In 2010 I won Counsel and Care's Older People in the Media award for a feature on dementia in The Times. I was shortlisted for the Excellence in Oncology journalism award in 2009. In 2007, my feature Striking at the Heart of the Young' on sudden death from heart disease in young people, was runner up in the Consumer Feature section of the Guild of Health Writers Awards. In 2006 I was named Health Journalist of the Year by the Patients' Association.
In addition to my journalism, I have written consumer information materials for Government departments, health authorities and others, and carried out press office work for charities and NGOs. An innovative workbook on managing diabetes which I wrote for Resonant Media helped the company win the prestigious BMA Patient Information Award - Resource of the Year 2011.
Over the past few years, I have developed my media training skills, placing the emphasis on how communications teams can deliver what health journalists really want.
I am vice-president and former chair of the Guild of Health Writers and am registered with the Media Trust.