Colleen Shannon, Freelance Medical Writer

Through my career, I’ve gone from magazine journalism, to old school PR, to writing websites, then video and animation, then e-learning, digital patient support programmes and apps. Over the past 20 years there have been so many changes in healthcare communications, and they are coming at us faster all the time. It’s always felt like I’m just one minute ahead of a big wave – aiming to surf the trends, instead of being swept away. That makes freelancing exhilarating or terrifying, depending on your outlook.

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Jen Lewis, Freelance Medical Writer

It was during my post-doc research post in the USA that I realised I was never going to find that one area of research that I felt I could dedicate my life to. I enjoyed the laboratory life, but I knew it wasn’t for me. I did, however, enjoy writing up my work and soon found that my colleagues were coming to me to edit their research proposals and manuscripts. I returned to the UK to be closer to my family and decided to explore other career option

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