I am an award-winning journalist, and author specialising in public health, nursing, health policy and all manner of health related topics. I am a defined specialist on the UK Public Health Register.
After qualifying as a nurse, I trained as a journalist on Nursing Mirror, moving onto edit health and fitness titles. I worked as a freelance journalist for about 20 years and have written for national newspapers such as The Guardian and The Observer as well as specialist and professional press such as the BMJ, HSJ, Nursing Times and Nursing Standard.
Whilst working as both a freelance journalist and a nurse I completed a Masters' in Public Health and spent the next 10 years working in a variety of public health specialisms from commissioning to communications, screening to health and wellbeing.
I am a member of the Society of Authors, The Medical Journalists' Association and the Royal College of Nursing.
My book Rituals & Myths in Nursing: A social history, is out in November. If you would like to come along to the launch then watch this space. If you would like to have a book signing at an event you are holding then get in touch. Follow Rituals and Myths on Facebook and on twitter @Claire_Laurent.