Healthcare Writing

Colleen Shannon, Freelance Medical Writer

Respiratory medicine

Air pollution and health

It was an honour to work with this panel of leading experts, to produce Every breath we take: The lifelong impact of air pollution, a landmark report from the Royal College of Physicians. My role was to make this scientific material accessible to the public, the media and policy makers. I advised on the artwork and key messages, and wrote summaries to express these messages in clear and powerful English.

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.