laboratory research groups.

Along with demonstration of skills and knowledge appropriate to the level of training in haematology, it is vital you have an interest in clinical research and effective health care. You should have the ability to lead a multi-disciplinary team. Additional essential expertise expected will include organisational ability, computer literacy and fluent writing skills.

Training in clinical research and systematic review methodology will be provided. It is expected that you will register and submit this work for a higher degree.

The post would suit an established Specialist Trainee in Cardiology or Anaesthetics looking to undertake clinical research. The post requires a high calibre individual, motivated to succeed and the necessary inter-personal skills to manage a large collaborative, cross-disciplinary national project. A demonstrable interest in clinical research and an ability to work within a team are essential. It is expected that the output of this work would lead to high impact publications, national and international oral presentations and the necessary skills to develop a careers as a clinical researcher. Salary according to qualifications and experience based on the NHSBT Clinical Research Fellow local payscale.

Informal Enquiries about this post are encouraged and should be directed to Dr Lise Estcourt (lise.estcourt@nhsbt.nhs.uk).

Closing Date: 07/03/2018. Interviews will be held in late March.

 

Applications should be made through www.jobs.nhs.uk, using job reference Job Reference: 918-RX2446

 

Friday, February 23, 2018 Category: Jobs

NHS seeks Clinical Research Fellow in Anaesthetics or Orthopaedics - Oxford, UK

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 05:08
NHS seeks Clinical Research Fellow in Anaesthetics or Orthopaedics
Job Reference: 918-RX2435

Employer: NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT)

Department:  Clinical Directorate

Location:   Oxford

Salary: £30,605 to £48,123 pa

Applications are invited for the post of Clinical Research Fellow in Orthopaedics or Anaesthetics. This post is funded by NHSBT, and will be based in the Oxford Blood Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. It is a fixed term post for 2 years full-time or 3 years part-time.

This post will see you work alongside teams carrying out a programme of clinical research to assess alternatives and adjuncts to transfusion to prevent and treat bleeding in people who are at risk of serious or life-threatening bleeding.

This work will build on the work of an established research group, who plan to perform four complex (network meta-analysis) systematic reviews on use of alternatives to transfusion in cardiac, vascular, and orthopaedic surgery, and trauma.

You will co-ordinate half of the project (research on trauma and orthopaedic surgery) under the direct supervision of Dr Lise Estcourt and Ms Susan Brunskill[WJ1] as well as support from other clinicians, scientists and managers within NHSBT. Support for conducting systematic reviews, national and local audits of practice and laboratory work will be provided by NHSBT clinical and laboratory research groups.

Along with demonstration of skills and knowledge appropriate to the level of training in haematology, it is vital you have an interest in clinical research and effective health care. You should have the ability to lead a multi-disciplinary team. Additional essential expertise expected will include organisational ability, computer literacy and fluent writing skills.

Training in clinical research and systematic review methodology will be provided. It is expected that you will register and submit this work for a higher degree.

The post would suit an established Specialist Trainee in Cardiology or Anaesthetics looking to undertake clinical research. The post requires a high calibre individual, motivated to succeed and the necessary inter-personal skills to manage a large collaborative, cross-disciplinary national project. A demonstrable interest in clinical research and an ability to work within a team are essential. It is expected that the output of this work would lead to high impact publications, national and international oral presentations and the necessary skills to develop a careers as a clinical researcher. Salary according to qualifications and experience based on the NHSBT Clinical Research Fellows local payscale

Informal Enquiries about this post are encouraged and should be directed to Dr Lise Estcourt (lise.estcourt@nhsbt.nhs.uk).

Closing Date:

07/03/2018

Interviews will be held late March

Applications should be made through www.jobs.nhs.uk, using job reference Job reference 918-RX2435

Friday, February 23, 2018 Category: Jobs

Closure of the US Cochrane Center at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:51

The US Cochrane Center, based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, has closed. Director Professor Kay Dickersin, and Associate Directors Tianjing Li and Roberta Scherer have stepped down from their positions, but will continue to work with Cochrane in other capacities. Cochrane’s Governing Board Co-Chairs Martin Burton and Cindy Farquhar thanked them for their commitment to Cochrane’s work over many years: “Professor Kay Dickersin has led the US Cochrane Center since it was founded, and has been at the heart of Cochrane’s work in the United States for over 20 years,” Cindy said. “On behalf of the entire Cochrane community, including the many people she has so generously and graciously supported as Director of the Center, we would like to thank her and all of her team at the Johns Hopkins School.” In their letter to the Governing Board and the Centre Directors’ Executive, Professor Dickersin, Dr Li and Dr Scherer wrote: “Over the years, we have thoroughly enjoyed working with you, other Centre Directors, and our colleagues at US Cochrane West and Cochrane Caribbean. We wish you all the best and lots of success in growing Cochrane.”

