Peer Impact and Engagement Officer

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Type: Fixed term for 3 years
Location: Borough, London
Salary: £27,500 per annum FTE (pro rata)
Hours: 30 hours a week

Mental health research needs to draw on different approaches across many scientific disciplines, if it is to lead to improvements in people’s lives. In 2018, the funding body UK Research and Innovation seed-funded 8 Mental Health Networks, made up of researchers, charities and other organisations working collaboratively to address important questions about mental health. A Network Coordination team has now been set up to support the networks to develop bids to gain further funding and maximise their impact. This includes facilitating the cross-pollination of ideas and methods between the networks and bringing disciplines not traditionally involved in mental health research into the fold, by encouraging them to consider how their field might provide useful approaches to understand and improve mental health. The team will create a national campaign on Why Mental Health Research Matters, building on the value created by the eight networks and amplifying it, to inspire both a new generation of researchers and the public. 

The McPin Foundation are seeking to recruit a Peer Impact and Engagement Officer to work as part of the Network Coordination Team. The officer would work closely with the Mental Health Networks Coordinator, Elaine Fox, Professor of Psychology and Affective Neuroscience at the University of Oxford but would be based at the McPin office in Borough. Other team members include an early career researcher and two media professionals.

We are looking for candidates who are excited at the prospect of working in a truly interdisciplinary way, and who are willing to engage with the concept of mental health through multiple different lenses. The post will suit someone with excellent people skills who is looking to gain further experience in the field of mental health research and translation but who is also interested in communications and engagement. The candidate will be encouraged and supported to draw on personal experiences of managing mental health problems within the post – this is what the ‘peer’ in the job title refers to. 

Please refer to the job description for a fuller explanation of the role.

The McPin Foundation is based in Borough (near London Bridge). You can find out more about us at www.mcpin.org.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 28th October 2019.  Interviews will be held in London on 4th or 6th November 2019.

To apply please visit http://mcpin.org/get-involved/vacancies/ to download an application form.

Queries to [email protected] or call 0207 922 7877 if you have any questions about the post.

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