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Cochrane seeks Team Administrator - London, UK

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 17:47

Specifications: Full Time
Salary: Up to £24,000 DOE
Location: London
Application Closing Date: 18th March 2018

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

The Team Administrator will provide an effective and efficient administrative support service to the Finance and Core Services Team.

Key Tasks:

  • Under the supervision of the Finance Manager provide purchase ledger support
  • Provide administrative support to the remotely based Contracts manager
  • Assist the Office manager in providing administrative support

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:

  • Previous experience of providing administrative support to a team
  • Intermediate level IT skills, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Strong organization and prioritization skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Professional telephone manner
  • Ability to work methodically and accurately
  • A flexible approach with the ability to respond quickly to issues as they arise
  • A pro-active approach to problem-solving
  • Awareness of handling confidential and sensitive information

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

If you would like to apply for this position, please send a CV along with a supporting statement to recruitment@cochrane.org with “Team Administrator” 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.

Friday, March 2, 2018 Category: Jobs

Cochrane seeks HR Manager - London, UK

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 16:07

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

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

The HR Manager will provide and manage a high quality, responsive, efficient and effective Human Resources function for Cochrane and its subsidiaries.

Working alongside our other HR Manager, this role provides leadership and management across the Central Executive Team on all HR matters.

Key responsibilities:
  • Provide HR support and advice to the Head of Finance and Core Services, Chief Executive Officer and other senior managers and Central Executive Team so that Cochrane’s HR policies and practice are legally compliant and supportive of the organisation’s mission and objectives.
  • Develop and maintain good employee relations within Cochrane through a thorough knowledge of the whole organisation and understanding of its objectives.
  • Provide leadership and project management for HR-related projects in order to improve the general HR service and to meet individual and organisational objectives

Key areas:

  • Recruitment and on-boarding
  • Talent attraction and management
  • Employee Relations,
  • People Relations for secondment and consultancy contracts
  • Learning and Development
  • Monitoring and managing HR data
  • Reviewing and implementing policies across the organisation
  • Reviewing and overseeing the HR appraisals process
  • Maintain effective and supportive relationships throughout the business
  • Promote equality and diversity as part of the culture of the organisation

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:

  • CIPD qualification equivalent to Level 7
  • Demonstrable experience of leading a fully operational HR service comprising generalist advice, payroll, benefits, learning & development and change management
  • Experience of scoping and implementing HRIS systems
  • Ability to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment, adapting quickly to rapidly changing situations
  • Up to date working knowledge of employment legislation.
  • Experience of coaching and supporting managers
  • Self-confidence, personal credibility and the ability to support and challenge others appropriately
  • Good understanding of and the ability to apply the principles of confidentiality
  • Intermediate level IT skills, including Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook.
  • Ability to prioritise and manage own workload.
  • Proven ability to work both independently and productively as part of a team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Good understanding and application of the principles of Equal Opportunities in a HR context
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Pragmatism and problem-solving skills and the ability to think creatively when faced with new problems
  • 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

If you would like to apply for this position, please send a CV along with a supporting statement to recruitment@cochrane.org with “HR 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, together with your salary expectations.

  • For further information, please download the full job description.
  • Deadline for applications: 18th March 2018 (12 midnight GMT)
  • Interviews to be held on: 27th March 2018
Friday, March 2, 2018 Category: Jobs

Launch of Cochrane Indonesia to boost production and use of trusted health evidence in Indonesia

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 19:22

In a significant step for national health research and training, Cochrane Indonesia was launched today at Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta.

Cochrane’s global CEO Mark Wilson travelled from London to join Cochrane Indonesia’s Director Dr Detty Nurdiati at a formal ceremony to inaugurate the high-profile, independent research organisation’s newest centre.

‘Cochrane Indonesia is an important and active part of Cochrane’s global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers and people interested in health consisting of more than  38,000 people from 130 countries,’ Mr Wilson says. ‘And today’s launch represents the culmination of over a decade of work by Dr Detty Nurdiati and her colleagues at both Universitas Gadjah Mada and Universitas Indonesia.’

‘Since 2004, the team has been working to increase the role and impact of high quality health evidence in daily clinical practice, in education and training, and in public policy making – particularly in the critical area of maternal and child health. Today we recognize this work and look forward to increasing our shared efforts to ensure evidence is at the very centre of health research, care and policy in Indonesia.’  

