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Good Relations to expand health team after hiring Red's joint healthcare MD

Good Relations to expand health team after hiring Red's joint healthcare MD

Sophie Taylor-Roberts has left The Red Consultancy to form a new health-and-wellbeing practice at Good Relations.

Porter Novelli wins lucrative multi-year CSR brief with Johnson & Johnson

Porter Novelli wins lucrative multi-year CSR brief with Johnson & Johnson

Porter Novelli has been appointed to lead a new global CSR brief for pharma and consumer goods giant Johnson & Johnson, as the company faces a major reputation challenge in the US.

PRs baffled by Robert Mugabe's role as WHO ambassador - but at least the U-turn was quick

PRs baffled by Robert Mugabe's role as WHO ambassador - but at least the U-turn was quick

PR professionals have expressed shock at the World Health Organization's announcement of Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador - but praised the body's quick change of heart.

Singing pills front £2m Public Health England campaign to tackle antibiotic resistance

Singing pills front £2m Public Health England campaign to tackle antibiotic resistance

Public Health England today launches a major integrated campaign, entitled 'Keep Antibiotics Working', to warn people that taking antibiotics when they are not needed risks their personal health and that of humanity as a whole.

In brief: Health Unlimited relocates, APCO and One hire, Volpa's Scottish brief

In brief: Health Unlimited relocates, APCO and One hire, Volpa's Scottish brief

Health Unlimited is relocating to central London, APCO Worldwide hires in Brussels, Volpa handed £44,000 Scottish town brief and more from PRWeek UK.

NHS Blood and Transplant reveals blood and organ donation brief

NHS Blood and Transplant reveals blood and organ donation brief

NHS Blood and Transplant has issued a brief for creative, media and PR for its blood and organ donation activity.

New CEO of Healthcare Comms Association offers free membership to charities

New CEO of Healthcare Comms Association offers free membership to charities

The new chief executive of the Healthcare Communications Association is inviting charities to join the members body for free, saying the third sector plays an "essential role" in improving patient outcomes.

Policy calls, a hire from No. 10, free vapes: 'alt tobacco' lobby lights up Tory conference

Policy calls, a hire from No. 10, free vapes: 'alt tobacco' lobby lights up Tory conference

Companies providing alternatives to conventional cigarettes have been trying to put the regulations on the vaping and e-cigarette industry on radar at the Conservative Party Conference this week.

In brief: Reay-Smith joins 3MZ, 'ethical Uber' hires Milk & Honey, Iain Anderson's fintech role, DfT man joins Social

In brief: Reay-Smith joins 3MZ, 'ethical Uber' hires Milk & Honey, Iain Anderson's fintech role, DfT man joins Social

Ogilvy's Reay-Smith joins 3MZ, Milk & Honey flags 'ethical Uber alternative', Iain Anderson takes fintech role and more from PRWeek UK

Virtual healthcare agency Mearns & Pike launched by ex-Medtronic and Havas duo

Virtual healthcare agency Mearns & Pike launched by ex-Medtronic and Havas duo

Former Havas Just:: director Kirsty Mearns and Medtronic's former UK comms lead Jon Pike have combined to launch healthcare specialist Mearns & Pike.

Watch: Psychiatry body kicks off first recruitment campaign with emotive film

Watch: Psychiatry body kicks off first recruitment campaign with emotive film

The Royal College of Psychiatrists and its new comms team have kicked off a six-week student recruitment campaign, a first for the body, with a national media push and an emotive film voiced by patient testimony.

Edelman veteran Ann Bartling to lead EU business of Huntsworth's Tonic Life

Edelman veteran Ann Bartling to lead EU business of Huntsworth's Tonic Life

Ann Bartling has joined Tonic Life Communications as EU managing director, nearly a year after ending her 13-year stint at Edelman.

Boots and charity in bitter legal clash over emergency contraception campaign

Boots and charity in bitter legal clash over emergency contraception campaign

A charity providing abortion services has said it is "extremely saddened" to have received two legal letters from Boots asking it to cease campaigning activities around the retailer's pricing and statements on emergency contraceptives.

