HEALTH WRITING IN THE DIGITAL AGE – What makes a great story online or in print?

Tuesday 27th July 2021 (6.30pm – 7.30pm)

The last year has seen many changes in health journalism. With many print publications seeing a drop in circulation and advertising as a result of the pandemic, the push towards digital journalism continues at full force. But, what does this mean for you as a health journalist?   

We’d be delighted for you to join us at an exclusive Zoom event on the 27th  July when three top health journalists will give their insider insights on what makes a great health piece online or in print. They’ll also be giving their tips and guidance on what they need to tell a powerful health story. 

Our speakers:

  • Lucy Elkins – Consultant Health Editor at Daily Mail – Good Health
  • Lucy Johnston – Health and Social Affairs Editor of the Sunday Express. Lucy also hosts the podcast ‘Sketch notes on…’  
  • Vanessa Chalmers – Digital Health Reporter at The Sun

To book your place click here.

Zoom link for the event will be sent on the day.

Email the Guild office for any queries – 


End of life care: how can we make it better?

Death is a universal human experience and we should all be able to die with love, comfort and dignity.

But for too many in this phase of life, the best care is sadly lacking. And the coronavirus pandemic has thrown a harsh light on some of the challenges.

But there are pioneers in the field who have made it their mission to change all this.

Join us for a discussion with two inspirational women working to transform end of life care.



Dr Catherine Millington-Sanders is RCGP & Marie Curie National End of Life Care Clinical Champion, and clinically led the development of the RCGP & Marie Curie Daffodil Standards – UK General Practice Standards for Advanced Serious Illness and End of Life Care. Catherine is co-founder and clinical lead for the Social Enterprise Difficult Conversations.

She is a practising GP, clinical commissioner and educationalist with seven years experience as a speciality doctor in palliative medicine. Catherine is Co-Founder of Compassionate Communities UK, actively supporting the Public Health Palliative Care approach, implementing the Compassionate City Charter and facilitating the development of compassionate neighbourhoods and supportive networks within our communities.





Felicity Warner is the founder of Soul Midwives UK, a pioneering movement inpalliative care, offering holistic and spiritual support to the dying. Soul midwifery is used within many hospitals, hospice and care homes and within the wider community.

A former health journalist and Guild member, Felicity runs the Soul Midwives School in Dorset, is a lecturer and author of four books Gentle Dying, A Safe Journey Home, The Soul Midwives Handbook and The Sacred Oils.

She is an honorary knowledge exchange fellow at the University of Winchester and was voted End of Life Care Champion of the year 2017 by the National Council for Palliative Care at the House of Lords and also Death Doula of the Year 2017 at the Good Funeral awards (UK).


25 November 2020, 3pm – 4pm.

Zoom joining details will be sent on the day of the event by 12pm.

Please email the Guild office if you have any queries –

Do differences in physiology explain ethnic differences in disease risk? Yes – No – Maybe

We have invited three UK experts to consider and discuss observations of different disease risks in different ethnic groups, and to consider what can and should be done to identify and treat variations, to achieve best health outcomes. Themes will be diabetes, heart disease and immune function responses. The meeting will invite short presentations from each speaker, with ample time for discussion and Q&A.

Emma Elvin, Senior Clinical Advisor at Diabetes UK

Emma is a registered Dietitian with a postgraduate certificate in Applied Sports Nutrition. Her current role involves being the clinical lead for Type 2 diabetes prevention and physical activity for Diabetes UK. Emma has worked at Diabetes UK for 4 and a half years, having previously worked in the NHS for a community diabetes service

Professor Elizabeth Hughes MBE, Deputy Medical Director of Health Education England; Founder of HEART UK

Professor Elizabeth Hughes is Deputy Medical Director of Health Education England with specific responsibility for Undergraduate Medical Education. Alongside this she has other national roles for HEE including overseeing education in Pharmacy, Diagnostics and Healthcare Science together with a focus on international medical education. Professor Elizabeth Hughes is also a Consultant in Chemical Pathology and Metabolic Medicine. Elizabeth is a national expert in the treatment of inherited lipid disorders and is one of the Founder members of the national charity HEART UK with which she has worked extensively with multi professional healthcare professionals and patients.

Dr Donald Palmer, Immunologist, Royal Veterinary College, University of London

Donald is an Associate Professor of Immunology, and is currently an honorary senior lecturer at Imperial College, London.. He is a member of the British Society for Immunology (BSI), was Secretary of the London Immunology Group, and previously a board member of the BSI council. He is currently on the Editorial Advisory Board for Immunology News. He is also a member of the British Society for Research on Ageing.

To book your place please click on the link below:

FREE TO GUILD MEMBERS – click here to book your place

Please direct all queries to the Guild office –

Joining details, via Zoom, will be emailed to all attendees on the day.


RPS/UCL School of Pharmacy New Year lecture on Controlling Cancer in the 2020s

A preview of Professor Mark Emberton’s 2020 RPS/UCL School of Pharmacy New Year lecture on Controlling Cancer in the 2020s and a discussion of new opportunities for preventing, treating and curing cancers


To be held on Thursday, 9  January 2020 in the Kohn Centre at the Royal Society,

6-9 Carlton House Terrace, SW1Y 5AG.

Coffee from 9.30am for a prompt 10am start


The 2020 New Year Lecture will be given by Professor Mark Emberton, Dean of UCL’s Faculty of Medical Sciences. To highlight his messages about further reducing the suffering and death caused by cancers a press conference will be held on the morning of Thursday,  January 9th at the Royal Society. Contributions will also be made by:

  • Professor Charles Swanton,Royal Society Napier Professor in Cancer and thoracic oncologist at UCL and UCLH. Charlie is leading the TRACERx research project on improving lung cancer treatment and co-director of the Cancer Research UK Lung Cancer Centre of Excellence and Chief Clinician, Cancer Research UK
  • Professor David Baldwin,Consultant Respiratory Physician, Nottingham University Hospitals and the University of Nottingham. David is Chair of NHS England’s Clinical Expert Group for Lung Cancer.

This event will also be attended by other leaders in cancer prevention and child and adult

care. A new UCL School of Pharmacy publication, Cancer Policy Update: an Agenda for the

2020s, will be launched at the meeting, which will be chaired by Professor David Taylor.

Please let us know if you can attend by emailing Dr Monika Heller at


The Guild of Health Writers would like to state that this is an independent event we think that might be of interest to you.

Guild of Health Writers Christmas Party – 3 December 2019




It’s Christmas Party Time!

This year we’re heading to the Palace of Westminster. We’d love you to join us and catch up with old friends, make new ones and enjoy some festive revelry.

Sparkling wine and artisan juices will be served along with delicious healthy canapés and festive sweetmeats.

There will also be an informal opportunity to explore Parliament before the party.

Date: Tuesday 3rd December 2019

Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Place: Palace of Westminster, London SW1A OPW


GHW Members: £22.00

Friends of the Guild: £25.00

Non-member guests: £28.00 (One guest per Guild member/Friends of the Guild)

This event is by invitation only for Guild Members and Friends of the Guild.


RSVP – Please note that your ticket purchase by 27th November 2019 is essential for security reasons.

IMPORTANT – An admittance invitation (ticket), map and full joining details will be emailed to each guest.

The Guild of Health Writers thanks Zoetic for their generous sponsorship of this networking opportunity and would like to state that this is an independent event. In accordance with its objectives, the Guild aims to provide a balanced, non-partisan forum for discussion and does not endorse any commercial products.