Tim Albert was born in 1947. He studied psychology and sociology at Surrey University and then trained as a journalist on local newspapers in Devon. In 1973 he moved to London and started working on national newspapers, and specialised in education.
In the 1980s he became a medical journalist, and in 1990 set up as a trainer, specialising in writing and editing skills for health professionals.
Tim moved on from full time training in 2007. He now writes and promotes books and cultivates his garden in Surrey. Until recently he helped to inspect hospitals and GP surgeries but the Care Quality Commission decided that he – and his colleagues – were being paid twice as much as they felt they were worth.
Journalism: Tim had formal training as a journalist on the IPC training scheme in Devon. He later worked as a reporter and sub editor for the Times, the Guardian, the Times Education Supplement, New Society and more. He specialised in education and became education correspondent of the New Statesman. He spent one year as assistant editor (training) of the Nassau Tribune, and then moved into medical journalism, becoming executive editor of World Medicine and later editor of BMA News Review.
Other activities: Tim was a visiting fellow in medical writing at the University of Southampton, training adviser to the British Medical Journal, deputy chairman of the Medical Journalists Association and council member of the Committee on Publication Ethics. He was also a judge for the BUPA Foundation Communications Award.
During this time he wrote three books on medical writing and many articles about training and He also published an edited Short Words – a twice yearly newsletter reporting and commenting on written communication in the health services.
Qualifications: Tim has a BSc in Human Relations from the University of Surrey, National Council for the Training of Journalists proficiency certificate (distinction and a national prize), Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
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