Reporting on our health services
WhenThursday 11 April 2013
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The NUJ is offering a unique opportunity for reporters and journalism students to join a panel of leading health journalists working across broadcasting, print and training, for a practical, informative and interactive session on reporting on our health services.
On the panel will be:
- Branwen Jeffreys, BBC health correspondent.
- Shaun Lintern, who helped break the story of the Mid-Staffs scandal as a reporter for the local Express & Star, and now works at the Health Service Journal.
- Paul Bradshaw, a senior lecturer in online journalism at Birmingham University, who runs a blog/project Help Me Investigate.
- John Lister, senior lecturer in health journalism at Coventry University and director of London Health Emergency.
This is a challenging time to report on the NHS. Its entire structure is about to change with the full roll-out of the Health & Social Care Act early in April. Primary Care Trusts and Strategic Health Authorities are being wound up. Both are public bodies, meeting in public, publishing their board papers, and with established links with their local media.
New bodies – Clinical Commissioning Groups holding budgets at local level, and a national NHS Commissioning Board, with a network of regional offices – take their place. Some have yet to establish similar links with local media.
There will be new Health Watch organisations, Health & Wellbeing Boards, and council Health Oversight & Scrutiny Committees.
Some will publish more than others. How will you keep track of events in your area?
Financial pressures, local reorganisations and the failures in care at Mid Staffordshire Hospitals documented in the Francis report are all keeping the NHS high on the agenda of public concerns.
The public rely on us journalists to focus their concerns and demand answers.
Join our platform of experts to hear what they know and have been able to find out about accessing information on the reorganised NHS.
You can share up-to-date information, exchange experiences and tips, and enjoy a discussion with colleagues.
Journalists – whether health specialists or generalists – and journalism students all welcome.
Please register to attend using the link below.