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Who are the 30 Under 30 entrants from health comms?

Who are the 30 Under 30 entrants from health comms?

PRWeek’s annual 30 Under 30 list showcases the industry leaders of the future, but who are this year’s entrants from the healthcare sector?

Pharma firm hires charity policy specialist to lead government affairs

Pharma firm hires charity policy specialist to lead government affairs

Pharma firm Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) has appointed charity public affairs specialist Jagtar Dhanda as its policy advocacy and government affairs manager.

Exclusive: WHO concerned by Big Tobacco-funded foundation’s 'aggressive PR effort' during COVID-19 pandemic

Exclusive: WHO concerned by Big Tobacco-funded foundation’s 'aggressive PR effort' during COVID-19 pandemic

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that a “front group” for the tobacco industry and its PR agencies are taking advantage of the coronavirus to fund research on tobacco users.

Rankin celebrates ‘incredible’ NHS staff with portrait series for anniversary campaign

Rankin celebrates ‘incredible’ NHS staff with portrait series for anniversary campaign

Fashion photographer and director Rankin has captured a range of powerful portraits of NHS staff who have been working throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in a campaign launched today to celebrate the service's 'birthday'.

Behavioural science informs agency's mental-health campaign for NHS

Behavioural science informs agency's mental-health campaign for NHS

NHS South East London Clinical Commissioning Group has launched a summer campaign, driven by behavioural insights, to tell people about the mental-health resources on offer during the pandemic.

Health agency founder launches standalone ethics and compliance firm

Health agency founder launches standalone ethics and compliance firm

Makara Health founder Louise Sharp and regulatory affairs specialist Dr Nick Broughton have launched a pharmaceutical ethics and compliance education agency called Ethos.

Fresenius Medical Care appoints agency for comms and social brief

Fresenius Medical Care appoints agency for comms and social brief

Fresenius Medical Care UK, a private provider of kidney health services, has appointed Stand Agency to provide comms and social-media services.

Exclusive: MHP to offer health clients access to behavioural science partnership

Exclusive: MHP to offer health clients access to behavioural science partnership

Engine MHP and Mischief have announced a partnership with behavioural science consultancy Influence at Work to create a new offer for health clients.

Senior government comms officer moves to health sciences centre

Senior government comms officer moves to health sciences centre

King’s Health Partners has appointed former senior government press officer Syeda Hasnain as its head of communications.

Exclusive: Portland’s health chief departs after six years in post

Exclusive: Portland’s health chief departs after six years in post

Dr Jane Brearley, Portland’s head of health in the UK, has left the agency and will take time out from her career to consider how the PR industry can “do so much better” before deciding her next move, PRWeek has learned.

Swiss health-tech firm calls in UK agency support

Swiss health-tech firm calls in UK agency support

Evergreen PR has been appointed by Swiss health-tech company Vtuls following a competitive pitch.

Exclusive: MHP Health appoints MSL’s former health MD to patient advocacy role

Exclusive: MHP Health appoints MSL’s former health MD to patient advocacy role

MHP Health has appointed Alison Dunlop, former managing director of MSL UK’s health practice, as a senior director in its patient advocacy team.

Porter Novelli UK co-MD Nicole Yost joins BCW in senior healthcare role

Porter Novelli UK co-MD Nicole Yost joins BCW in senior healthcare role

Former Porter Novelli co-MD Nicole Yost has joined BCW in the new role of MD of healthcare business transformation.

Has the Government’s decision to back Dominic Cummings ‘trashed’ its own public health message?

Has the Government’s decision to back Dominic Cummings ‘trashed’ its own public health message?

The furore over Dominic Cummings’ journey to Durham and his subsequent excursions during the height of the lockdown measures shows little sign of abating after revelations first emerged on Friday night.

Exclusive: British Transplant Games reappoints agency for three years as donation law changes

Exclusive: British Transplant Games reappoints agency for three years as donation law changes

Liquid has been reappointed to raise the profile of the Westfield Health British Transplant Games (BTG) and awareness of organ donation for a further three years.

Opinion and features

'There is no better way to charge your own ideas' - What Inspires Me with Pegasus' Corrina Safeio

'There is no better way to charge your own ideas' - What Inspires Me with Pegasus' Corrina Safeio

Pegasus' managing director discusses what gets her creative juices flowing.

All Zoomed out: why it’s time to call time on ‘overcommunication’

All Zoomed out: why it’s time to call time on ‘overcommunication’

‘Overcommunication’ has been one of the leadership buzzwords of the coronavirus crisis, but for many in the industry it's an approach that contributes to burnout.

When the next crisis comes, my generation of PRs will be in demand

When the next crisis comes, my generation of PRs will be in demand

COVID-19 has had profound consequences for PR professionals at the start their careers, but we will be the first port of call for businesses and leaders when the next crisis comes.

To open the doors to staff or not: that is the question for agencies

To open the doors to staff or not: that is the question for agencies

For nearly four months, the PR industry has been working from home pretty successfully. That has no doubt made a lot of businesses think about whether they should ever open their doors again.

Eight ways to improve BAME representation in PR, from NHS comms professionals

Eight ways to improve BAME representation in PR, from NHS comms professionals

My name is Shakeel, but many people know me as Shak.

It’s time the industry stopped telling us we’re ‘not the right fit’

It’s time the industry stopped telling us we’re ‘not the right fit’

A big part of the racism issue in the PR industry is the fixation on ‘fit’.

How will COVID-19 affect the future of comms on clinical trials and R&D?

How will COVID-19 affect the future of comms on clinical trials and R&D?

The impact of COVID-19 on people’s physical and mental health is being well documented, even though many of the effects will become visible only over time.

Black Lives Matter and the diversity of British PR: A collective call to action

Black Lives Matter and the diversity of British PR: A collective call to action

The Black Lives Matter protests, which began in the US following the death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis Police before spreading around the world, have sparked conversations about racism in every sector and strata of society, including PR.

'Old assumptions need to be constantly revisited' - Behind the Campaign with Manversation

'Old assumptions need to be constantly revisited' - Behind the Campaign with Manversation

Adam Hayes, associate creative director at Pegasus, discusses the agency's Manversation campaign against prostate cancer for Bayer.

Recent healthcare people moves

WPI hires former PWC corporate affairs director to lead post-COVID project

WPI hires former PWC corporate affairs director to lead post-COVID project

Political and research consultancy WPI Strategy has hired Anna Wallace, a former corporate affairs director for professional services giant PWC, as an associate.

Edelman hires ex-MP Luciana Berger

Edelman hires ex-MP Luciana Berger

Former Labour Party frontbench MP Luciana Berger has joined Edelman UK to lead its advocacy and public affairs team.

Courts & Tribunals service names new comms chief

Courts & Tribunals service names new comms chief

Georgia Jerram will replace Ed Owen as director of comms at HM Courts & Tribunals Services (HMCTS) when he leaves in July, PRWeek has learned.

Movers & Shakers: Weber Shandwick, Agent Provocateur, Ogilvy, H+K, Ketchum and more

Movers & Shakers: Weber Shandwick, Agent Provocateur, Ogilvy, H+K, Ketchum and more

PRWeek's weekly roundup of industry hires, departures and promotions.