Types of membership

Full membership – Annual fee £50

For professional writers/authors/commissioning editors in any medium, who spend the majority of their working time covering health issues and who uphold the aims of the Guild of Health Writers. The benefits include free or special discounted entry to Guild events, listing in and free copy of Guild Membership Directory along with a free copy of our bi-monthly newsletter. Voting rights are available to Full Members only. Members should declare any commercial interests on their application form and agree to abide by the Constitution of the Guild of Health Writers and its Code of Ethics, and to support its Aims and Objectives.

Associate Membership – Annual fee £50

For professionals in other fields, e.g. medical practitioners/therapists who are also established writers/authors/broadcasters, or journalists in any medium who spend a significant part of their time on health and medical matters. The benefits include free or discounted entry to Guild events, listing in and free copy of Guild Membership Directory, free copy of the Newsletter. Associate Members should declare any commercial interests on their application form and agree to abide by the Constitution of the Guild of Health Writers and its Code of Ethics, and to support its Aims and Objectives.

How to apply for full/associate membership

  1. Complete every section of the application form:Membership Application Form
  1. Ask an existing member who knows your work to sign your application. If you do not know an existing member, simply send your application form to the administrator together with samples of work, see 3.
  2. Return the form with three samples of work published or broadcast within the last 6 months together with a cheque for £50 made payable to the Guild of Health Writers.

Your application will be considered at the next meeting of the Guild Committee. Cheques will not be banked until membership is confirmed.

THE GUILD COMMITTEE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REFUSE OR REVOKE MEMBERSHIP.

Student membership – Annual fee £12

For full-time students studying journalism who may wish to specialise in health and medical matters. The benefits include free or special low fee entry to Guild events and a free copy of the Newsletter. Student Members should declare any commercial interests on their application form and agree to abide by the Constitution of the Guild of Health Writers and its Code of Ethics, and to support its Aims and Objectives.

How to apply for student membership

  1. Complete every section of the application form: GHW Student Membership

Guild of Health Writers student membership form (111 K)

  1. Return the form, together with a cheque for £12 made payable to the Guild of Health Writers, a letter of support from your course tutor and three samples of recent course work.

The Guild will consider your application at the next meeting of the Membership Sub-Committee. Cheques will not be banked until membership is confirmed.

THE GUILD COMMITTEE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REFUSE OR REVOKE MEMBERSHIP.

How to become a friend of the Guild

Friends of the Guild of Health Writers are those working in the health area who support the aims of the Guild, but who do not fulfil the writing criteria necessary for membership. Friends might be PRs, healthcare professional and charities. Friends of the Guild of Health Writers are not members of the Guild of Health Writers.

  1. Complete the application form:
    Friends Subscription Form
  1. Return the form, together with a cheque made payable to the Guild of Health Writers.

Should you need any help, contact the Guild’s administrator who will take you through the process.