Dr Nurdiati welcomed Mr Wilson’s comments and highlighted the increasing need for locally relevant and up-to-date health evidence to inform policy making and health care. ‘The successful implementation of Jaminan Kesehatan Nasional demands high quality evidence and skilled people with the capacity to gather, synthesize and use evidence. Within Cochrane Indonesia, we have the essential knowledge and expertise to meet this need,’ she said.

‘Cochrane produces gold standard health evidence that is free from commercial sponsorship and other conflicts of interest. It is used and trusted by individuals, governments, policy-makers and major organisations around the world, from the World Health Organization to Wikipedia. Doctors, nurses, researchers and health professionals in hospitals, universities and community health clinics here in Indonesia and around the world use Cochrane evidence to underpin health decisions, policies and clinical care guidelines for patients. This is the kind of information that is critical to contemporary medicine and public health.’

‘We know that relying on a single research study to guide clinical practice or health policy can be very misleading. Instead of looking selectively at single studies, Cochrane undertakes what are called systematic reviews –these are comprehensive reviews that consider evidence from research studies from around the world. We gather and analyze all this evidence and look at how it can best be used to develop policy and effective care in Indonesia.’

To date, Cochrane evidence has been used to improve care for pregnant women and their babies, with improved guidelines introduced for the treatment of pre-eclampsia, iron supplementation and education for breastfeeding mothers. Cochrane Indonesia aims to extend this evidence based approach to maternal and child health across all areas of health.

‘We will be working with the Ministry of Health to inform policy and practice and importantly, we will continue to train current and future generations of clinicians, midwives and other health professionals in evidence based medicine,’ Dr Nurdiati said. ‘This is part of an ambitious program to make trusted health evidence more accessible to all Indonesians. To that end, we will also be translating high quality Cochrane evidence into Bahasa, so that more of our clinicians, health workers, journalists and citizens can access the information they need to make health decisions. Together, we will contribute to better health care for people from around Indonesia, and ultimately around the world.’

Press conference details for Monday 5 March 2018

Date: Monday 5 March 2018
Time:
12.00-12.30pm
Location:
Executive Room, KPTU Building, Faculty of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing, Universitas Gadjah Mada

Panel:

  • Mr Mark Wilson, Global CEO, Cochrane
  • Dr Detty Nurdiati, Director of Cochrane Indonesia
  • Prof Siti Setiati, Head of Afiliate Center of Cochrane Indonesia

Opportunities for journalists:

  • Q & A session
  • Photo opportunities
For all media inquiries about Cochrane Indonesia and the official launch, contact:

Dr Rima Mustafa
Phone: +62-274-560455 or +62 821 3421 6359
Email: rima.mustafa@ymail.com

Monday, March 5, 2018

New Cochrane Review evidence suggests that nutritional labelling on menus in restaurants and cafes may reduce our calorie intake

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 16:31

New evidence published in the Cochrane Library shows that adding calorie labels to menus and next to food in restaurants, coffee shops, and cafeterias could reduce the calories that people consume, although the quality of evidence is low.

Eating too many calories contributes to people becoming overweight and increases the risks of heart disease, diabetes, and many cancers, which are among the leading causes of poor health and premature death.

Several studies have looked at whether putting nutritional labels on food and non-alcoholic drinks might have an impact on their purchasing or consumption, but their findings have been mixed. Now, a team of Cochrane researchers has brought together the results of studies evaluating the effects of nutritional labels on purchasing and consumption in a systematic review.

The team reviewed the evidence to establish whether, and by how much, nutritional labels on food or non-alcoholic drinks affect the amount of food or drink people choose, buy, eat, or drink. They considered studies in which the labels had to include information on the nutritional or calorie content of the food or drink. They excluded those including only logos (e.g. ticks or stars) or interpretative colours (e.g. ‘traffic light’ labelling) to indicate healthier and unhealthier foods. In total, the researchers included evidence from 28 studies, of which 11 assessed the impact of nutritional labelling on purchasing and 17 assessed the impact of labelling on consumption.

