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News and news analysis

Burson-Marsteller picks up Ferring Pharmaceuticals global comms account

Switzerland-based Ferring Pharmaceuticals has appointed Burson-Marsteller to provide global comms support across its key therapy brands following a pitch.

Pharma companies turn to social media to improve corporate reputations

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.

Bupa reviews contract with Brunswick as it puts out reputation building and financial comms brief

Bupa reviews contract with Brunswick as it puts out reputation building and financial comms brief

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.

Mental health groups demand more responsible media coverage after Germanwings crash

Mental health groups demand more responsible media coverage after Germanwings crash

They say coverage of the crash can lead to witch hunts of people dealing with mental-health issues in the workplace.

Nuffield Health calls in Hopscotch for teenage education programme

Nuffield Health calls in Hopscotch for teenage education programme

UK health charity Nuffield Health has appointed Hopscotch Consulting for a nationwide secondary schools programme to tackle teenage health issues.

Road Communications wins four-way pitch for Scope Ophthalmics

Road Communications wins four-way pitch for Scope Ophthalmics

Scope Ophthalmics has appointed Road Communications to provide PR support for its branded range of prescription and over-the-counter medicines.

Former Tonic Life MD Stéphanie Bunten launches Iris Life with colleague

Former Tonic Life MD Stéphanie Bunten launches Iris Life with colleague

Former Tonic Life London managing director Stéphanie Bunten and associate director Lee-Ann Cameron have launched a boutique health comms agency, called Iris Life Communications.

Smarts Illuminate picks up digital marketing briefs following rebrand

Smarts Illuminate picks up digital marketing briefs following rebrand

Smarts Illuminate has won two digital accounts, including working with the NHS for Baywater Healthcare, following its rebrand at the end of last year.

J&J redesigns news center to tell visual stories in real time

J&J redesigns news center to tell visual stories in real time

The visually enhanced J&J News Center is geared at media, consumers, staffers, and stakeholders.

Cicero hires Baxter's Fiona Cohen to head new healthcare practice, eyes expansion

Cicero hires Baxter's Fiona Cohen to head new healthcare practice, eyes expansion

Cicero Group has appointed Fiona Cohen, former senior comms director of global healthcare company Baxter, to head its new healthcare practice.

Freuds attacked for promoting fast-food giants alongside Government's obesity campaign

Freuds attacked for promoting fast-food giants alongside Government's obesity campaign

Reports suggest Freuds is receiving millions of pounds to promote junk food while managing the Government's health contract, including its anti-obesity campaign Change4Life.

Tonic Life makes three hires to boost digital offering

Tonic Life makes three hires to boost digital offering

Tonic Life Communications, part of Huntsworth Health, has made three new hires following the recent appointment of global CEO Mary Smiddy.

Just Health to open second London office

Healthcare specialist Just Health Communications is to open a second office, in Southwark, to house its growing team.

Sports nutrition brand Monkey Nutrition hires Rich Leigh & Co

Sports nutrition brand Monkey Nutrition has hired Rich Leigh & Co as its first PR agency.

Royal College of Surgeons promotes Simon Edwards to comms director

The Royal College of Surgeons has promoted Simon Edwards to director of comms following the departure of Jo Revill.

Opinion and features

Marketing has become PR

Marketing has become PR

Digital and social media have made marketing communications virtually synonymous with PR, according to speakers at the PRWeek PR360 summit in central London this week.

PRWeek Global Awards 2015: In pictures

PRWeek Global Awards 2015: In pictures

Check out our gallery from the PRWeek Global Awards 2015, hosted at the Park Lane Hotel.

Should companies get involved in general elections?

Should companies get involved in general elections?

A few weeks ago, I was with the head of a medium-sized firm when he was asked to sign a letter to a national newspaper in support of a political party.

Showcase: The ManVan

Showcase: The ManVan

Prostate Cancer UK teamed up with fellow charities Tenovus and the Movember Foundation for its innovative ManVan campaign.

Mental ill-health: It's time for us to grow up and talk about this problem in PR

Mental ill-health: It's time for us to grow up and talk about this problem in PR

When I read the PR Week/PRCA survey on Mental Wellbeing, I did so with a sense of relief.

Mental wealth: Physical contact is critical to curing life's stresses

Mental wealth: Physical contact is critical to curing life's stresses

The fear factor is never far away, leading us to distract and comfort ourselves when we should be comforting each other.

Why looking down is killing creativity in PR

Why looking down is killing creativity in PR

The historian Simon Schama said in The Guardian recently that we have become the "look down" generation.

No, no, trust me: the purpose of PR is dead

No, no, trust me: the purpose of PR is dead

Gosh, what a load of hand-wringing fuss about Robert Phillips' book Trust Me, PR is Dead.

How and why to campaign on your organisation's reputation

How and why to campaign on your organisation's reputation

Trust is earned when reputation becomes central to every business decision, but it is a job that requires constant refinement and evolution.

Recent healthcare people moves

MHP appoints Kate Pogson as director among raft of senior hires

MHP appoints Kate Pogson as director among raft of senior hires

MHP Communications has hired Kate Pogson as a director.

Virgo Health hires Tom Griffiths as head of digital

Virgo Health hires Tom Griffiths as head of digital

Healthcare agency Virgo Health has appointed Tom Griffiths as head of digital from Care UK.

Outside Organisation hires former Hearst Magazines PR manager Robin Invest

Outside Organisation hires former Hearst Magazines PR manager Robin Invest

Entertainment PR company the Outside Organisation has hired Robin Invest, the former senior PR manager at Hearst Magazines, as a senior account director.

Bulmer departs Shell for CMO role at Tribal Planet

Bulmer departs Shell for CMO role at Tribal Planet

He started as the technology company's first marketing chief on Wednesday.