PR consultants have welcomed a call for transformation of the NHS' talent and leadership to be led by a new comms strategy - so long as it is co-created, and avoids "reinventing the wheel".
Tina Woods has joined Lansons from Ogilvy Healthworld to launch a new division of the comms firm, Lansons Health.
TogoRun, the health and wellbeing comms agency that is part of Omnicom Group, has hired Jonathan Kearney from Havas Life Medicom as a director.
Tonic Life Communications has been appointed as strategic comms partner for the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance), the not-for-profit alliance of organisations in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.
Beves, who joins Hanover in August, is currently a partner in Bell Pottinger's corporate and brand division.
Lexis has won the consumer PR business for luxury beauty brand Aromatherapy Associates, following a competitive pitch against four other agencies.
The New York office of Ruder Finn took home metal for its work on Novartis Vaccines' Bexsero brand in a steady showing for PR work at the second year of Cannes Health.
Blue Rubicon has beaten three agencies in a competitive pitch to land the strategic reputation brief for Asthma UK.
FTI Consulting has appointed scientist and analyst Dr Brett Pollard as a senior director in its life sciences team.
Antiseptic cream brand Sudocrem has brought in Orbital Media for a global social media brief following a non-competitive pitch.
Swiss medicine company Roche Diagnostics has appointed Insight Consulting Group (ICG) to manage its corporate PR, a contract previously held by Say Communications.
Virgin Care head of comms Russell Elliott has left to join health and education PR agency Salix & Co as its client services director.
Switzerland-based Ferring Pharmaceuticals has appointed Burson-Marsteller to provide global comms support across its key therapy brands following a pitch.
Pharmaceutical companies are increasingly turning to social media as a way of engaging with consumers, healthcare professionals and media, according to a report by Ogilvy Healthworld.
Healthcare company Bupa is looking for one or two UK agencies that have a global network, for a two-way brief involving reputation building and financial comms.
Healthcare comms has a role in tackling falling life expectancy in Western societies and creating a more joined-up care system.
Nudge theory is a useful tool in the public health armoury but the growth in chronic diseases will require more robust action.
Eliciting behaviour change through healthcare campaigns is an increasingly prevalent parameter of success - and for good reason.
The PR world has always had a large number of gay practitioners but support networks for this community remain notably absent.
Many international organisations still insist on seeing the Middle East as one big mass, but it is a mistake to parcel individual countries together too closely.
The success of the England team at the recent FIFA Women's World Cup has only further increased my ire because it highlights the great brand hypocrisy of our time: why aren't brands investing in women's sport?
I am not surprised at Tessa Jowell's appointment as Chime Specialist Group chair - social purpose has been one of the PR industry's worst kept secrets over the past few years, with the discovery that values are an incredibly important part of reputation and building relationships with consumers and stakeholders.
PRWeek and Women in PR have joined forces to relaunch the Mentoring Project, which is designed to encourage more female leaders in comms.
We have recently ceased working on a project. I'd like to say it was a mutual agreement brought about by creative differences, but that would be like saying we won't work for a tobacco company because we think cigarettes might be a bit unhealthy.
Media Officer East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust Melbourn, Royston
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Tim Rycroft, currently a PR director at Intercontinental Hotels Group and previously of Bell Pottinger, will become the Food and Drink Federation's corporate affairs director in September.
He succeeds Carol Cone, who left the position three months ago to start a collaborative consultancy.
Brian Hall, a former professional footballer for Liverpool who went on to lead the club's PR department for two decades, has died of leukaemia.
Consilium Strategic Communications has appointed Chris Gardner of Citigate Dewe Rogerson as partner.