The team combined results from three studies where calorie labels were added to menus or put next to food in restaurants, coffee shops, and cafeterias. For a typical lunch with an intake of 600 calories, such as a slice of pizza and a soft drink, labelling may reduce the energy content of food purchased by about 8% (48 calories). The authors judged the studies to have potential flaws that could have biased the results.

Combining results from eight studies carried out in artificial or laboratory settings could not show with certainty whether adding labels would have an impact on calories consumed. However, when the studies with potential flaws in their methods were removed, the three remaining studies showed that such labels could reduce calories consumed by about 12% per meal. The team noted that there was still some uncertainty around this effect and that further well-conducted studies are needed to establish the size of the effect with more precision.

The review’s lead author, Professor Theresa Marteau, Director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit at the University of Cambridge (UK), says: “This evidence suggests that using nutritional labelling could help reduce calorie intake and make a useful impact as part of a wider set of measures aimed at tackling obesity.” She added, “There is no ‘magic bullet’ to solve the obesity problem, so while calorie labelling may help, other measures to reduce calorie intake are also needed.”

Fellow author Professor Susan Jebb from the University of Oxford commented: “Some outlets are already providing calorie information to help customers make informed choices about what to purchase. This review should provide policymakers with the confidence to introduce measures to encourage or even require calorie labelling on menus and next to food and non-alcoholic drinks in coffee shops, cafeterias, and restaurants.”

The researchers were unable to reach firm conclusions about the effect of labelling on calories purchased from grocery stores or vending machines because of the limited evidence available. They added that future research would also benefit from a more diverse consideration of the possible wider impacts of nutritional labelling, including impacts on those producing and selling food, as well as consumers.

Expert reactions to the Cochrane Review:

Professor Ian Caterson, President of the World Obesity Federation, commented: “Energy labelling has been shown to be effective: people see it and read it and there is a resulting decrease in calories purchased. This is very useful to know – combined with a suite of other interventions, such changes will help slow and eventually turn around the continuing rise in body weight.”

Responding to the new Cochrane Review evidence on nutritional labelling on menus in restaurants and cafes, Caroline Cerny, Obesity Health Alliance Lead, said: “Too often food in restaurants or cafes can be a large portion size and packed with hidden ingredients such as salt or sugar, so it’s very easy to eat more calories than you need. It makes sense that when we know the nutritional content of the food we’re eating, the more likely it is that we’ll make healthier choices. This important research shows that clear labelling of the food we eat out of home, as is increasingly on display on supermarket products, is an important step to empowering people to make informed choices when it comes to eating.”

Dr Amelia Lake, Associate Director of Fuse: the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, and Dietitian and Reader in Public Health Nutrition at Teesside University, said: “As a society we obtain a significant amount of food and drink outside of our home environment.  This out of home food environment is incredibly important in determining what we eat.  In general there is little evidence about what interventions may be effective in changing our behaviours in cafes, restaurants, takeaways, or even vending machines....[T]his intervention needs to be used alongside other interventions addressing both calorie intake and expenditure.  It is one piece of the intervention jigsaw that may help in addressing the obesity crisis.”

Prof Peymané Adab, Professor of Public Health, The University of Birmingham, said: “This is a high standard study which has considered the quality of the underlying research....The overview has shown that higher quality studies are needed to increase our confidence about the benefits of labelling.  In particular we don’t know whether those who alter their food purchasing or consumption are those that would most benefit, or whether such labelling could differentially benefit only subgroups of the population, thus widening inequalities.  We also don’t know whether nutritional labels could have other impacts, such as substitution with less healthy alternatives or on total calories consumed over a longer time period.  Information on calories alone does not tell us about the overall quality of the food (e.g. amount of salt, vitamins etc.) and we need more research to know whether or not choosing lower calorie foods at one point in the day could lead to compensatory overconsumption by choosing something more highly calorific later.  Finally, the effects of nutritional labelling on the reformulation of products by food manufacturers and menu choices offered by restauranteurs also need to be studied.”

Prof Brian Ratcliffe, Emeritus Professor of Nutrition, Robert Gordon University, said: "...The evidence is not strong that nutritional labelling, especially of energy (calories), has a significant impact on consumer choice.  It is imperative, however, that as much information is given at point of selection so that consumers can make informed comparative choices.  If you are watching your weight and one dessert is flagged as 100 kcal (sorbet) while others are around 300 kcal (sticky toffee pudding), then the right choice is clear.  Even modest reductions of up to 10% in energy intake when eating out could help individuals who are trying to control their calories.”

