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Humanitarian crisis? Controversial British Red Cross statement on NHS improved its image, research finds

Humanitarian crisis? Controversial British Red Cross statement on NHS improved its image, research finds

The public's perception of the British Red Cross (BRC) improved after it said the NHS was facing a "humanitarian crisis", research for PRWeek sister title Third Sector shows.

Met tests readiness of both police and comms in dramatic anti-terror exercise on the Thames

Met tests readiness of both police and comms in dramatic anti-terror exercise on the Thames

The Metropolitan Police's comms team is preparing for the eventuality of dealing with a terror attack in London, including taking part in a dramatic terrorist hijacking and rescue staged on the River Thames on Sunday (19 March).

A comms budget cut by two thirds calls for more targeted campaigns, says NHS transplant service

A comms budget cut by two thirds calls for more targeted campaigns, says NHS transplant service

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is taking a more targeted approach to its comms, in response to significantly reduced resources, PRWeek can reveal.

MPs' probe of comms salary spend reveals changing fortunes of Government departments

MPs' probe of comms salary spend reveals changing fortunes of Government departments

Some government comms teams have shrunk from significant cuts while others have grown bigger, according to recently released figures provided to MPs - triggering criticism of Whitehall departments that have not reduced the amount they spend on comms.

'I'm sorry' - Google chief apologises as more public sector bodies and brands speak out on extremist ads scandal

'I'm sorry' - Google chief apologises as more public sector bodies and brands speak out on extremist ads scandal

The EMEA boss of Google has offered an apology to public and private sector advertisers in a growing row over ads appearing next to extremist videos on YouTube.

Holding back the tide: How one county council is using comms to combat flooding

Holding back the tide: How one county council is using comms to combat flooding

West Sussex County Council has employed PR techniques to raise awareness among 159 local councils and nearly a million people within its boundaries about access to an online mapping tool to protect themselves from flooding.

Government meets with Google over 'totally unacceptable' YouTube issues

Government meets with Google over 'totally unacceptable' YouTube issues

Google bosses have apologised and promised improvements after being hauled into the Cabinet Office following a Times investigation which found that Government campaigns had appeared alongside extremist videos on YouTube.

'Hi George, just checking you got my press release' - PR industry reacts to Osborne's Evening Standard appointment

'Hi George, just checking you got my press release' - PR industry reacts to Osborne's Evening Standard appointment

The PR world has reacted with shock, intrigue and, of course, humour to the surprise appointment of George Osborne as editor of the London Evening Standard.

Did the Chancellor drop the ball with NICs u-turn? PR pros give their view

Did the Chancellor drop the ball with NICs u-turn? PR pros give their view

Philip Hammond's embarrassing climb down over National Insurance Contributions has harmed his credibility and shows the government's wariness about angering its own MPs during a critical period, comms pros have told PRWeek.

NHS Blood and Transplant hires former government comms chief

NHS Blood and Transplant hires former government comms chief

NHS Blood and Transplant has appointed Steve Park as its new assistant director of comms.

Case Study: Drone code awareness leaps by 50 per cent following CAA safety campaign

Case Study: Drone code awareness leaps by 50 per cent following CAA safety campaign

The biggest ever public safety campaign by the Civil Aviation Authority promoting responsible use of drones has seen public awareness of its drone code rise by 50 per cent just a few months after launch, according to the regulator.

Local authority seeks partner to raise awareness of 'park and ride' scheme

Local authority seeks partner to raise awareness of 'park and ride' scheme

Converting car drivers to bus passengers will be a priority for the comms team at the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) in the coming months, with the launch of a campaign to support its park-and-ride scheme.

Power Book public sector pros on the best campaigns, worst reputations and their music of choice

Power Book public sector pros on the best campaigns, worst reputations and their music of choice

Hilary Clinton, Mike Ashley and Sir Phillip Green are among those who have managed their reputations the most poorly in the last 12 months, according to public sector entrants in PRWeek's Power Book.

Reports of 'death of the press release' greatly exaggerated, PRWeek analysis finds

Reports of 'death of the press release' greatly exaggerated, PRWeek analysis finds

The death of the press release, announced by government comms chief Alex Aiken four years ago, appears to have been greatly exaggerated, according to a PRWeek analysis of documents sent out by ministerial departments.

Opinion and features

So, you want my job? Senior media officer for select committees at the House of Commons

So, you want my job? Senior media officer for select committees at the House of Commons

PRWeek takes a sidelong look at recruitment in public sector comms. Do you fancy Nicholas Davies' job as senior media and comms officer for select committees at the House of Commons?