Cochrane plans to establish a new US Network and will issue an invitation soon for expressions of interest from institutions and organizations in the United States to join the Network and host a new Cochrane US Center, which will manage the Network including the two existing US Associate Centers: Cochrane US West, which opened in 2015 based at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon; and Cochrane Caribbean, launched in June 2013 at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Cochrane Evidence used in new WHO guideline on intrapartum care for a positive birth experience

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 16:47

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued new recommendations to establish global care standards for healthy pregnant women and reduce unnecessary medical interventions.

Worldwide, an estimated 140 million births take place every year. Most of these occur without complications for women and their babies. Yet, over the past 20 years, practitioners have increased the use of interventions that were previously only used to avoid risks or treat complications, such as oxytocin infusion to speed up labour or caesarean sections.

“We want women to give birth in a safe environment with skilled birth attendants in well-equipped facilities. However, the increasing medicalization of normal childbirth processes are undermining a woman’s own capability to give birth and negatively impacting her birth experience,” says Dr Princess Nothemba Simelela, WHO Assistant Director-General for Family, Women, Children and Adolescents. “If labour is progressing normally, and the woman and her baby are in good condition, they do not need to receive additional interventions to accelerate labour,” she says.

The new WHO guideline includes evidence from 17 Cochrane Reviews and has 56 evidence-based recommendations on what care is needed throughout labour and immediately after for the woman and her baby. These include having a companion of choice during labour and childbirth; ensuring respectful care and good communication between women and health providers; maintaining privacy and confidentiality; and allowing women to make decisions about their pain management, labour and birth positions and natural urge to push, among others.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Early registration now open for Cochrane Colloquium Edinburgh

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 15:29
Registration has now opened for the 25th annual Cochrane Colloquium. Register before the 15 June 2018 to get the reduced early bird rate!

The Cochrane Colloquium is an annual event, bringing people together from around the world to discuss research into important global health questions and promote evidence-informed health care. 

The Colloquium will be held at the International Convention Centre in Edinburgh from 16-18 September 2018 and is expected to attract up to 1200 delegates.

The Colloquium will be a ‘Patients Included’ event; co-designed, co-produced and co-presented with patients and other healthcare consumers. The theme is ‘Cochrane for all - better evidence for better health decisions’, focusing on:

  • Producing evidence
  • Making evidence accessible
  • Advocating for evidence
Register today:

Further information: Monday, February 19, 2018

New learning opportunities in evidence-based health care for medical students in Sweden

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 21:06

Cochrane Sweden is delighted to announce the official launch of a new online learning course specifically designed to support medical students training in evidence-based health care at Lund University.

Cochrane Interactive Learning (CIL) consists of a self-directed e-learning package which takes students through the processes involved in completing a systematic review, including framing a question; searching for relevant studies; assessing risk of bias; undertaking meta-analysis; implementing GRADE processes; and other key processes to support students understanding the complete systematic review process.

CIL’s online modules have been developed by world-leading experts in systematic review methods. The course is designed to promote evidence-based decision making in health care globally by supporting and training authors of Cochrane Reviews and other systematic reviews of healthcare interventions.

New learners of this online course will have the chance to embark on modular, interactive training on how to produce systematic reviews, and experienced authors can refresh their skills with the latest guidance and best practice.

At Lund University, the nine modules will be harmonized with educational goals set for the clinical stage at the Medical Degree Programme. In February 2018, Professor Martin Garwicz, who coordinates students’ training towards Scientific Scholarship at the Medical Degree Programme, introduced CIL to medical students beginning the sixth academic term. The Medical Faculty Library has contributed significantly to this project, with Maria Björklund promoting awareness and implementation of Cochrane resources.

Matteo Bruschettini, Director of Cochrane Sweden, says this is an inspiring opportunity: “I’m looking forward to listening to students’ feedback on CIL; this is really a top-quality educational resource! Everyone connected to Lund University, a huge audience including different academic levels, now has access to CIL. We aim to offer the same opportunities in the rest of the country.”

The initiative is co-financed by the Medical Degree Programme and the Medical Faculty Library. In addition, Professor Stefan Hansson, former Vice Dean for research education at Lund University, contributed with a successful grant application.

Chris Champion, Cochrane’s Head of Membership, Learning and Support Services, said, “We’re delighted by the news that Lund University is integrating CIL into their Medical Degree Programme curriculum. In developing CIL, Cochrane’s aim is to make Cochrane training resources available to anyone who is interested in developing their understanding of recognized and rigorous methods to assess evidence and make evidence-informed decisions, and this is an excellent opportunity to bring this information to a key group of stakeholders.”