Prof Judith Buttriss, Director General, British Nutrition Foundation, said: “It is good news that efforts already being taken by some high street chains to influence calorie intake through provision of information on menus and at the point of sale may have a positive effect.  Hopefully this will encourage others to adopt this approach as part of a suite of ‘nudges’ designed to encourage healthier choices."

Full citation: Crockett RA, King SE, Marteau TM, Prevost AT, Bignardi G, Roberts NW, Stubbs B, Hollands GJ, Jebb SA. Nutritional labelling for healthier food or non-alcoholic drink purchasing and consumption. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2018, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD009315. https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD009315.pub2

For further information, please contact:
Jo Anthony
Senior Media and Communications Officer, Cochrane
M +44(0) 7582 726 634 E janthony@cochrane.org or pressoffice@cochrane.org

Craig Brierley
Head of Research Communications
University of Cambridge
Tel: +44 (0)1223 766205
Mob: +44 (0)7957 468218
Email: craig.brierley@admin.cam.ac.uk 

About Cochrane
Cochrane is a global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers, and people interested in health.

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.

Cochrane is a not-for-profit organization with collaborators from more than 130 countries working together to produce credible, accessible health information that is free from commercial sponsorship and other conflicts of interest. Our work is recognized as representing an international gold standard for high quality, trusted information.

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

About the University of Cambridge
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Founded in 1209, the University comprises 31 autonomous Colleges, which admit undergraduates and provide small-group tuition, and 150 departments, faculties and institutions. Cambridge is a global university. Its 19,000 student body includes 3,700 international students from 120 countries. Cambridge researchers collaborate with colleagues worldwide, and the University has established larger-scale partnerships in Asia, Africa and America.

The University sits at the heart of the ‘Cambridge cluster’, which employs 60,000 people and has in excess of £12 billion in turnover generated annually by the 4,700 knowledge-intensive firms in and around the city. The city publishes 341 patents per 100,000 residents.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

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

Life After Stroke

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 14:04

Throughout March the Cochrane UK team will be looking at the theme of 'life after stroke.' This will include Cochrane evidence, ongoing research and the perspectives of stroke survivors, researchers and health professionals on life after stroke from the acute phase to rehabilitation and long-term effects and adjustments.

See below for a round-up of materials or follow along on Twitter with the hastag #LifeAfterStroke

BlogpostsCochrane EvidenceLearn more about Cochrane Uk, the Cochrane Stroke group, and the Cochrane Rehabilitation field. Thursday, March 1, 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

Media Contacts:
Dawn Peters (US) +1 781-388-8408
Tom Griffin (UK) +44 (0) 1865 476213
sciencenewsroom@wiley.com

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About Cochrane
Cochrane is a global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers, and people interested in health.
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.
Cochrane is a not-for profit organization with collaborators from more than 130 countries working together to produce credible, accessible health information that is free from commercial sponsorship and other conflicts of interest. Our work is recognized as representing an international gold standard for high quality, trusted information.
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About CAPES and Portal de Periódicos
CAPES is a foundation linked to the Ministry of Education that is responsible for coordinating the Brazilian Postgraduate Studies System (Master and PhD levels), and for authorizing the creation of new Masters (academic and professional) and PhD courses, as well as evaluating those that already exist. Internationally recognized for its work, the institution evaluates the performance of postgraduate study programs across the entire country and certifies their quality.
Portal de Periódicos is one of the largest virtual libraries in the world. It offers the best of national and international scientific production to more than 400 higher education and research institutions in Brazil. Throughout its 17 years of history, Portal de Periodicos has revolutionized access to the bibliographic collection and has become an important instrument for scientific, technological, academic and innovation activity.

About Wiley
Wiley, a global research and learning company, helps people and organizations develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. Our online scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly journals, combined with our digital learning, assessment and certification solutions help universities, learned societies, businesses, governments and individuals increase the academic and professional impact of their work. For more than 210 years, we have delivered consistent performance to our stakeholders. The company's website can be accessed at www.wiley.com.

 

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

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