Healthcare Writing

Colleen Shannon, Freelance Medical Writer

Carers

Arthritis and emotions

Feelings Matter: Emotional Wellbeing and Arthritis

Highly commended, 2017 BMA Patient Information Awards

I was the principal copywriter for this comprehensive guide to the emotional impact of arthritis, a long-term condition that can affect every aspect of your life. It was a huge team effort with contributions from clinicians, Arthritis Care staff and people with arthritis. This evidence-based guide takes a holistic view and gives people practical ideas, so they can live they life they want.

Palliative care

Along with other writers, I was proud to contribute to the relaunch of Marie Curie's website, as part of a great editorial team. This section is one example of my work on the project, which was highly commended in the 2016 BMA Patient Information Awards. I was also a principal writer for their new Palliative Care Information Zone for health and social care professionals.

Respiratory medicine

As a key part of their Breathe Easy Week, the British Lung Foundation asked me to update their patient and carer guide on asbestos and cancer (mesothelioma). The work included research into policy across the four nations. I also updated BLF's patient information on interstitial lung diseases (commended in the 2014 BMA Patient Information Awards) and pulmonary embolism. All projects were required to meet the Information Standard.