To find out more:
Interactive Learning website
E: interactivelearning@cochrane.org
Cochrane Sweden website in English and in Swedish

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For further information, please contact:
Matteo Bruschettini
Director of Cochrane Sweden
M +46(0) 72 595 1356
E matteo.bruschettini@med.lu.se

Jo Anthony
Senior Media and Communications Manager, Cochrane
M +44(0) 7582 726 634
janthony@cochrane.org or pressoffice@cochrane.org

If you are a journalist or member of the press and wish to receive news alerts before their online publication or if you wish to arrange an interview with an author, please contact the Cochrane press office: pressoffice@cochrane.org

Monday, February 12, 2018

Cochrane seeks Knowledge Translation Project Manager - Flexible location

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 14:35

Specifications: Full Time
Salary:  Competitive
Location: Flexible
Application Closing Date: 5 March 2018

Cochrane is a global independent network of health practitioners, researchers, patient advocates and others, responding to the challenge of making the vast amounts of evidence generated through research useful for informing decisions about health. We do this by identifying, appraising and synthesizing individual research findings to produce the best available evidence on what can work, what might harm and where more research is needed.

Our work is recognized as the international gold standard for high quality, trusted information. We want to be the leading advocate for evidence-informed health care across the world.

This new role, as part of Cochrane’s Knowledge Translation (KT) department, will be responsible for the co-ordination and project management of Cochrane’s KT activities; to develop and support the implementation of Cochrane’s KT strategy involving multiple projects and groups across the organization globally.

Key Tasks:
  • To co-ordinate the implementation of Cochrane’s Knowledge Translation work, including co-ordination of the KT Community working group project plans. Ensuring the work groups meet their project deadlines, you will be responsible for developing and managing workflows and ensuring that the wider Cochrane community is regularly updated.
  • Working with all members of our KT Department to ensure smooth day-to-day running of our KT operational systems and processes.
  • To contribute to the Knowledge Translation Framework to ensure it meets the aims and operational activities of the organization.
  • To work alongside Cochrane’s Central Executive Team and community Groups worldwide to assist them in building their KT activities and dissemination strategies.
  • To work with our multi-lingual teams to assist them in building their KT activities and dissemination strategies.
  • To work with Cochrane Groups within our community of contributors to train and support them in their content and dissemination activities to meet the needs of their stakeholders. This would include understanding their local contexts, target audiences and providing reliable, useable resources to embed KT practices and processes.

If you would like to apply for this position, please send a CV along with a supporting statement with “Knowledge Translation Project Manager” in the subject line to recuitment@cochrane.org.  The supporting statement should indicate why you are applying for the post, and how far you meet the requirements for the post outlined in the job description using specific examples.  List your experience, achievements, knowledge, personal qualities and skills which you feel are relevant to the post. Please apply before 5 March, 2018.

 For further information, please see the full job description.

Deadline for applications: 5 March 2018 (12 midnight GMT)
Interviews to be held on:
(TBC)

Monday, February 12, 2018 Category: Jobs

Cochrane Sweden seeks Fellow - Lund, Sweden

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 19:22

Job title: Cochrane Sweden Fellow
Specifications:
Part Time (0.5 FTE)
Reports to:
director of Cochrane Sweden
Location:
Lund, Sweden
Application Closing Date: 28th February 2018

Purpose of the job: As member of the Cochrane Sweden team, the Fellow works closely with the director of the centre to support activities. A key function will be to provide support in training and education events.

Background: Cochrane Sweden was launched in May 2017 with the support and guidance of the Nordic Cochrane Centre. It is funded by Skåne University Hospital (mainly thanks to prof. Ingemar Petersson), Region Skåne and Lund University. Cochrane Sweden's staff includes the director of the centre (0.5 FTE) and an administrative assistant (0.5 FTE). In its first months, Cochrane Sweden established a wide national network, took active part in numerous meetings and conferences, and established fruitful collaborations with regional and national institutions. A one-day workshop was held in September 2017, and more events are planned.

In addition, an application submitted by the director of Cochrane Sweden has been funded (50.000 SEK) to organize two one-week courses for PhD students and post-docs. Since February 2018, medical students at Lund University have used Cochrane Interactive Learning as part of their training and evaluation process. This will be complemented with traditional teaching including the involvement of the Cochrane Sweden team.

Job specification: The main task is to take part in the management of courses and workshops, e.g. planning, promoting and teaching at these events. Therefore the person is required to work at the Cochrane Sweden centre in Lund and to travel to different regions of Sweden (remote work is possible to some extent). The position is a part time position, preferably to be combined with a current employment within health care or universities. The person will contribute to further development of the partnership between Cochrane Sweden and relevant institutions, including universities, hospitals, and national agencies and to promote the implementation and development of Cochrane resources and tools in Sweden.

