Judy Hobson is an award winning journalist passionate about health and relationships. In 2018 she was highly commended Freelance of the Year in the Medical Journalists’ Association’s (MJA) Awards and in 2012 won the association’s first award for Excellence in Journalistic Skills.

Her work appears regularly in the health pages of Choice magazine and Judy also contributes to the nationals, including the Daily Mail, The Times and the Sunday Mirror, and other magazines including Waitrose Health.

Judy’s work is often used by medics to help explain their treatments to patients. An article she wrote on overcoming obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is on the South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS trust’s website to help explain the condition to patients and their families.

The support charity for people with Ankylosing Spondylitis, a painful progressive form of inflammatory arthritis, is using her heartbreaking story of a grieving Mum whose eldest son died after taking an overdose of painkillers when pain became too much. It is hoped the story will encourage other young people to seek help and talk to each other via the website.

When she won the 2009 Excellence in Cancer Reporting award at the National Cancer Research Institute conference, the judges said that her engaging style explained technical issues very clearly. They commented: “Judy’s articles enabled those suffering from cancer or whose loved one had cancer to keep informed about research and treatment breakthroughs. Her stories arm them with facts and give hope.”

Her cancer coverage has also earned her a fellowship from the European School of Oncology.

Judy, who is a former Times journalist and was Women’s Editor of the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, is available to help with journalist training and to advise PRs and their clients how to approach the media.