I have been editor of Healthcare Manager since 2016, and have worked on the title as a consultant editor since it was launched in 2009. The magazine is published by Managers in Partnership (MiP), the union set up by Unison and the FDA to represent senior managers in the NHS and social care. We (usually) publish four issues a year, offering a range of news reports, features and advice on professional, employment and trade union issues.
As editor, I plan and commission content for each issue (as well as the MiP website), research issues that might interest our readers and sub-edit all copy, as well as contributing news reports and features myself. I work with MiP staff to make sure the union’s priorities are covered and help staff to produce content themselves. I also manage the work of our freelance contributors and photographers, and control expenditure on the magazine within the overall budget set by my bosses at MiP.
Design, layout and production is handled by my colleague James Sparling through our company, Lexographic. I work closely with James to finalise the covers and inside pages of the magazine, including writing headlines and captions, selecting images and signing-off of the pages for print. We also liaise with the printers and distributors to ensure everything runs smoothly and the magazine gets published on time and on budget.
During the Covid-19 emergency, we have suspended publication of the printed magazine and moved to publish content directly online. But Healthcare Manager will return in autumn 2020, with issue 45 due to be published in late September.
If you would like to know more about Healthcare Manager magazine or work with us on a story, please drop me a line.