Relevant, additional aspects and tasks include:

  • To commit to Cochrane's mission and values
  • To keep up-to-date with Cochrane methodological developments and initiatives that affect the process of systematic review preparation and implementation
  • To contribute to the writing of grant applications and funding proposals
  • To commit to the relevant sections of the centre's newsletters, website and social media

Person specification

  • Experience in the process of preparing a systematic review
  • Interpersonal skills with the ability to build good working relationships
  • Ability to think creatively when faced with new problems
  • Fluency in English and Swedish

Please note that this position requires national and international travel.

Please contact Matteo Bruschettini, Director of Cochrane Sweden, if you need more information.

To apply, please send your application and a short Curriculum Vitae - max 3 pages, to matteo.bruschettini@med.lu.se and to kerstin.tollstam@skane.se.

The closing date for applications is 28th February 2018.

Thursday, February 8, 2018 Category: Jobs

New National License Agreement Provides Brazil with Unlimited Access to the Cochrane Library

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 20:15

John Wiley and Sons Inc. (NYSE:JW-A) (NYSE:JW-B), today announced a new license agreement with the country of Brazil that provides unlimited access to the Cochrane Library. From academics to clinicians to patients, the two-year agreement provides one-click access to 7,000 published systematic reviews in healthcare interventions to more than 207 million Brazilians.

The access was possible due to the contract signed by the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES in Portuguese) and Wiley. CAPES offers a tool for accessing and sharing scientific information called the Portal de Periódicos—a virtual library where the Cochrane Library is available.

Geraldo Nunes Sobrinho, Director of Programs and Scholarships for CAPES welcomed the move: “The national license in Brazil will enhance the quality of evidence used in healthcare interventions country-wide. By investing in the Cochrane Library for our country, we are considering future health of our population and ensuring the best evidence is available to all.”

Editor-in-Chief of the Cochrane Library, Dr. David Tovey said of the agreement, “We are delighted that citizens of Brazil now have unlimited access to the Cochrane Library to help inform their health decisions.”   

Cochrane is a global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, careers, and people interested in health. The organization gathers and summarizes the best evidence from research to help make informed choices about treatment. More than 37,000 Cochrane contributors from over 130 countries work together to produce credible, accessible health information that is free from commercial sponsorship and other conflicts of interest. There are 52 review groups covering a variety of health topics from Infectious Disease to Oral Health to Pregnancy and Childbirth. 

Deborah Pentesco-Murphy, Editorial Director, Cochrane at John Wiley & Sons said, “This national license for Brazil is a great opportunity to secure the highest quality healthcare decisions are made based on top evidence. The Cochrane Library covers everyone from the researcher to the general practitioner to the patient. It is of great importance that we can now provide access, country-wide, to the gold-standard healthcare interventions through the Cochrane Library.”

Additional Information

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Cochrane produces reviews which study all of the best available evidence generated through research and make it easier to inform decisions about health. These are called systematic reviews.
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About CAPES and Portal de Periódicos
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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

New on the Cochrane Library: Best of 2017 Special Collection

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 22:03

What were the most popular Cochrane Reviews of 2017? Find out in a Special Collection, now available on the Cochrane Library, which showcases some of the best work from Cochrane contributors worldwide. All of the included reviews are freely available via the Cochrane Library website.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Cochrane seeks Head of Knowledge Translation

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 01:16

Specifications:                               Full Time
Salary:                                                 Competitive
Location:                                           London
Application Closing Date:
       18 February 2018

This role is an exciting opportunity to join Cochrane’s Senior Management Team as Head of our Knowledge Translation Department to make a difference in the field of health care decision-making worldwide. 

Cochrane is a global, independent network of health practitioners, researchers, patient advocates, and others, responding to the challenge of making vast amounts of research evidence useful for informing decisions about health. We do this by synthesizing research findings to produce the best available evidence on what can work, what might harm, and where more research is needed. Our work is recognized as the international gold standard for high-quality, trusted information.

This is a newly-created post offering the opportunity to lead Cochrane’s organizational implementation of its new Knowledge Translation (KT) Framework and Strategy, which seeks to maximize the dissemination, use, and impact of Cochrane evidence.  The Head of Knowledge Translation will manage the Central Executive Team’s own KT work, including the production of KT outputs (external and internal communications, dissemination, media outreach, multi-lingual strategies, brand marketing, and events); and facilitate and support the development of KT partnerships, ensuring that they are provided in an effective and efficient manner to support Cochrane’s strategic aims and operational activities. 

