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News and news analysis

NHS Blood and Transplant reveals blood and organ donation brief

NHS Blood and Transplant reveals blood and organ donation brief

NHS Blood and Transplant has issued a brief for creative, media and PR for its blood and organ donation activity.

New CEO of Healthcare Comms Association offers free membership to charities

New CEO of Healthcare Comms Association offers free membership to charities

The new chief executive of the Healthcare Communications Association is inviting charities to join the members body for free, saying the third sector plays an "essential role" in improving patient outcomes.

Policy calls, a hire from No. 10, free vapes: 'alt tobacco' lobby lights up Tory conference

Policy calls, a hire from No. 10, free vapes: 'alt tobacco' lobby lights up Tory conference

Companies providing alternatives to conventional cigarettes have been trying to put the regulations on the vaping and e-cigarette industry on radar at the Conservative Party Conference this week.

In brief: Reay-Smith joins 3MZ, 'ethical Uber' hires Milk & Honey, Iain Anderson's fintech role, DfT man joins Social

In brief: Reay-Smith joins 3MZ, 'ethical Uber' hires Milk & Honey, Iain Anderson's fintech role, DfT man joins Social

Ogilvy's Reay-Smith joins 3MZ, Milk & Honey flags 'ethical Uber alternative', Iain Anderson takes fintech role and more from PRWeek UK

Virtual healthcare agency Mearns & Pike launched by ex-Medtronic and Havas duo

Virtual healthcare agency Mearns & Pike launched by ex-Medtronic and Havas duo

Former Havas Just:: director Kirsty Mearns and Medtronic's former UK comms lead Jon Pike have combined to launch healthcare specialist Mearns & Pike.

Watch: Psychiatry body kicks off first recruitment campaign with emotive film

Watch: Psychiatry body kicks off first recruitment campaign with emotive film

The Royal College of Psychiatrists and its new comms team have kicked off a six-week student recruitment campaign, a first for the body, with a national media push and an emotive film voiced by patient testimony.

Edelman veteran Ann Bartling to lead EU business of Huntsworth's Tonic Life

Edelman veteran Ann Bartling to lead EU business of Huntsworth's Tonic Life

Ann Bartling has joined Tonic Life Communications as EU managing director, nearly a year after ending her 13-year stint at Edelman.

Boots and charity in bitter legal clash over emergency contraception campaign

Boots and charity in bitter legal clash over emergency contraception campaign

A charity providing abortion services has said it is "extremely saddened" to have received two legal letters from Boots asking it to cease campaigning activities around the retailer's pricing and statements on emergency contraceptives.

In brief: Zaha signs for SoapBox, JPES wins BlueBay, Fromental hires Alpha Kilo

Zaha signs for SoapBox, JPES wins BlueBay, Fromental hires Alpha Kilo for PR and more from PRWeek UK.

Johnson & Johnson's Meyer moves to Medtronic

Johnson & Johnson's Meyer moves to Medtronic

Amy Jo Meyer served as senior director and financial and M&A comms leader at Johnson & Johnson.

Sanofi adds WPP to creative roster in agency review

Sanofi adds WPP to creative roster in agency review

Public Health England puts consumer account held by Freuds out to GCS roster

Public Health England puts consumer account held by Freuds out to GCS roster

Freud Communications faces a competitive pitch against other firms on the Government's Campaign Solutions roster to retain its long-held and prized comms brief with Public Health England.

Jackson joins Portland to lead US health offering

Jackson joins Portland to lead US health offering

He is a veteran of Spectrum, Chandler Chicco, and Ketchum, among other shops.

Johnson & Johnson in breach of UK drugs rules over Nicorette marketing

Johnson & Johnson in breach of UK drugs rules over Nicorette marketing

Johnson & Johnson has breached the UK drug regulation code in three places in promotions for smoking cessation product Nicorette.

