Dan Hartland has an extensive background in healthcare communications and marketing, operating his own consultancy business for much of the last decade. He has worked with the Department of Health, NHS England and several NHS Trusts nationwide. In addition, he has extensive experience in the digital media sector, focusing on copywriting and content strategy.
Dan graduated from the University of Birmingham with a first-class honours degree in English and History in 2003, achieving the highest grade of any student in his cohort. He then worked at Birmingham’s premier arts development, the Custard Factory, developing several successful projects alongside some of the organisation’s most innovative tenants.
This marketing and project management experience was essential to Dan’s move into independent consultancy, and he has since worked on the DH care quality initiative High Quality Care For All, working closely with Lord Ara Darzi’s team to ensure the horizontal and vertical communication of key messages to clinical stakeholders. Most recently, he has worked with the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network in order to achieve similar strategic aims.
Dan has also worked extensively in digital communications with the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, developing strategies for the Trust’s research and innovation hub, its Sexual Health and HIV Services, and more. He is routinely consulted by Trust staff on issues of digital and multimedia communication, and has developed an instinctive understanding of the particular needs of the NHS and healthcare in this arena.
Dan is both Secretary and Director of Operations for Saving Lives, a charity he helped found alongside Dr Steve Taylor of Heartlands HIV Service.