I am a freelance health and disability journalist postgraduate with a tenacious character, a sharp eye for a story and a strong writing style. I have a proven freelance record, writing on health and disability issues for The Guardian, Independent, Telegraph, Psychologies, Top Sante, and Sunday Times Magazine among others. All stories have been sourced and pitched by me.
I am also currently working as a news editor for the College of Occupational Therapists. I source, write and edit news and features for its flagship publication OTnews, a monthly magazine which focuses on the latest news and issues within the health sector. It is distributed to over 31,000 occupational therapists across the UK.
I’ve also worked with health organisations including the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, for who I starred in a vlog and spoke during the parliamentary launch of their campaign for greater investment in antibiotics. I’ve conducted multiple media interviews on health and disability for the Today programme, BBC 2 Jeremy Vine show, Channel 5, Sky, local radio and international television.
For two years I also wrote a weekly double-page spread for the London Lite, a regional paper owned by Associated Newspapers, helping Londoners find love through my blind date column. One couple who met via the paper have since got married – never thought I’d end up being Cilla Black!
All commissions considered.
My articles include:
- The Guardian, 13 June ’16 – Are DIY gene-testing kits a good idea?
- Fit&Well, June ’16 – It’s your serve!
- OTnews, June ’16 – Building occupational skills in the prison population
- Al Jazeera, 19 April ’16 – Skype and diabetes: Doctors embrace tele-hubs
- OTnews, April ’16 – Have you ever considered volunteering?
- Fit&Well, May ’16 – Join the party!
- The Great Outdoors Magazine, April ’16 – The day I took my new lungs to the Lake District
- Psychologies, April ’16 – The desk detox
- Economy, 16 March ’16 – Why benefit cuts for disabled people will only damage the UK economy
- The Guardian, 2 March ’16 – Social media helped me take control of my illness
- OTnews, March ’16 – Devolved elections
- The Guardian, 15 January ’16 – Yes, organ donation is had to discuss – but should we let families block it?
- The Guardian, 25 November ’15 – New opt-out system in Wales aims to revolutionise organ donation
- The Guardian, 24 November ’15 – How charities big and small can help the NHS
- The Guardian, 18 November ’15 – I’m on a life or death warning due to antibiotic resistance
- Reveal, 12 November ’15 – I have Cystic Fibrosis: my daughter gives me everything to live for
- OTnews, November ’15 – Helping people in their journey back to work
- Balance (Diabetes UK’s member magazine), November ’15 – Insulin: The inside story
- Top Sante, October ’15 – Say no to DNAgeing – how to stay young on a cellular level
- OTnews, September ’15 – Lobbying for a principal OT role
- The Telegraph, 27 August ’15 – How two women became CEO’s via job sharing
- OTnews, July ’15 – Occupational therapy delivered from a GP surgery
- OTnews, June ’15 – Challenging traditions
- Prima, April ’15 – Just call me the Godmother
- Balance (Diabetes UK’s member magazine), April ’15 – Can social media improve your diabetes?
- The Guardian, 8 March ’15 – What’s it like to be a human guinea pig for a lifesaving surgical procedure?
- The Independent, 2 March ’15 – Transplant surgery: A century of saving lives at Harefield hospital
- The Guardian, 27 November ’14 – Disabled people don’t matter to politicians. To change that we must vote
- The Guardian, 25 April ’14 – Stephen Sutton has changed the rules on dealing with cancer
- The Guardian, 9 February ’14 – Thanks to my donor I live again, First-person essay
- The Guardian, 4 July ’13 – The UK needs new organ donor law, and fast
- The Guardian, 2 June ’13 – Living with Cystic Fibrosis
- The Guardian, Front page of Society, 5 January ’11 GPs on the dark side
- Hotline, December ’09 – ‘Meet the real Rudolph’, Scottish highlands travel piece
- London Lite, 11 December ’07 – November ’09. Two concurrent, weekly double page columns
- The Sunday Times Magazine, 23 November ’08 – ‘A life in the day – ‘Rebecca’ UN worker in Kabul’. Full colour, full-page first person interview