We are looking for a self-motivated and highly organized individual able to work effectively and collaboratively with a diverse range of contacts across the world. The successful candidate will also have:

  • Significant leadership experience of working within a senior management team and in a similar role.
  • An excellent understanding of Knowledge Translation approaches and methodology, particularly in relation to health/policy/science.
  • An excellent understanding of communications and external affairs, particularly in relation to health/policy/science.
  • Demonstrable experience of leadership and vision in designing, leading, and managing major knowledge management, communications, or external relations projects or initiatives, including online.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills (both verbal and written), and a collaborative management style.
  • Demonstrable experience of change management, project management, and performance management, preferably with geographically-dispersed and multi-functional teams.
  • Experience working with international cross-cultural teams and in languages other than English.
  • Experience in developing communication and branding strategies and implementing them.
  • Self-motivated and results-oriented, with excellent organization and time management skills, including the ability to work to deadlines and flexible hours as needed.
  • Ability to travel internationally (approximately 3-4 times per year).

The majority of Cochrane Central Executive staff are located in London, UK; however, a flexible location would be possible for the right candidate.

If you would like to apply for this position, please send a CV along with a supporting statement to recruitment@cochrane.org with “Head of Knowledge Translation” in the subject line.  The supporting statement should indicate why you are applying for the post, and how far you meet the requirements for the post outlined in the job description, using specific examples.  List your experience, achievements, knowledge, personal qualities, and skills which you feel are relevant to the post.

For further information, please download the full job description.Deadline for applications: 18 February 2018 (12 midnight GMT)Interviews to be held on: Monday 26 February 2018 Thursday, February 1, 2018 Category: Jobs

Cochrane seeks Head of Membership, Learning & Support Services

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 00:35

Specifications:                               Full Time
Salary:                                                 Competitive
Location:                                           London (preferred)
Application closing date:
        20 February 2018

This role is an exciting opportunity to join Cochrane’s Senior Management Team as Head of our Membership, Learning & Support Services Department to make a difference in the field of healthcare decision-making worldwide. 

Cochrane is a global, independent network of health practitioners, researchers, patient advocates and others, responding to the challenge of making vast amounts of research evidence useful for informing decisions about health. We do this by synthesizing research findings to produce the best available evidence on what can work, what might harm and where more research is needed. Our work is recognized as the international gold standard for high-quality, trusted information.

The Head of Membership, Learning & Support will lead their department in providing outstanding and inclusive learning and support programmes that enhance the skills, knowledge, and experience of Cochrane’s current and potential members and supporters, promoting high-quality participation in activities supporting the organization’s strategic mission and goals. The department will do this by leading and managing a contribution-based membership system; by coordinating, developing, and delivering learning programmes; and by providing first-class support so that Cochrane contributors always get the help they need.

We are looking for a self-motivated and highly organized individual able to work effectively and collaboratively with a diverse range of contacts across the world. The successful candidate will also have:

  • Significant leadership experience of working within a senior management team and in a similar role.
  • A Master’s Degree or higher in a health, education, or research-related discipline (or equivalent experience).
  • Experience demonstrating leadership and vision in designing and managing complex learning or development programmes and collaborating with multiple stakeholder groups.
  • An excellent understanding of systematic review methods, preferably Cochrane systematic reviews.
  • A strong understanding of Cochrane structures and processes, and a commitment to Cochrane’s mission and values.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both verbal and written), including experience in working with people from a variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
  • Experience in managing a team, preferably in working remotely with geographically dispersed team members and stakeholder contributors, and a collaborative management style.
  • Excellent skills and experience in strategic planning, project management, and prioritization.

The majority of Cochrane Central Executive staff are located in London, UK; however a flexible location would be possible for the right candidate.

If you would like to apply for this position, please send a CV along with a supporting statement to recruitment@cochrane.org with “Head of Membership, Learning & Support Services” in the subject line.  The supporting statement should indicate why you are applying for the post, and how far you meet the requirements for the post outlined in the job description, using specific examples.  List your experience, achievements, knowledge, personal qualities, and skills which you feel are relevant to the post.

For further information, please download the full job description.Deadline for applications: 20 February 2018 (12 midnight GMT)Interviews to be held on:  date TBC Thursday, February 1, 2018 Category: Jobs

Featured Review: Three updated Cochrane Reviews assessing the effectiveness of influenza vaccines

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 10:09

Three Cochrane Reviews have been newly updated to incorporate the latest available evidence on vaccines for the prevention of influenza. These reviews, which focus on the prevention of influenza in healthy adults, healthy children, and in the elderly, form a long-running series by the same author team, and are available in full on the Cochrane Library:

Vaccines for preventing influenza in healthy adults

Vaccines for preventing influenza in healthy children

Vaccines for preventing influenza in the elderly

With this latest round of updates, the authors and the Acute Respiratory Infections Group editorial team have made some key decisions regarding the stability of the accumulated evidence and criteria which will guide further progress on updating. The authors have outlined their perspectives on the reviews to date, and the larger evidence picture, in a companion piece on the Cochrane Blog:

Why have three long-running Cochrane Reviews on influenza vaccines been stabilised?  

