What’s this all about?

We’re here to help you learn about careers in MedComms and then, if you decide it’s of interest, to help you get your first job! Good luck.

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We’re grateful for contributions from many members of the MedComms Networking community and specifically the following Sponsors: AMICULUM Ltd, Ashfield Healthcare Communications, Envision Pharma Group, Fishawack Group, Helios Medical Communications, Highfield, Lucid Group and Oxford PharmaGenesis.

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Upcoming events

Relevant upcoming careers events:

Check out www.MedCommsNetworking.com for many more meetings that you might find of interest. The following are specifically intended for entry-level job seekers…

Open Careers Event: Introduction to MedComms
Date: 10 September 2019
Venue: University of Manchester Sackville Street Building, Sackville Street, M1 3NJ
[see programme and registration details here]

Writing skills for medical writers: what MedComms agencies expect
Date: 10 October 2019
Venue: The Windsor Centre, 15-29 Windsor Street, London, N1 8QG
[see programme and registration details here]

I work in HEOR/market access…

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Whilst preparing the new issue of our latest careers guide, Evidence generation and communication: a guide to getting started in HEOR/market access medical writing (published June 2019)  we invited people working in HEOR/market access to tell us why they are doing so….

“I work in HEOR/market access because I want to help deliver promising therapies to patients. It’s exciting to read in the news that a product my team worked on has reached the market and now helps patients to address their needs.”

Federica Benassi, Consultant at Valid Insight

“I work in HEOR/market access consulting because I enjoy finding creative, novel approaches to communicating the value of new technologies at a global, European and UK level. The work is incredibly varied, ranging from the development of detailed, fully-referenced value dossiers to visually impactful presentations, and bespoke cost-effectiveness and budget impact models. Ultimately, I enjoy contributing to improved healthcare and helping patients gain access to the therapies that they need.”

Tom Blaikie, Market Access Consultant at OPEN VIE (Part of the OPEN Health Group) Continue reading

Inside the award-winning Allegro Programme

image1This article has been contributed by Deborah Porter, an Associate Medical Writer at Ashfield Healthcare Communications.

As someone who has spent their entire working life in the NHS, I thought I was a bit long‑in‑the‑tooth for a change of career. For years I had wanted to take a different path in my scientific journey, but never quite found the courage. Then, at the start of 2019, I decided I was going to be brave and go for it. I knew I wanted to stay in science and that I wanted to write, so it seemed like a good choice to become a medical writer. I began applying for Associate Medical Writer positions, and was lucky enough to catch the attention of the Allegro team at Ashfield Healthcare Communications. Continue reading

Working in client services with inScience Communications

In this webinar, we’re joined by Neil Godlieb (Group Account Director), Mike Nixon (Group Account Director), Jordan Jones (Account Executive) and Kate Badley (Account Executive) from inScience Communications, part of the Springer Nature group. They talk specifically about working in client services teams, providing account management and project management skills alongside their editorial colleagues to deliver client solutions. What do they look for in entry-level staff, what training is provided and what are the career prospects? It should be of interest to anyone who is looking for insights in to MedComms as a career and how to maximise their chances of gaining an entry level job. And we answer questions from the audience.

Recorded 19 June 2019 as a MedComms Networking webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv Continue reading

Careers guide – HEOR and market access medical writing 2nd Edition

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Evidence generation and communication: a guide to getting started in HEOR/market access medical writing

By Linda Harrison, 2nd edition published June 2019 [Download your copy

This guide focuses on medical writing roles in the HEOR/market access arenas, but will be of interest to anyone who wants to understand more about the business of ensuring access to new medicines and devices for patients. If you have an interest in the commercial aspects of healthcare delivery and in helping deliver value to patients, a passion for writing and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, then working in HEOR/market access might be for you. This guide will provide you with an in-depth introduction to this specialist area.

This issue includes eight personal profiles written by current specialists in leading HEOR/market access companies, describing their personal journeys and the day-to-day work they now do.

The second edition of this careers guide about HEOR and market access medical writing is freely available here, published by Burntsky Ltd in June 2019, and it will now be updated every year. Continue reading