Liz Hedgecock

Freelance Writer

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  • LocationUnited Kingdom

About me

 

I’m a freelance writer, editor and proofreader. I love writing, and I also love helping other people to make their writing the best it can be. My work combines creative flair with wide-ranging interests, meticulous attention to detail, and several years’? corporate experience. I’m happy to write anything from a report to a blog, and I can also proofread and edit existing copy to ensure that it is engaging, persuasive and error-free. Here’s a quick summary of my experience and qualifications: * 14 years’ experience in the UK National Health Service (to programme manager level), during which I’ve written, co-produced, edited and proofread reports, case studies, newsletter items, blogs, web content, policies, strategies, and training materials, usually to tight deadlines and a specific brief * Factual articles in the national press (Health Service Journal, The Commissioning Review) * Book reviewer for the Health Service Journal on change management * I run my own blog and have also blogged about knowledge management for Health Education North West * First-class English degree, postgraduate certificate in Business Management, MA in Personnel and Development, Chartered Member of the CIPD * I also write prizewinning short stories – so my skills in creativity and brevity are well-honed! To see samples of my work, please visit my website: http://lizhedgecock.wordpress.com. Areas of expertise: public sector (NHS), organisational development, learning and development, change management, knowledge management, training, human resources, content curation.

Skills

 

  • Author
  • Copywriting
  • Editing
  • Blogs
  • Presenting
  • Blogging
  • Creative
  • Project Management
  • Features
  • Proofreading
  • Web Content
  • Popular Culture
  • Powerpoint
  • Word
  • Copywriting

Work history

Currently

Freelance Writer, Editor and Proofreader

Self-employed

Jul 2015
  • I have recently started out as a freelance writer, editor and proofreader. My website contains examples of my non-fiction articles, reviews and blog posts, as well as my short stories, and I also blog regularly.

2015

Knowledge Development Lead

NHS

Mar 2011 - Jun 2015
  • I was communications and knowledge lead for a regional team. This included commissioning and creating case studies, posters, presentations and other promotional materials, overseeing social media, and managing a website contract and its content.

2012

Urgent Care Programme Manager

Department of Health

Mar 2010 - Mar 2012
  • I managed a national programme to increase uptake of the Urgent Care Clinical Dashboard. We supported NHS organisations in all regions of England to build or commission their own dashboards, and capture the benefits for patient care. The role incorporated substantial communications work, including writing articles, writing and delivering presentations, and co-producing a dashboard implementation guide.

Education

2006

MA Personnel and Development

Liverpool John Moores University

Aug 2004 - Mar 2006

    2004

    PG Cert Business Management

    Liverpool John Moores University

    Aug 2003 - May 2004

      1996

      MA Victorian Literature

      University of Liverpool

      Aug 1995 - Jun 1996

        1995

        BA(Hons) English Language and Literature

        University of Liverpool

        Aug 1992 - May 1995

          Awards

          2015

          Finalist, Lacomic Cup

          • The Lacomic Cup is an international comic writing tournament run by the HeadStuff website. My original short story was chosen to go through to the first round of 32 participants. The tournament has proceeded on a knockout basis; the stories are paired, and the judge chooses one of the pair to go through to the next round. Judges have included the comedy troupe Diet of Worms (The Walshes), Jarlath Regan, and Arthur Mathews, writer of Father Ted and Brass Eye. Each round required a new 300-word comic short story. Four stories on, I have now reached the final, which is a head-to-head. The competition has a total prize pot of 3000 euros. http://www.headstuff.org/2015/08/lacomic-cup-semi-final-news-only-two-remain/

          2014

          Runner-up, Cheshire Prize for Literature

          • This competition, run by the University of Chester, is open to anyone who has ever lived or worked in Cheshire. My short story won a cash prize and anthology publication. http://www.chester.ac.uk/literatureprize