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Stephen is a highly enthusiastic and dynamic Account Director and Patient Involvement Lead with a passion for delivering patient-centred communications.
Stephen joined Aurora in 2015 to take the lead on their patient involvement activities and has since been working on patient-focused programmes for Novartis, Takeda, Vertex, and the patient group Crohn’s and Colitis UK. Stephen developed Aurora’s patient involvement PARTNER framework and has extensive experience co-creating programmes with patients, both in face-to-face workshops and within online communities. With Novartis, he worked on the patient empowerment programme Ask for Clear, which was co-created by a group of people with psoriasis to instil belief in others that clear skin is possible and to help them participate in shared decision making with their doctor.
Previous to Aurora, Stephen worked at the patient group Arthritis Ireland where he gained a broad range of experience across PR and digital. His expertise lie in developing creative communications that resonate with patients and he also spearheaded the creation of the organisation’s digital properties with the development of a website and social media platforms.
Stephen started his career as a news journalist for two Irish national newspapers where he worked across a broad range of subjects, including health, and broke numerous front-page stories. His studies include separate postgraduate diplomas in journalism and communications, and also digital marketing.
Stephen enjoys working within healthcare because of the positive impact it can make on the lives of people with health conditions and the exciting potential for its future, particularly within the areas of rare diseases and chronic conditions.
Patient Involvement Lead
When working on programmes for clients, I will always aim to involve patients in their development. This means creating an environment where people feel comfortable sharing their opinions and motivated to work with others to co-create programmes or materials that make a genuine difference to the wider patient community.Work in progress