Why choose WriteCare

There are plenty of reasons to call on an external editorial specialist – and for choosing WriteCare in particular.

You may need extra help to take on writing and editing jobs that simply must be done to meet statutory requirements (like annual reports) but simply don’t have the capacity to do in house – especially if there are strict timescales to meet.

You may be looking for fresh ideas on how to tackle a challenging piece of content, especially if this involves creating a coherent whole based on information from lots of different health and care specialists, each with their own style and focus.

You may want someone to do the time-consuming ‘leg work’ of desk research to pick out and pull together the core information you need to support a lengthy report, strategy or policy.

If a document is especially likely to be open to scrutiny and challenge, you’ll want to be sure it’s accurate and the tone and style are appropriate – an external editor looking at it for the first time could spot things you might miss if you’re too familiar with the content.

Together we can manage any changing circumstances, like deadlines unexpectedly brought forward because of external factors.

Who uses WriteCare?

WriteCare has provided services to benefit both those who create and deliver health and care services and the people who use them since 2001.

WriteCare works with all sorts of health and care organisations – public, private, charitable and voluntary. Current and past clients include NHS trusts, NHS England, Health Education England, Public Health Scotland, the Society and College of Radiographers, the Epilepsy Nurses Association, Bupa, individual social care providers, the Migraine Trust, MS Society and Cardiomyopathy UK.

The sector is constantly changing. NHS, local authority and central government restructuring, new legislation and regulators, shifts in policy and strategic direction around collaborative working, prevention, early intervention and health inequalities, supported by improved technology and accessibility, all have an impact.

But the principles of producing quality written content for the right people at the right time remain the same.

WriteCare standards

As part of the Patient Information Forum (PIF), I’ve signed its health and digital literacy charter to commit to making it easier for everyone to navigate, understand, and use information and services to take care of their health.

I’m also a member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) and the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and follow their codes of practice and conduct.

WriteCare’s own policies cover important issues such as confidentiality and sensitivity, data security, equality and diversity, quality standards and environmental sustainability.

How much does it cost?

WriteCare rates are fairly flexible, based on your circumstances and the support you need. But they are broadly in line with fees recommended by professional writing and editing bodies, roughly ranging from £25 to £45 per hour.

Together we will agree an estimated cost (and payment schedule) for a project based on the skills required, how long it will take to complete and any specific requirements, such as a fast turnaround.

“I have worked with Vicky on a number of projects over the years, because she is consistently an exceptional, professional writer. She will get to the heart of what you want to achieve by asking the right questions and talking you through the structure to ensure she is taking the right approach. She always meets deadlines and is very thorough in her proofreading.”

NHS trust head of marketing and communications