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Jacqui is chairing two sessions at the European CME Forum in Amsterdam in November.
Speakers include Richard Bergström, Director General of EFPIA and Reinhard Griebenow, Chair, European Board for Accreditation in Cardiology.

Jacqui had a key role in the production of Macmillan Cancer support's media facing report Move More, backed by celebrity Jo Brand.
Jacqui advised on strategy, liaised with the policy and comms teams and wrote the 18 page report for the charity. It was followed widely in the UK and globally. Read it here.

A BMJ.com podcast about patients' data in the wake of the phone hacking scandal featured Jacqui.
She was interviewed along with Annabel Ferriman, senior news editor and Jane Smith, deputy editor. Listen here.

Jacqui media trained three eminent scientists in advance of the launch of Arthritis Research UK's new tissue engineering centre.
Their work on stem cells, which may one day mean fewer hip and knee replacements, was featured in the Daily Mail and BBC Radio.

Are journalists bad for your health? That’s the provocative title of a debate chaired by Jacqui at the Royal College of Physicians.
BBC correspondent Branwen Jeffreys is one of the high profile speakers who will tackle scare stories, alcohol reporting and use of celebrities by the media, on March 28. For invites, click here.

Jacqui was long-listed for the Guardian’s International Development reporting award 2010.

The honour was for an article on global health looking at Kings College London’s pioneering work with a community in Somaliland.

The Royal College of Surgeons of England chose Jacqui to chair a meeting at the launch of their recent report into obesity surgery, which attracted widespread publicity.
John Black, the College’s President, opened the meeting. Read the report, called Shredding the Pounds, click here.

Jacqui is taking part in a celebrity ‘Would I Lie to You’ charity event hosted by former Sun editor Kelvin Mackenzie, in April.
The Richmond event, organised by Virgo Health PR, is in aid of the Shooting Stars children’s hospice.

Jacqui appeared on Radio 4's the Media Show in May talking about MMR coverage.
She was on a panel with Jeremy Laurance, health editor of the Independent. Listen here

Lightweight football boots could be to blame for the rise in fractures in amateurs, reported the Sun.
The exclusive article, written by Jacqui, quoted Professor David Barrett of Southampton General Hospital.

Jacqui's latest media training client is the Samaritans.
She carried out a day's training at their HQ in Ewell, Surrey, in April.

The life of a British GP turned flying doctor in Austalia was the subject of Jacqui's latest article for the Daily Telegraph.
It told of Dr Emma Boulton, from Oxford, who is now working in the outback.

Jacqui was commissioned by the Telegraph to write a feature on diseases that are being wiped out.
It follows the virtual eradication of the Guinea worm in Sudan. Read it here.

Jacqui spoke alongside former spin doctor Alastair Campbell at the Talking About Mental Health conference on February 1.
The event, supported by charity Mind, tackled stigma in the media

Down and Out?, a hard-hitting report on behalf of homeless charity St Mungo's was written by Jacqui.
The 64-page analysis followed a Call for Evidence, which attracted more than 90 responses.

An article by Jacqui on the ABPI Code and the media featured in PM magazine in December.
It argued pharma needs to be more open about the way it deals with journalists.

Jacqui shared a platform with Lord King talking about diabetes in the South Asian community.
It followed her good practice guide, published last year. Read a report of the event by Asian Image.

Jacqui was shortlisted for Freelance Health Journalist of the Year 2008 ADD and Best Consumer Health Feature 2009.
Her article in Cosmopolitan 'Too Scared For Sex' was chosen by judges, including the Guardian's Sarah Boseley.

The party conference season is on and Jacqui was at Bournemouth chairing a fringe debate for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
The debate was on localism in health and social care, and speakers included John Pugh MP, shadow treasury minister.

The Wellcome Trust enjoyed a day's PR skills training with Jacqui in September.
Head of communications Kat Nevin-Ridley and her team were put through their paces.

The Observer ran a piece on the opening of the L'Oreal Young Scientist Centre at the Royal Institution.
Jacqui had interviewed its manager, former physics teacher David Porter, for the exclusive piece.

Broadcaster and science writer Dr Simon Singh spoke at the Royal Institution with fellow author Prof Edzard Ernst in a packed public event chaired by Jacqui. listen-here
Dr Singh is currently fighting a legal battle with the British Chiropractic Association, which he discussed with the 300-strong audience. Support him here.

Historians at Queen Mary, University of London, who teach a ‘Blair Years’ course, are the latest media training clients for Jacqui.
Dr Jon Davis, who is much in demand in the media over the expenses scandal, has appeared on Channel 4 News and been featured in the Guardian.

Jacqui is writing a report on mental health and homelessness for the charity St Mungo’s following a ‘Call for Evidence’ on the issue.
The work follows a project for Macmillan Cancer Support on Cancer Survivorship which is being distributed to the media this summer.

Jacqui has joined the lecturing team at the University of Winchester’s journalism department overseen by Chris Horrie, author of Stick It Up Your Punter.
The University is currently recruiting Masters students and undergraduates for its journalism courses. For more info, look here.

Jacqui shared a platform with Zoe Williams of the Guardian and former broadcaster Ed Mitchell to discuss ‘Does the Media make us Reach for the Bottle’ at the Commonwealth Club in London.
The January 29 th event, organised by Editorial Intelligence with the Department of Health and the Portman Group, analysed the way the press writes about alcohol.

