NHS reforms trigger multiple MHP hires in its health division

MHP's health division has made a raft of new appointments as the agency adjusts to a changing landscape in healthcare comms.

Stephanie Bell: joins MHP as associate director
Stephanie Bell: joins MHP as associate director

Five hires have been made, triggered by the NHS reforms, including the senior appointment of Stephanie Bell as associate director from Weber Shandwick.

MHP Health MD Mike Birtwistle said the appointments were a response to the NHS shake-ups and supported by ‘exceptional’ growth at the agency in the past year.

‘With the NHS in the middle of the most significant reforms in its history, clients more than ever need high quality, policy-driven comms support,’ said Birtwistle. ‘These hires will enable us to meet this demand, while continuing to deliver business-critical issues.’

Also joining MHP are Isabel Arthur, as an account manager, from the MS Society, and Nicola Jacobs, as a consultant, from the National Aids Trust. Michael Speer and Sarah Dooly are also joining as consultants, from Breast Cancer Campaign and Citigate Dewe Rogerson respectively. The new recruits will be based in MHP’s London offices.

Commenting on her move, Bell, who was previously associate director at Weber Shandwick, said: ‘From access to cancer drugs, to important public health issues such as screening and tackling infectious diseases, I am looking forward to advising MHP’s wide range of charity, NHS and commercial clients.’

MHP Health has picked up several new clients this year including its appointment by Tunstall Healthcare Group, which specialises in remote services that monitor patients in their homes.

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