This came to me via PiF, the Patient Information Forum whose website is http://www.pifonline.org.uk/ and the site for this job is http://www.pifonline.org.uk/writer-needed-for-asthma-uk/
It is not on Asthma UK’s jobs page though, maybe it will be added…
I think Asthma UK recently won the ‘best website’ category in the AMRC’s science communication awards.
SPCs mean Summary of Product Characteristics and are detailed documents containing info about drugs, aimed at prescribers. They’re freely available online at the eMC (electronic medicines compendium) along with the PILs which are patient information leaflets (ie, packet inserts). You can also get PILs from other sources such as X-PIL which additionally provides a ‘read out over the phone’ service for visually impaired users.
You can get useful information about the classes of drugs (to orient you, eMC is v detailed on a per drug basis) from the BNF (British National Formulary) which is free to use but registration is required.
It might also be useful to see what NICE guidance is available for the treatment of asthma, and check Cochrane Library? If time permitted I’d be tempted to look for case studies in medical literature as there could be pointers on how to reduce side-effects (“adverse events”). Poss not tho.
As a patient advocate I’d be quite chuffed if you managed to get info about the Yellow Card Scheme in which anyone can report a suspected adverse drug event.