A report on why South Asians at risk of diabetes do not engage with health services has been written by Jacqui for public affairs company Insight PA.
Jacqui interviewed Lord King of West Bromwich and diabetes specialist nurses and doctors in Southall and Slough. The document will be sent to PCTs and Parliamentarians in the Spring.

Media training and PR skills training continues to be a strong part of Jacqui’s portfolio, with new clients including pharmaceutical firms Lilly and Basilea, to complement existing clients Norwich Union Healthcare.
Jacqui also works with Virgo Health PR, Millbank Media and Etal PR as a freelance media trainer.

The Observer published an exclusive article written by Jacqui about leading physicist Prof Athene Donald who has won a L’Oreal-UNESCO ‘Laureate’ for her contribution to science, written by Jacqui.
The piece was followed up by Woman’s Hour, the Guardian and Radio 5 Live. Prof Donald will receive her award in Paris in March. Click here to view article.

The Times’ Body & Soul ran a piece by Jacqui on the lack of access to immediate breast reconstruction operations for cancer patients.
The piece featured the case of Helen Williams, who was prepared to appear in a new patient information DVD before, during and after her operation. Read it here.

Jacqui spoke at fringe meetings at both the Conservative and Liberal Democrat party conferences on cancer reporting in the media for the Breast Cancer Campaign.
She argued for science and statistics modules to be included in all journalism courses in debates with Evan Harris MP and former science minister Ian Taylor. See pictures here.

Bosses at Norwich Union Healthcare were filmed & grilled on topical issues as part of media training with Jacqui.
This follows a messaging workshop held earlier in the year at the company’s Hampshire headquarters.

Jacqui chaired two media advisory boards of journalists for PR firms on healthcare issues in October.
Global PR firm Ketchum and health specialists Reynolds-Mackenzie chose Jacqui to lead the events.

An exclusive article by Jacqui on how children with HIV are being discriminated against in primary and secondary schools was run by the Observer.
The piece, quoting Deborah Jack of the National Aids Trust, was followed up by Woman's Hour and the Times.

Jacqui will be speaking at a fringe meeting at the Liberal Democrat conference in September in Bournemouth about the reporting of cancer in the media.
The event, organised in conjunction with the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry will be held on Sept 16.

Jacqui led a media workshop in August on how the internet is changing journalism and public relations, attended by cancer charity executives.
The London event attracted Breast Cancer Care, Breast Cancer Campaign and Cancer Research UK.

The cost of obesity to the ‘supersized’ NHS was the subject of a double page spread by Jacqui in the Times.
The Body & Soul report told how beds, operating tables and even hospital gowns are being made bigger than ever. Read it here.

Jacqui took part in the first meeting of the Department of Health’s Organ Donation Taskforce communications sub-group.
The group, chaired by former Tomorrow’s World presenter Vivienne Parry, discussed the issue of presumed consent and will report back to the Taskforce in the summer.

Cosmopolitan’s June edition tackled the sensitive issue of cosmetic genital surgery in an article written by Jacqui.
Three British women revealed they had had labiaplasties, two in the UK and one in the US. Read it here.

Jacqui was shortlisted for Freelance Health Journalist of the Year 2008.
The prestigious awards were organised by the Medical Journalists’ Association and held at the Royal Society of Medicine.

Jacqui chaired a lively advisory meeting on Alzheimer's disease with national print and broadcast journalists.
The event, held in central London and organised by health PR specialists Reynolds-Mackenzie, also heard from two top neurology consultants.

The ‘growing’ of human skin in a lab to prevent testing cosmetics on animals was the subject of one of Jacqui’s commissions in The Times.
She visited L’Oreal’s lab in Lyon for the article which was featured in Body & Soul.
Read it here.

Centrica, the energy giant, invited Jacqui to speak at its annual ‘comms’ conference in Henley-on-Thames.
She talked about the reality of life in the newsroom, the genesis of a story and how to influence journalists at the May event.

Cosmopolitan’s May edition features a hard-hitting article on sexual health by Jacqui.
She was commissioned by the magazine to write about men and Chlamydia following a rise in cases.

The General Medical Council’s press team had a day’s PR skills training with Jacqui.
This included how to write proactive releases to interest the specialists on national newspapers and telephone role-play.

Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare Trust has appointed Jacqui a non-executive member of its board from February 1.
This follows the appointment of a new Chief Executive and Chairman of the board last year.

The Times’ Body and Soul section commissioned Jacqui to write an article on medical serendipity, from Viagra to baldness cures.
Read the double-page spread published in December here.

Jacqui chaired an advisory panel of journalists discussing the reporting of HIV with MSD and the National Aids Trust.
The meeting was in advance of the latest Health Protection Agency figures on the disease.

Prostate cancer surgeon Stephen Langley was put through his paces in an afternoon media training session with Jacqui.

Other members of the Prostate Brachytherapy Advisory Group, including a specialist nurse and a PCT manager, took part. 

Jacqui spoke at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations on the impact of media stories on patients & patient groups.
Her co-panellists in a lively debate included speakers from Pfizer UK and the Parkinson's Disease Society.

The Mencap press team had a day’s bespoke media training with Jacqui on how to get the charity’s message across.
It was organised by new press and PR manager Sam Heath.

A 12-page glossy health booklet inserted in the Independent was written by Jacqui.
The Guide to Common Ailments and Conditions was produced for Lloydspharmacy.

Jacqui was the keynote speaker at a World Nuclear Association’s seminar organised by Bell Pottinger Business & Brand.
She spoke to executives from Europe and the US on “Understanding perceptions – How the media tackle controversial issues.”

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