|Job title:||Writer, editor and proofreader|
I provide a variety of editorial support to help clients produce high-quality written content for print or online publication. This content might be for patient information for target groups, health and care advice for the public, guidance for health and care professionals – including frontline practitioners, senior clinicians and managers – to support improved ways of working and individual development, case studies to share good practice, policy and strategy documents to help implement better practice at national, regional and local level, and corporate information to send clear messages to stakeholders and support compliance with guidelines and legislation.
My support might involve carrying out interviews and research to develop the initial draft, gathering information from different sources to create a coherent, well-structured document, editing text to ensure it is clear, complete, readable and relevant, and proofreading the final version to check for errors and consistency. I can advise on editorial style and contribute to wider discussions on communication and engagement.
Skills and experience
I am former journalist and PR and internal communications manager. Since becoming a freelance writer, editor and proofreader in 2001, I have helped produce patient, public, professional and corporate information for NHS, independent and third sector health and social care providers, local and central government, professional bodies and regulators. I have shown I have the ability to gain a rapid understanding of a health or care-related topic and the wider context, apply this to sifting complex materials, such as research, policy and strategy documents, and ask pertinent and productive questions to fully explore a topic and grasp underlying issues.
Qualifications and awards
I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (at professional level) and the National Union of Journalists. I follow their codes of practice, particularly in relation to confidentiality and privacy, equality and diversity, and data security. As part of my continuing professional development (CPD), I attend webinars, short courses and events on relevant topics such as health literacy, co-production of health information, challenges for public sector communications, data protection, online editing and using plain English.