Thursday, February 1, 2018

2018 New Year Message from Cochrane's CEO, Mark Wilson

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 17:43

While we’re almost at the end of January already, it is still well worth reflecting on Cochrane’s achievements in 2017 and what lies ahead for the organization. 2018 promises to be another exciting year of transformation and change as we increase still further our capacity to produce and disseminate high-quality evidence to impact health decision making around the world.

We can be enormously proud of our achievements in 2017. Use of Cochrane’s evidence from our organizational website, Cochrane.org, continued its phenomenal growth, with visits rising by another 49% to 15 million (from 10 million in 2016 and 5.7 million in 2015), peaking in Quarter 4 at 4.24 million indicating that further growth will be seen in 2018. Total demand for evidence from the Cochrane Library was up by 11.8%, with pdf downloads of Cochrane Reviews up by 23% from 2016. Review production again fell slightly (to 406 Reviews, 321 Updates and 426 Protocols) but analysis showed continued improvements in the quality and timeliness of priority titles and our new Rapid Review pilot was very successful. Of the ten 2017 strategic targets we set for ourselves over 12 months ago, nine were achieved – with only the launching of the new Enhanced Cochrane Library platform delayed until the end of March. We are seeing demonstrable success, therefore, in achieving our fundamental goals and in delivering our ambitious Strategy to 2020. I hope you can see and appreciate these changes; and there were many highlights in 2017 reflecting the transformation of Cochrane that is taking place.

Cochrane South Africa hosted the first ever Global Evidence Summit in September, which was a huge success attended by more than 1,300 people from 75 countries, marking the first time that Cochrane joined forces with multiple partner organizations to create a premiere event in evidence-based policy. Cochrane’s new membership scheme was launched, which will help us attract new supporters and members with a wider range of experience and skills into our work, allow us to recognize their contributions, and sustain and expand our global activities. New Centres and Affiliates were established extending Cochrane’s geographic reach and influence to new countries and regions. At the Global Evidence Summit, we held our first Annual General Meeting (AGM) under Cochrane’s new Articles of Association, with every member entitled to one vote, and led by our new-look Governing Board. At the AGM members of the community provided their own perspectives on what will define a successful Strategy to 2020. I encourage you to watch the wonderful video series from that event if you were not there in person, including the flagship presentation on success in 2017

In the same month the first phase of Cochrane Interactive Learning was launched, providing over 10 hours of self-directed learning on the complete systematic review process for both new and experienced review authors. The Governing Board approved the implementation plan for Cochrane’s new Knowledge Translation framework, with the aim of making Cochrane’s evidence more relevant and accessible to, and used by, users. And of course, the Cochrane Review Group Transformation Programme, perhaps Strategy to 2020’s most important change initiative, began its implementation phase, with eight new CRG Networks being launched later this month. The establishment and development of the CRG Networks will remain an important focus for the organization in 2018 and will feature prominently at the strategic session of Cochrane’s Governance Meetings in Lisbon in April. For those Cochrane members planning to attend, please make sure you sign-up to these meetings by 4 March 2018.

A full 2017 Annual Report and Dashboard of progress against our Strategy to 2020 targets last year will be released within the coming weeks. Against this background of organizational success, I wanted to remind you that you have the opportunity to celebrate individual achievement by nominating a colleague for the Chris Silagy Prize, which recognizes those who make an extraordinary contribution to Cochrane.

Looking ahead to 2018, I am delighted to let you know that the Governing Board has approved five Strategy to 2020 Targets this year. Together the Central Executive Team and Cochrane community will:

  1. Form eight new Cochrane Review Group Networks, and begin implementation of Network plans and improved ways of working together.
  2. Complete the new standardized technology workflow for Cochrane Review production.
  3. Agree Cochrane’s future priority review types, methods and data sources through the development of a ‘content strategy’, and begin associated implementation activities.
  4. Deliver more features and enhancements of the Cochrane Library after its re-launch.
  5. Build capacity and engagement in Knowledge Translation activities across the organization.

You can read more about how the Targets will be delivered and access the supporting Plan & Budget for 2018 on the Cochrane Community website. We are three years away from the end of Strategy to 2020 and looking forward at what else we still need to do to achieve all of the defined measures of success that we have set for ourselves. We are introducing on 5th February a new look Central Executive Team structure that we think will better help Cochrane’s members and supporters meet those objectives in the coming years, and the exciting changes establish two new Departments focusing on Knowledge Translation, and Membership, Learning & Support. More details on the changes will be available soon.

