He will head a team of five, with responsibility for all media and PR, royal liaison and presence at conferences and events. Ranchod replaces Sam Heath, who has joined the Cabinet Office as chief press officer.
Time to Change, the mental health anti-stigma campaign, has launched two films to change public perception that people with schizophrenia are violent. The films say people with mental illness get better faster and for longer when they have support from friends and family.
English Federation of Disability Sport has embarked on a campaign with Typhoo Tea that aims to improve access to sport for people with disabilities. Ex-footballer Sir Geoff Hurst is fronting the campaign and will appeal to people in the industry to receive free training and accreditation to teach sport to those with disabilities. Cirkle is handling the media.
The British Lung Foundation has started an online community to provide support for people who are too sick to attend support groups. Director of comms David Horton said the forums will allow people to be more open about their concerns anonymously.