Health writing has to be clear, evidence based and well structured. But it also needs to speak with warmth, understanding and humanity. We pull together hard skills (writing copy that is technically and factually correct) with soft skills (using understanding and compassion to write materials that are truly person centred). The result? Materials that go beyond simply providing information, to make a positive difference to people’s lives.
A guide for parents of children diagnosed with brain or spinal cancer published by the Child Cancer and Leukemia Group (CCLG), drawing on in depth interviews with parents (quoted throughout) about their experiences and what they wish they’d known at the time.
Highly commended, BMA Medical Awards 2017
The judges said:
"This is a difficult subject to condense into a booklet of use to a wide audience, but the authors have done this very well… I particularly liked the emphasis on quality of life issues for the parents as well as the child patient.
Quotes from parents and images of child patients are a running theme throughout this publication and I believe will be as much help to the parents as the medical information listed... they give hope and explain the personal perspective on a situation that would be every parent’s nightmare."
Writing blurbs and selecting audio teasers for audio telling the stories people in healthcare, from nurses to policymakers and parent carers to porters
A series of case studies for the Point of Care Foundation exploring the outcomes and challenges of running a co-design project with patients, to improve services
Developing new messages about cancer services at Guys and St Thomas', drawing on indepth interviews with the senior management team
Writing this short guide, drawing on interviews with leading thinkers in the field spanning philosophy, health policy and quality improvement. One reader described it as 'a fabulous resource; concise, accessible, balanced and realistic. Mandatory reading for all who plan, fund and provide health and social care’.