Join the PubAffairs Network

Established in January 2002, PubAffairs is the premier network and leading resource for the public affairs, government relations, policy and communications industry.

The PubAffairs network numbers over 4,000 members and is free to join. PubAffairs operates a general e-Newsletter, as well as a number of other specific group e-Newsletters which are also available to join by completing our registration form.

The PubAffairs e-Newsletters are used to keep members informed about upcoming PubAffairs events and networking opportunities, job vacancies, public affairs news, training courses, stakeholder events, publications, discount offers and other pieces of useful information related to the public affairs and communications industry.

Join the Network

Taken your eye off Twitter in the last 7 days? Coming up, we’ll tweet what you might have missed in health.

  • “We need more research is the wrong answer.” And 19 other things scientists should know about policymaking.
  • In week when the rationing of medical procedures on the NHS has been in news, this is a thought provoking blog by @ezraklein on how denying care saves little money.
  • Here’s a good summary of the annual number of contacts with #NHS providers.
  • Who’s in charge? Commissioners or providers? Here’s two different perspectives on the battle in Oxfordshire.
  • David Blunkett has stepped in to the emerging row over how to allocate NHS funding. This one could run and run. 
  • Following the publication of data on GP performance indicators on Friday there has been a good debate on Twitter on the implications (or not) for the early diagnosis of cancer. Have a look at Mark Flannagan’s timeline.   
  • A very brave article by @JWoodcockMP revealing he is suffering from depression. Well done for speaking out & get well soon.

In the world of research:

  • Are babies smarter than we think? Fascinating article in the Guardian on newborn research.
  • This is an interesting podcast on role of the immune system in predicting and detecting cancer recurrence.
  • If you are interested in developments in blood cancer treatment then you should follow @MaverickNY, @MyelomaUK and @CAPhO_AVPhO for news on #ASH13.
  • Academic blogging is creating a global common room, but is not a way of popularising academic research, argues this article

From America:

  • Interesting @tnr article on why now is not time to attack #ACA from the left. 
  • The broken front end is bad politics, but it is the broken back end which could be fatal to #ACA, argues this article in the New York Times.
  • This is an excellent @Docwieighsin blog on the role that inadequate clinician communications skills can play in ‘poor’ patient decision-making. 
  • And this is another thought-provoking @Docweighsin blog on how way clinicians communicate can appear to write patients off – intentionally or otherwise.

And finally…

Incisive Health is the new force in health policy and communications. In an NHS environment that is noisy, changing rapidly and where decision-makers are under intense pressure, policy communications need to be incisive to make an impact. We know how to cut through the noise and competing priorities to deliver results that enhance our clients' businesses and reputations and – ultimately – improve healthcare for patients.