One in five people in the workplace will experience a mental health condition, causing over 70 million working days to be lost each year. Managing mental health conditions (such as stress, anxiety, depression and obsessive–compulsive disorder) remains a challenge, despite the recent efforts of many companies to implement policies to support a healthy workforce.
As Porterhouse Medical celebrates its 15 year anniversary, joint MD and founder, Brian Parsons reflects on the changes to the medical communications industry over the past decade and a half.
The Porterhouse team made us proud by wearing jeans to change lives and baking a variety of blue cakes and cookies for Jeans for Genes Day last Friday. Thank you to Alice for organising the day and to all those who got involved!
I love working for Porterhouse Medical and enjoy working with our talented and highly qualified team of account and event managers, medical writers and designers. Together, we work hard to deliver intelligent, scientific and medical communications that are second to none and that we are proud to have produced.
Every 28 minutes, someone in the UK is diagnosed with lymphoma. Lymphoma is a form of blood cancer that occurs when certain cells in the blood, known as lymphocytes, divide and grow in an out-of-control manner and cease to function effectively. As a result, the body is unable to fight off infection or other forms of cancer. However, lymphoma is treatable, and early diagnosis is important for ensuring that patients receive treatment in a timely manner.
The 2017 Women in Business Awards shortlist (http://womeninbusiness.biz/wib-awards-2017/) – released yesterday – includes an impressive three ‘finalist’ nominations for Porterhouse Medical across three award categories. Senior Medical Writers Lisa Gallacher and Gillian Hancey have been nominated for individual awards, with the company also being nominated for an employer award.
Porterhouse Medical is 15 years old next month and plans to celebrate delivering on its mission – “Developing a shared vision with our partners to deliver programmes to improve people’s lives” – for a decade and a half.
Last week the mighty Porterhouse Power Athletes took on the new challenge of static wheelchair racing to fundraise for our local charity partners, SportsAble.
2017 has been a busy year for Porterhouse Medical so far, with a full calendar of advisory board meetings, steering committee meetings, stand-alone meetings, international congresses and symposia.
Porterhouse Medical, winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, was delighted to welcome Rob Wilson MP to open our new office in Windsor Square this month.
At Porterhouse Medical, we are passionate about the work we do with our partners to help improve people’s lives; which includes using our medical and scientific communications expertise to help raise awareness of disease symptoms and encourage support for relevant charities.
Promising news for patients with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) was reported at the 13th International Conference on Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Diseases in Vienna earlier this month. PRX002/RG7935, currently in Phase 1b clinical trials, has been identified as having an acceptable safety profile and is expected to go into phase 2 clinical trials in the next few months.
Porterhouse Medical prides itself on being a company that works together as a family, with humour and happiness instilled in all that we do.
We are delighted to announce that Richard has been promoted to the role of Creative Services Manager.
To help raise awareness and mark the 10th Annual Rare Disease Day, here we describe five interesting facts about rare diseases.
Here, we look at the past to reveal some surprising perceptions about risk factors that are now widely known to be associated with cancer. We also consider how our awareness of risk factors has moved on, so much so that we may have gone too far in the opposite direction…
In order to leverage the wealth of experience that Porterhouse Medical has gathered over the many years of working in a huge range of oncology disease and therapy areas, we have created a new internal department, known as ‘ONCOR’, to focus predominantly on oncology.
As part of our mission to help improve people’s lives, Porterhouse adopts a local charity to fundraise for each year. For 2017, we are very happy to announce that the charity we will be supporting is SportsAble.
At Porterhouse, we’ve worked really hard over the past 18 months to integrate the company values into everything we do. These values – which emphasise pride, passion, ambition, family and humour in our work and daily lives – are reflected in our approach to the recruitment, training and well-being of our in-house teams of medical writers, account managers, event planners, designers and programmers.
2016 was an amazing year for Porterhouse. In addition to recording a record turnover and profit for our year ending September 2016, we also won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2016 (international trade) and received Investors in People accreditation at the silver level at our first attempt. We were also highly commended in two other business awards.
It has been a pleasure working for Porterhouse over the past 10 years. In that time the company has grown at a rapid pace into the vibrant force that it is today, while still retaining the nurturing family feel that it has always had under Jon and Brian’s leadership. No mean feat in the world of med comms! I have been fortunate to work with some inspiring colleagues over the years, and it is always rewarding to see how quickly new members of the team settle in and develop their skills and confidence.
The team at Porterhouse Medical is proud to have been given the ‘Highly Commended’ award at the Thames Valley Business Magazine’s 2016 Awards Ceremony last week, in the SME (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) category.
At Porterhouse Medical, we are passionate about the work we do with our partners to help improve people’s lives; which includes using our communications expertise to help raise awareness of disease symptoms and regular donations to charity.
