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WA Health, the specialist healthcare arm of WA Communications, has announced the appointment of two new team members to bolster its growing practice.

The new hires come off the back of several high-profile clients wins for the agency and exceptional growth in 2017. The health practice will be continuing to work closely with WA’s Investor Services practice in 2018 to deliver market-based analysis and insight to healthcare companies and investors alike.

Sinéad Connor, Senior Account Manager, joins from a managerial role at the NHS Confederation where she led the mental health network for NHS Clinical Commissioners. She has previously worked for another agency and brings a forensic knowledge of NHS commissioning pathways.

Yasmin Sheikh joins from Huntsworth Health in a Health Analyst role. Sheikh is an expert in patient and HCP data, with an academic background in global health policy and immunology, who has worked on a number of award-winning campaigns in previous agency roles and brings with her an in-depth knowledge of the life sciences sector. She will also be working with WA’s Investor Services team to provide bespoke intelligence and healthcare market analysis to investors.

Both new hires bring significant expertise and experience in successfully overcoming the healthcare communications challenges faced by clients in 2018.

Announcing the news, Jenny Ousbey, Head of Health said "Sinéad and Yasmin are two fantastic additions to our growing team, each bringing with them valuable insight and experience that will have an instant impact with our clients. Our clients value the range of voices, backgrounds and networks that WA brings, and it shows in our award-winning campaigns. I look forward to working with Yasmin, Sinéad and the rest of the health practice to make 2018 another record year."

Lizzie Wills, Associate Director and Head of Investor Services commented "Today’s healthcare communications challenges are extremely complex and require in-depth knowledge of the right markets, messages and audiences, which is why having specialist expertise on board is crucial for us. The UK healthcare market can be challenging for investors to navigate, but WA’s Investors Services team is able to steer investors to a positive outcome. Yasmin’s arrival only serves to strengthens that ability."