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Senior Communications and Impact Officer (0.80 FTE)

London School of Economics and Political Science - NIHR School for Social Care Research (NIHR SSCR)

Location: London
Salary: £37,197 to £44,802 pa inclusive with potential to progress to £48,168, pa inclusive of London allowance
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 5th October 2021
Closes: 18th October 2021

This is a fixed term appointment for 29 months/years and is part-time for 28 hour per week 

The NIHR School for Social Care Research (NIHR SSCR) was established by the National Institute for Health Research in 2009 to improve the evidence base for adult social care practice in England. Directed by Professor Martin Knapp, NIHR SSCR is a partnership between seven universities and is led at LSE. Since 2009, NIHR SSCR has commissioned 194 research studies and a number of scoping and methods reviews, with c.50 current projects.

Alongside our core programme of activities, we have a further programme of work to build capacity for social care research by providing career development opportunities. We are also leading the NIHR Social Care Incubator which aims to develop a supportive and high-profile community of individuals and organisations in adult social care with an interest in research.

We are seeking a dynamic Senior Communications and Impact Officer to start as soon as possible until April 2024 to play a strategic role in supporting the management of knowledge exchange and impact processes within NIHR SSCR. The postholder will work with grant/award holders within NIHR SSCR to: enhance the impact from our funded research and building-capacity activities; lead day-to-day communication and digital engagement activities; and lead the planning and organisation of NIHR SSCR’s public and internal events programme and webinar series.

Candidates should have:

  • Experience of working in a communications or research dissemination role
  • Understanding of knowledge exchange and impact approaches such as networking, engagement activities, communication to professionals and the public
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to write and edit for a range of purposes, styles and audiences
  • Ability to interpret and identify key results from research evidence and summarise in plain language
  • Proven track record of using social media effectively in a professional context
  • Interest in social care practice and research.

The postholder will be expected to support core NIHR SSCR activities at 0.60 FTE and the NIHR Social Care Incubator at 0.20 FTE. There is scope to increase the position to 1.00 FTE if preferred by the successful candidate.

We offer an occupational pension scheme, generous annual leave and excellent training and development opportunities.

For further information about the post, please see the how to apply document, job description and the person specification.

To apply for this post, please go to If you have any technical queries with applying on the online system, please use the “contact us” links at the bottom of the LSE Jobs page. Should you have any queries about the role, please email Anji Mehta at

The closing date for receipt of applications is Monday 18 October 2021 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.

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