Former Gazette reporter Jaclyn makes the news

Jaclyn Curry, winner of The Ken Robinson Award 2011.
Jaclyn Curry, winner of The Ken Robinson Award 2011.
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A FORMER Northumberland Gazette reporter has scooped a top regional public relations award.

Jaclyn Curry, a communications officer at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, was given The Ken Robinson Award 2011 at the annual CIPR PRide Awards in the North East.

The special award is presented every year to someone the media believes provides an excellent service on behalf of their organisation or clients.

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the industry body for communications, PR and marketing professionals.

Jaclyn, who hails from Wooler but now lives in North Shields, joined the Trust in 2008. The Trust manages hospitals and community health services in North Tyneside and hospitals, community health and adult social care services in Northumberland.

Jaclyn, 31, said: “I am delighted to receive this award and the fact that journalists nominated me makes it extra special. My background in journalism has helped me make the transition into public relations and I would like to thank the team at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust for their continued help and support.”

Claire Riley, director of communications and engagement at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Jaclyn has been an excellent asset to the communications team at the Trust and this award is fantastic recognition for all her hard work.

“She has developed good working relationships with journalists and provides a prompt and efficient service to them. She draws on her journalistic experience and is an excellent example of how those in public relations can work well with the media.”

Since joining the Trust, Jaclyn has helped communicate the Trust’s plans to invest £200million to significantly improve healthcare in Northumberland and North Tyneside.