Let me end by thanking, once again, all Cochrane collaborators for their contributions to our work over the last twelve months, and in the coming year. We are hugely grateful for your enthusiasm and willingness to change and adapt to new ways of working to make Cochrane’s evidence meet the needs of millions more patients, carers, clinicians, policymakers, researchers and others in 2018 and beyond.

With my very best wishes,

Mark

Mark G. Wilson
Chief Executive Officer

Friday, January 26, 2018

Establishment of a new Cochrane Fertility Regulation Group

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 14:52

Cochrane is delighted to announce the establishment of a new Cochrane Fertility Regulation Group based in Oregon.

The Cochrane Fertility Regulation Group was originally registered in 1997 but was led by Frans and Anja Helmerhorst until their recent retirement in 2016. Since then the Group has been under the care of Cochrane Gynaecology and Fertility. The new group will join the family of 52 Cochrane Review Groups, each of whom is responsible for supporting the preparation and maintenance of systematic reviews in a specific area of health research. The Group will produce systematic reviews on interventions in fertility regulation.

Professor Jeanne-Marie Guise has been appointed as the Group’s new Coordinating Editor. Professor Guise commented: “I am delighted to be appointed to the role of Coordinating Editor of the Fertility Regulation Group. I look forward to working with health researchers, practitioners and Cochrane authors in making a contribution to producing evidence in gynaecology and fertility.”

Cochrane’s Editor in Chief, David Tovey, also welcomed the news: “We are proud to officially welcome new leadership for the Fertility Regulation Group in Jeanne-Marie Guise. The Group’s scope fits perfectly with Cochrane’s mission of promoting evidence-based medicine for health decision-making across the world.”

Friday, January 26, 2018

Cochrane Gynaecology and Fertility establishes Satellite Group in the Netherlands

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 11:06

Cochrane Gynaecology and Fertility Group in Auckland, New Zealand in collaboration with the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam, has established a new Cochrane Gynaecology and Fertility satellite. The satellite will start off with gathering, evaluating, and disseminating reviews on the effectiveness and safety of interventions in subfertile women undergoing intrauterine insemination and in women with polycystic ovary syndrome.  

The Netherlands Satellite is under the direction of Dr Madelon van Wely, who is a clinical epidemiologist and a long-serving editor with Cochrane Gynaecology and Fertility. Dr Elena Kostova will act as the managing editor. The satellite office is based in the Center for Reproductive Medicine of the Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam.

 

Cochrane Gynaecology and Fertility Satellite in the Netherlands; Dr Madelon van Wely and Dr Elena Kostova (right to left).

The Editorial Team behind the satellite includes Madelon van Wely (Co-ordinating Editor),  Selma Mourad (gynaecologist, editor of this Cochrane group and author of several reviews), Sebastiaan Mastenbroek (clinical embryologist, editor of this Cochrane group and author of several reviews), Jack Wilkinson (statistician, statistical editor of this Cochrane group, and author of several Cochrane reviews) and Elena Kostova (Managing editor) who is in charge of the editorial development and daily function of the satellite.

The group behind the satellite has been very active within Cochrane for the last 15 years and has contributed to many Cochrane Reviews.

“I am delighted to welcome the new Netherlands Satellite," said Professor Cindy Farquhar, Co-ordinating Editor of Cochrane Gynaecology and Fertility. "I am delighted with this new addition to the group. I am sure it will make a big contribution to moving along our priorities in gynaecology and fertility.”.  Professor Sjoerd Repping, head of the Center for Reproductive Medicine in Amsterdam, adds. “We are proud and honoured to host the Cochrane Satellite in Amsterdam. It fits perfectly with our long-standing efforts in promoting evidence-based medicine.”

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Cochrane seeks Knowledge Translation Co-ordinator - London, UK

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 17:10

Salary: £25,000 - £30,000 dependant on experience
Location: London, UK
Position: Permanent, full time
Application Closing Date: 9 Feb 2018

Cochrane is a global independent network of health practitioners, researchers, patient advocates and others, responding to the challenge of making the vast amounts of evidence generated through research useful for informing decisions about health. We do this by identifying, appraising and synthesizing individual research findings to produce the best available evidence on what can work, what might harm and where more research is needed.

Our work is recognised as the international gold standard for high quality, trusted information. We want to be the leading advocate for evidence-informed health care across the world.

The Knowledge Translation Co-ordinator will lead on the administrative support of Cochrane’s new Knowledge Translations (KT) department, which seeks to maximize the dissemination, use and impact of Cochrane evidence.

The successful applicant will work administratively within a range of project areas including support to co-ordination of KT activities across Cochrane, external and internal communications, dissemination, media outreach, multi-lingual strategies, brand marketing and events.

