The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the UK’s premier professional organisation for communications professionals. As such it may play a useful role in the professional development of any specialist in healthcare communications.
The CIPR has a well-founded positive reputation for its portfolio of qualifications – in particular the Diploma. In Autumn 2016 the Diploma moved to a new professional syllabus. CHCR tutor, Bernard Carey, also a CIPR chief examiner, led the new syllabus development team.
As demonstrated by the additional exemption at Queen Margaret University for the MSc Strategic Communications, CHCR views the CIPR Diploma as a complementary qualification to the PgCert-HC in a healthcare communicator’s professional development.
CHCR secured full CIPR recognition for the PgCert-HC in Spring 2017. It is currently in discussions regarding CIPR Diploma exemptions for its own graduates.