At Porterhouse Medical, we are passionate about the work we do to help improve people’s lives. We are also passionate about doing our bit for charity, so in early 2016 we launched a special fundraising initiative: to adopt a local charity for which we will fundraise throughout the year. This year, we are proud to be supporting the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service (http://www.alexanderdevine.org/).
As a proud provider of outstanding career progression and development opportunities, Porterhouse Medical is once again celebrating staff achievements with two promotions in the editorial team.
Rob Pilbrow, one of Porterhouse’s veteran members of staff, enjoyed a double celebration this month after being promoted to the role of Group Director, Editorial Services, and winning the accolade of ‘Role Model’ in the Champion of Change category at the Women in Business Awards 2016!
Always keen to do our bit for charity, today Porterhouse will be supporting Jeans for Genes Day. Rare genetic disorders are a key area of focus for the Porterhouse team, and we are glad to be able to raise money to support patients with genetic disorders and their families.
As a reward for all our hard work, the team at Porterhouse enjoyed a glamorous day of horse racing in Newbury on last Friday, despite heavy rain flash flooding hitting the town on Thursday night and causing flash flooding in the town centre.
Hot topics at the 16th EURetina Congress include age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and imaging.
We are delighted to announce that our Editorial Services Director, Rob, has been selected as a finalist in the Women in Business Awards 2016, in the category ‘Champion of Change’.
2016 has been a busy year for office refurbishments, which have included some major upgrades to our meeting rooms and kitchen area. We now have three super-smart meeting rooms, a cute little meeting “pod”, and loads more space to enjoy our lunches thanks to the addition of some lovely bright benches. This month it was all topped off with the unveiling of our stunning new office artwork.
The directors of Porterhouse Medical, Jon and Brian, attended the reception for the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 14 July 2016.
On Wednesday 6 July 2016, Porterhouse staff were delighted to receive a visit from Mr James Puxley, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Berkshire, who presented proud company directors Brian Parsons and Jon Hallows with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. Porterhouse received this award on the Queen’s birthday in recognition of our international work, which earned us over £2 million in 2015.
We are delighted to announce that we have received Investors in People (IIP) accreditation at the Silver level. IIP accreditation is an internationally recognised and rigorously assessed performance framework that demonstrates a company’s commitment to staff training and development. Organisations that meet the world-recognised IIP Standard reflect the very best in people management excellence.
Like everyone who works in medical communications, I am passionate about medical science. But unlike a lot of people, I am also fascinated with the human skeleton and what you can learn about a deceased person just from looking at their bones.
Wednesday 8 June was the fifth annual MedComms Day, an opportunity for med comms professionals across the globe to share their experiences of life in our fantastic industry.
Something was different at the office yesterday – everyone looked smart and all the desks were tidy! Work has begun on the production of our new video.
We are delighted and proud to announce that Porterhouse Medical has been recognized with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2016 – the UK’s highest accolade for outstanding achievement in business.
We are delighted to announce that Alison Washer, our Operations Director, has been shortlisted for the Investors in People’s People’s Manager of the Year award.
Late last year I finally achieved a fantastic goal: my very first first-author paper. This wasn’t exactly as it sounds, as although I am a senior medical writer at Porterhouse, the article was largely written by my PhD supervisor from 13 years ago, Dr Tracey Bradshaw.
As part of a number of exciting changes taking place at Porterhouse Medical, we have decided, for the first time ever, to adopt a company charity and fundraise for it over the course of the year!
Letitia Hanning-Lee | Medical Writer
As part of a number of exciting changes taking place at Porterhouse Medical, we have decided, for the first time ever, to adopt a company charity and fundraise for it over the course of the year! As such, we are very happy to announce that the charity we will be supporting in 2016 is the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service.
Alexander Devine is a local children’s charity that was set up in 2007 by Fiona and John Devine. Fiona and John realised that Berkshire urgently needed its own dedicated children’s hospice when their son Alexander sadly passed away of a brain tumour at only 8 years old. They established the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service with the aim of “providing a dedicated children’s hospice service for all children with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses in Berkshire and beyond.”
The Alexander Devine charity will offer both a dedicated hospice (once the new building has been completed) and in-home support by specialised nurses, who in 2014 alone provided end-of-life care for seven children. This care is vital to children and their families going through enormously difficult times.
The decision to support this charity has been met with great enthusiasm by the Porterhouse team. In February, we launched the Porterhouse tuck shop, which predominantly sells items to fuel our rampant chocolate and Coca-Cola addiction, and in April one of our medical writers will be burning off all the extra calories by running the Reading Half Marathon with the Alexander Devine team. We are looking forward to the other fundraising opportunities we have planned, including pub quizzes, car washes and, most importantly, bake sales!
We are extremely pleased and excited to be supporting the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service and we look forward to raising money for such a worthwhile cause.
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