Key Tasks:
  • Planning and administrative support for the implementation of Cochrane’s Knowledge Translation Framework including the co-ordination of the KT working groups meetings and project plans.
  • Internal and external communications planning support.
  • Provide administrative support to Cochrane’s multi-lingual activities aligned with Cochrane’s Translation strategy.
  • Administrative support to Cochrane’s brand communications and annual events, including our Colloquia.
  • Provide administrative support to Cochrane Fields in line with departmental priorities and coordination.
  • Responsibility for departmental logistics including team meetings and diary management.
  • Working with all members of our Knowledge Translations department to ensure smooth day-to-day running of our operational systems and processes.

If you would like to apply for this position, please send a CV along with a supporting statement with “Knowledge Translation Co-Ordinator” in the subject line to recuitment@cochrane.org.  The supporting statement should indicate why you are applying for the post, and how far you meet the requirements for the post outlined in the job description using specific examples.  List your experience, achievements, knowledge, personal qualities and skills which you feel are relevant to the post. Please apply before 9 Feb, 2018.

 For further information, please download the full job desciption. Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Category: Jobs

Cochrane Deutschland Stiftung: a new era for evidence-based health care in Germany

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 17:29

Cochrane Germany is delighted to announce the official launch of a new Foundation securing the future of using high-quality information to promote health decision-making in Germany.

Today sees the opening ceremony of the Cochrane Germany Foundation, (Cochrane Deutschland Stiftung, CDS), which was established in November 2017 by the Medical Center at the University of Freiburg.

The Cochrane Germany Foundation is an exciting collaboration between Cochrane Germany, The Medical Center at the University of Freiburg and the Federal Ministry of Health which will secure future institutional funding for Cochrane’s work for at least the next ten years, and is one of its kind world-wide.

The Cochrane Germany Foundation will promote evidence-based health decision making by supporting and training new authors of Cochrane Reviews, as well as working with clinicians, professional associations, policy-makers, patients, and the media to encourage the dissemination and use of Cochrane evidence.

The Foundation is part of Cochrane, a global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers, and people interested in health. Cochrane works with collaborators from more than 130 countries and in 14 languages to produce credible, accessible health information that is free from commercial sponsorship and other conflicts of interest.  Cochrane’s work is recognized as representing an international gold standard for high quality, trusted information.

Speaking last November, Germany’s Minster of Health, Hermann Gröhe said: “We need independent research, evaluating and updating the evidence regularly and by this means delivering reliable information for the best treatments. Thus, I committed myself that the German Federation is finally able to fund Cochrane in Germany sustainably through the Cochrane Germany foundation.”

The Foundation’s Interim Scientific Director, Professor Gerd Antes, says this is a hugely exciting opportunity: “The launch of the Cochrane Germany Foundation is very important. Producing and increasing the dissemination of the best available information on health care is critical for clinicians and patients everywhere in the world.”

Cochrane’s CEO Mark Wilson, attending today’s official opening ceremony, commented: “I am delighted to welcome the establishment of the Cochrane Germany Foundation, and this innovative new partnership between Cochrane, the German Federal Ministry of Health and the Medical Center of the University of Freiburg. Thanks to the generous funding and support of the Ministry and the University, Cochrane Germany’s work will increase the production, accessibility and use of the highest quality health evidence in Germany, promoting better health decision-making by patients, clinicians and decision-makers and improving the health outcomes for millions of people across the country.”

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Cochrane's 2018 Colloquium officially granted ‘Patients Included’ status

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 16:15

The 25th annual Cochrane Colloquium, to be held in Edinburgh 16-18 September, has now been officially granted ‘Patients Included’ status, appearing on the official list of ‘Patients Included’ accredited conferences.

The Patients Included conference charter provides conference organisers with ‘a means of demonstrating that their events are committed to incorporating the experience of patients as experts in living with their condition while ensuring they are neither excluded nor exploited’. Conference organizers must demonstrate that they are able to fulfil 5 criteria in order to be recognized as a ‘Patients Included’ event.

You can read about these criteria, and the steps being taken to meet them, on the Colloquium website.

Further details on how patients, carers and other healthcare consumers have been helping to shape the event so far can be found here:

Further information

To keep up to date with plans for the Cochrane Colloquium Edinburgh, please visit colloquium.cochrane.org and follow on Twitter: @CochraneUK and #Cochraneforall.

Registration is scheduled to open in mid-February 2018, and the call for abstracts and workshops is now open.  We ask that all abstracts consider their impact on, and relevance to, patients and other healthcare consumers. We particularly welcome abstracts that are co-designed, co-produced and/or co-presented with patients or other healthcare consumers.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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