In brief: Zaha signs for SoapBox, JPES wins BlueBay, Fromental hires Alpha Kilo

Zaha signs for SoapBox, JPES wins BlueBay, Fromental hires Alpha Kilo for PR and more from PRWeek UK.

Johnson & Johnson's Meyer moves to Medtronic

Johnson & Johnson's Meyer moves to Medtronic

Amy Jo Meyer served as senior director and financial and M&A comms leader at Johnson & Johnson.

Opinion and features

Do we need women-only clubs to foster female entrepreneurs in PR?

Do we need women-only clubs to foster female entrepreneurs in PR?

As we celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week this week, it's as good a time as any to reflect on the fact that I've been an entrepreneur for 15 years.

Paying the 'Living Wage' is one of the keys to unlocking diversity in PR

Paying the 'Living Wage' is one of the keys to unlocking diversity in PR

This week is Living Wage Week, when businesses large and small across the country raise awareness of their commitments to pay all staff a Living Wage.

What to expect when you hire a PR graduate

What to expect when you hire a PR graduate

After three years of studying a PR degree, I finally made it into PR - but do employers know what to expect from the grads they bring in?

Three reasons why PR should start with a problem, not a headline

Three reasons why PR should start with a problem, not a headline

PR has evolved hugely over the years, for the better in my opinion, but old habits die hard and when consumers have an incredibly short attention span (I include myself here), there's no time for fluff.

What you see is what you get: Why LGBT+ visibility in comms remains vital

What you see is what you get: Why LGBT+ visibility in comms remains vital

Last week, the Financial Times released its OUTstanding list of the 100 most influential LGBT+ leaders in business.

Five ways to fast-track graduates... for their benefit and yours

Five ways to fast-track graduates... for their benefit and yours

The PR industry is unique in the sense that it's the people who matter. The success of an agency or consultancy is almost 100 per cent dependent on the people within it.

If you're 'bored of diversity' in the creative industries, you're bored of what fuels brilliant work

If you're 'bored of diversity' in the creative industries, you're bored of what fuels brilliant work

What a weekus horribilus for Justin Tindall. It all started on a yellow-skied Tuesday when Campaign pressed 'publish' on a piece in which he claimed he was "bored of diversity being prioritised over talent".

The problem with the Today programme: Damned if you do, damned if you don't

The problem with the Today programme: Damned if you do, damned if you don't

I love the Today programme. I adore the Today programme. I listen to the Today programme every morning. It's my anchor in the stormy sea of current affairs; the light that leads the way in the gloom of the early morning.

Let's talk about disability in PR: Disabled employees are a nearly untouched pool of talent

Let's talk about disability in PR: Disabled employees are a nearly untouched pool of talent

Since being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of eight, I have always been hyper-aware of how it differentiated me from my peers.

Recent healthcare people moves

In brief: Axon and Madano owner gears up for growth, Launch sent on Quest, BARB brings Bromley on board

Axon and Madano owner gears up for growth, Launch sent on Quest, BARB brings Bromley on board and more from PRWeek UK.

In brief: Deezer hires Good Relations, Powerscourt fits Footasylum, health hires at Hanover and Lexington

Deezer hires Good Relations, Powerscourt fits Footasylum brief, health hires at Hanover and Lexington and more from PRWeek UK.

Ex-Ogilvy & Mather director Michele O'Neill joins Edelman UK as global strategy partner

Ex-Ogilvy & Mather director Michele O'Neill joins Edelman UK as global strategy partner

VCCP Sydney's Michele O'Neill, a former global planning director at Ogilvy & Mather, has been appointed global strategy partner at Edelman UK and Ireland.

In brief: M&C Saatchi lands Turkish Airlines, MPA hires two sportsmen, Hoover Candy hires comms lead

In brief: M&C Saatchi lands Turkish Airlines, MPA hires two sportsmen, Hoover Candy hires comms lead

Turkish Airlines appoints M&C Saatchi PR, MPA adds racing driver and football boss to board, Tin Man handed periods brief and more from PRWeek UK.