Guild of Health Writers 2018 Award Winner
MJA Freelance of the Year 2017
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Jane Feinmann is a prolific science and medical journalist, communications consultant and internationally published author who has won three national awards in the last two years, and multiple others over the last decade. Judges say her work is 'strongly research-led', 'meticulously researched', 'thoughtful and dramatic' as well as 'brave and ambitious'.
She contributes to Daily Mail Good Health, the BMJ and Wellcome Trust Mosaic Science and has written for most national newspapers as well as specialist magazines including HSJ, Nursing Times, and Pulse. She has also worked as an editor for BBC Radio 4. Through several decades of writing and editing, she offers an unparalleled understanding of healthcare issues today with a particular interest in patient safety, women's health and lifestyle medicine.
As a working journalist, Jane Feinmann also provides training to healthcare and pharmaceutical companies, PR agencies and charities.
How writing can help to bring change to medicine
Case study: type 2 diabetes and diet.
I welcome the announcement in November 2018 that GPs will offer lifestyle change in the form of a low cal diet as a first treatment for people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I first wrote about this issue four years ago - in a piece about diet and type 2 diabetes for Daily Mail Good Health in September 2015.
The article brought a big response from readers - that led to my blog for the website HealthInsightUK. I asked how long the charity Diabetes UK, along with the Department of Health, can continue to ignore the evidence on low carb diet and type 2 diabetes - instead advising people with this staggeringly badly-managed chronic disorder of glucose intolerance to eat a 'normal' diet - ie with plenty of daily starchy carbs.
The blog caused a flutter of interest. It was shortlisted for the MJA 2016 awards and at the ceremony, Michele Simmons, then co-chair of the Guild of Health Writers, asked me to help organise, and chair a meeting that eventually took place in London in November 2016 with the title: Can Diet Cure Diabetes?
The panel included Dr David Unwin, a GP and leading 'low carb' researcher, the eminent scientist and diabetes specialist, Prof Roy Taylor of Newcastle University who has developed a low cal diet protocol over more than ten years. Other panelists were: research dietitian, Dr Trudi Deakin, Anthony Whittington co-director of Fixing Dad, and last but not least, the NHS deputy diabetes tsar, Dr Partha Kar. It was a great evening - an opportunity to meet, perhaps for the first time, for those most active in the recent important developments bringing lifestyle medicine in the treatment of type 2 diabetes in NHS general practice.
Since then, developments have continued largely below the radar. I reported on the meeting for the BMJ as well as at later House of Lords meeting in January 2017 (he BMJ). My feature article for the BMJ in March 2018 summarising the benefits of lifestyle change for type 2 diabetes was widely read, I hear.
But there's plenty more drama for 2019 in this ongoing tale. The impact of low cal as it's unrolled nationally over the next few months is a major story, I believe. At the same time, the role of low carb in long-term management of type 2 diabetes is hugely popular - but outside mainstream medicine, astonishingly omitted from NHS protocols. And it's unclear whether major reports due this year - including from SACN - will support much-needed change on official advice on diet for type 2 diabetes. about change. There's still a role for campaigning journalism on this massively important subject provided the space is available!
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What people say
'A brave and ambitious article on an important topic, meticulously researched with convincing case studies' - Guild of Health Writers judges, November 2018 on Daily Mail article on women and pain, runner up in Guild of Health Writers Awards 2018.
'A strong research-led feature updating health care professionals on treatment for this increasingly widespread condition' - Guild of Health Writers judges, November 2018 on lifestyle change for type 2 diabetes, winner in Guild of Health Writers awards 2018.
What a great writer you are! I thoroughly enjoyed reading your piece, and think it gives a very accurate and interesting overview of the whole area. How I wish my research team could write like you....
Martin Cowie, Professor of Cardiology, Imperial College, London, September 2011.
Excellence in Cancer Reporting 2008
Jane has an impressive ability to guide the reader through important and complicated issues by use of well-drawn case studies, detailing the patient’s viewpoint, detailing the theory by clearly outlining relevant research and adding insight from interviews with leading specialists. British Oncological Association