In brief: Freshwater boards with train firm, Merck appoints WA, new wins for Perowne and Azalea

In brief: Freshwater boards with train firm, Merck appoints WA, new wins for Perowne and Azalea

Freshwater on board with train manufacturer, Tenerife Golf tees off with Azalea, Merck appoints WA and more from PRWeek UK.

Opinion and features

The problem with the Today programme: Damned if you do, damned if you don't

The problem with the Today programme: Damned if you do, damned if you don't

I love the Today programme. I adore the Today programme. I listen to the Today programme every morning. It's my anchor in the stormy sea of current affairs; the light that leads the way in the gloom of the early morning.

Let's talk about disability in PR: Disabled employees are a nearly untouched pool of talent

Let's talk about disability in PR: Disabled employees are a nearly untouched pool of talent

Since being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of eight, I have always been hyper-aware of how it differentiated me from my peers.

International Day of the Girl: Two years on, 'Like a Girl' still has something to teach communicators

International Day of the Girl: Two years on, 'Like a Girl' still has something to teach communicators

Two years after it launched, P&G's Like A Girl is still being cited as a great campaign; I was wondering what makes that work so evocative, that it hangs around in our consciousness when other campaigns, award-winning or not, just fade away.

Waking the sleeping giant: Alex Bigg's big plans to turbo-charge MHP

Waking the sleeping giant: Alex Bigg's big plans to turbo-charge MHP

MHP chief executive Alex Bigg hopes to awaken the 'sleeping giant' agency by making stellar hires and 'unleashing the talent' of its team. Just don't mention Missing Type.

Comms will play a critical role in gender pay gap reporting

Comms will play a critical role in gender pay gap reporting

Around 9,000 employers will have to report their gender pay gap by April next year, but while the Government guidelines thoroughly explain the reporting procedure, there is very little information about how to communicate your data.

World Mental Health Day: Why PR pros could benefit from counselling

World Mental Health Day: Why PR pros could benefit from counselling

In years gone by, outsiders could be forgiven for thinking that the PR industry was all about long lunches and glamorous parties.

Is the top of the PR industry a man's game?

Is the top of the PR industry a man's game?

As an industry, PR is highly inclusive of women. Or so it seems. Women comprise 64 per cent of the total workforce, yet only 13 per cent inhabit board-level and partner positions.

The pervasive, pernicious and damaging impact of presenteeism in PR

The pervasive, pernicious and damaging impact of presenteeism in PR

It was 200 years ago, during the Industrial Revolution, that factory owner Robert Owen first began campaigning for improved working conditions, the lynchpin of which was the concept of the eight-hour working day.

Four things they don't teach you about PR at university

Four things they don't teach you about PR at university

Something about starting my career in PR reminds me of the advanced mathematics textbook I used to slave over in high school back when I was 18 years old.

Recent healthcare people moves

Taylor Bennett Foundation hires ex-CIPR chief Pinch and Four's John Lehal to board

Taylor Bennett Foundation hires ex-CIPR chief Pinch and Four's John Lehal to board

Former CIPR president Sarah Pinch and public affairs leader John Lehal (both pictured below) have been appointed chair and vice chair, respectively, of PR industry diversity charity the Taylor Bennett Foundation.

In brief: Porter Novelli scoops AR app, Halpern to root US restaurant in UK, Mettrr hires WE

Porter Novelli scoops AR app, Halpern to root US restaurant in UK, Mettrr hires WE and more from PRWeek UK.

Natalie Kerris exits Edelman after six months to join Oracle

Natalie Kerris exits Edelman after six months to join Oracle

The veteran of Apple and Twitter had a short stint as chair of Edelman's technology sector. Sanjay Nair has replaced her in the agency role.

In brief: Mental health launches at PRCA and HCA, new CEO at PRII, Bennett back as Exposure director

Mental health initiatives at PRCA and HCA, new CEO at PRII, Bennett back as Exposure director, Pair join Publishers Association and more from PRWeek UK.