The comms conundrum of railway policy: the more you sell it, the worse it gets

The comms conundrum of railway policy: the more you sell it, the worse it gets

A painful paradox lies at the heart of the Government's rail policy - an anomaly that is tarnishing some of the biggest brands in the transport sector.

The Brexit Diaries - Week 11: Will Brexit break up the UK?

The Brexit Diaries - Week 11: Will Brexit break up the UK?

PRWeek has partnered with insight and strategy consultancy BritainThinks in a unique project to take the temperature of both leave and remain voters in the run-up to Article 50 being triggered.

The Brexit Diaries - Week 10: Five key insights as Article 50 looms

The Brexit Diaries - Week 10: Five key insights as Article 50 looms

PRWeek has partnered with insight and strategy consultancy BritainThinks in a unique project to take the temperature of both leave and remain voters in the run-up to Article 50 being triggered.

For better or worse, #indyref2 is a 'news sponge' for Scottish public sector comms

For better or worse, #indyref2 is a 'news sponge' for Scottish public sector comms

Everyone in comms knows what a 'news sponge' is - a story or event that soaks up every ounce of available attention.

So, you want my job? Press & PR executive at Warwick Business School

So, you want my job? Press & PR executive at Warwick Business School

PRWeek takes a sidelong look at recruitment in public sector comms. Do you fancy Ashley Potter's job as press & PR executive at Warwick Business School?

Bishop's resignation shows some didn't get the memo on 'mutual flourishing' of men and women in the Church

Bishop's resignation shows some didn't get the memo on 'mutual flourishing' of men and women in the Church

You would be forgiven if you had failed to note the recent news that the soon to be Bishop of Sheffield has decided to step down from the post before officially taking it up.

Healthcare comms has the power to call out the charlatans

Healthcare comms has the power to call out the charlatans

When people are manipulating the truth for political ends, healthcare communicators must debunk the myths and call out the charlatans

Mental Wealth: Spring clean your mental health with these five tips

Mental Wealth: Spring clean your mental health with these five tips

Spring cleaning is not just a good exercise for your home, it can also be a useful tool for maintaining your mental health

Profile: Katie Perrior - why Downing Street's first lady of comms is a break from the past

Profile: Katie Perrior - why Downing Street's first lady of comms is a break from the past

With a 'down-to-earth' but 'determined' style, Downing Street's first female director of comms Katie Perrior has the credentials to keep warring Conservatives in line while promoting Theresa May's Brexit and equality agendas.

So, you want my job? Comms Officer for Derbyshire NHS Trust

So, you want my job? Comms Officer for Derbyshire NHS Trust

PRWeek takes a sidelong look at recruitment in public sector comms. Do you fancy Ashley Toon's role as comms officer for Derbyshire NHS Trust?

Recent public sector people moves

Prime Minister's spokeswoman and deputy spokesman both leaving Number 10

Prime Minister's spokeswoman and deputy spokesman both leaving Number 10

Both Helen Bower and Greg Swift, respectively the spokesperson and deputy spokesperson to the Prime Minister, are leaving their roles, PRWeek understands.

U.S. COO Nicole Cornish exits Burson-Marsteller

U.S. COO Nicole Cornish exits Burson-Marsteller

She joined the firm in 2002, then rose through the ranks at Burson and grassroots agency Direct Impact.

Toby Orr to leave Portland for comms director role at Department for International Trade

Toby Orr to leave Portland for comms director role at Department for International Trade

Portland senior partner Toby Orr is to leave the agency to become director of communications at the Government's Department for International Trade.

Brunswick takes on Cameron aide and peer to advise on recruitment

Brunswick takes on Cameron aide and peer to advise on recruitment

Baroness Fall, a member of the House of Lords and for six years a senior aide to former PM David Cameron, has joined the UK's second-largest PR firm in a role focused on recruitment.

Newgate Communications takes Bell Pottinger veteran David Telling for senior role

Newgate Communications takes Bell Pottinger veteran David Telling for senior role

David Telling, formerly a partner at Bell Pottinger, has been appointed by Newgate Communications to expand its geopolitical and corporate client portfolio.

M&C Saatchi picks new comms director for UK Government counter extremism brief

M&C Saatchi picks new comms director for UK Government counter extremism brief

The creative agency M&C Saatchi has recruited Ros Trinick, currently of public affairs agency PLMR, to lead comms work for its major Home Office counter extremism brief.

Madano hires ex-John Prescott private secretary Chris Parr as director

Madano hires ex-John Prescott private secretary Chris Parr as director

Madano has appointed Chris Parr, John Prescott's former private secretary and Bell Pottinger veteran, as director of its built environment and professional services business.