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Writing for Communication Mentorship Scheme

Communicating clearly the findings of evidence syntheses to patients and the public can be challenging, yet possible. Increased health research literacy means a better informed public. Improved dissemination of systematic reviews and other evidence syntheses means the public, clinicians and policymakers can make better decisions based on an overall body of evidence. 

The Evidence Synthesis Ireland ‘Writing for Communication’ Mentorship Programme aims to build capacity in communicating the results of  evidence syntheses by writing for the public, through a facilitated mentorship programme.

The mentor, Dr Muiris Houston, is an award-winning medical journalist and health analyst with The Irish Times, and Writer-in-Residence with Evidence Synthesis Ireland. The successful applicants will receive individual mentorship in writing for the public over a period of six months from Dr Houston. Derek Stewart, OBE, will also provide the public/patient perspective through feedback on mentee’s writing.

Who should apply?

Applicants must have evidence synthesis experience, ideally with a synthesis they have recently authored and are interested in disseminating to the public. The scheme is also open to those who have an understanding of the methodology of evidence synthesis and are interested in communicating the findings of an existing systematic review to the public. This scheme is open to all health and social care professionals and researchers currently resident on the island of Ireland.  

What’s in it for mentees?

  • Develop writing skills, particularly in relation to communicating research to public audiences and engaging with the media
  • Individual mentorship and support for production of two written articles (for print or online, including newspaper articles both broadsheet and tabloid style, blogs, press releases etc.).
  • The mentor will guide the mentee in finding the most appropriate outlet for submission of their piece (*publication is not guaranteed)
  • Develop skills to improve dissemination and application of future research


For more information and to apply, please read the application documents:

  1. Guidance notes 
  2. Application form



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