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Masterclass on reporting the NHS


Thursday 19 March 2015


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Headland House, 308-312 Gray's Inn Rd, London WC1X 8DP (fifth floor)



Keeping health reporting healthy


The NHS is yielding the biggest and most controversial stories approaching the election in May.

That’s no surprise: the NHS is something everyone has an opinion on and politicians know how important it is for voters. Yet increasingly, reporters and PRs are ‘given’  the health brief to cover with little training and no resources, or are called on to turn health stories around in less time, whatever the complexity and  the spin added by political advisers. This makes it more difficult to get things right and spot what is going on.

This Masterclass is aimed at helping anyone who has to cover health so they can avoid the pitfalls and use the best available sources. For the non-specialist and specialist alike, it will guide people on how to navigate the maze that is the NHS and get the best health stories. It is also an opportunity to discuss health reporting and ethics.

Speakers include:

  • Andrew Gregory, health editor, The Mirror
  • Shaun Lintern, senior reporter on the Health Service Journal and one of the reporters who broke the Mid Staffs scandal
  • Professor Allyson Pollock, health policy expert, on NHS privatisation and the NHS Reinstatement Bill
  • Dr John Lister – veteran campaigner, London Health Emergency, authority on health policy
  • Caroline Molloy – editor, Our NHS/Open Democracy

The meeting will be chaired by Alan Taman, PRCC member and Birmingham & Coventry Chair, a former NHS PR and now researcher and campaigner on health journalism and health PR ethics.

The Masterclass is open to all and is free.


Further details and contact information

Alan Taman
Telephone: 07870 757 309

Tags: , health journalism, training, nhs, professional