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Open MedComms Careers Event – 12th January 2017 – Oxford

Venue: Oxford University, UK

Date: 12 January 2017

This will be the eleventh time we have run what is now established as an annual event in Oxford. Once again we will have an enthusiastic audience of post-docs and DPhil/PhD students and others from the biomedical sciences departments within and around Oxford and from other Universities across the UK, who will meet with a number of medical communications professionals for a highly engaging session which presents medical writing and account management in MedComms as attractive career options.

Everyone welcome!


The Ashfield AMW Assessment Centre – My inside story by Emily Fisher (Associate Medical Writer)

dscf4415When it came to searching for a job at the end of my degree and with graduation looming, I knew that any career I pursued needed to involve the crucial aspect of writing. Although I loved lab work, my favourite part of any project was always writing it up. I thoroughly enjoyed being able to consolidate everything I had done and achieved into one piece of writing.

I also wanted to work in a fast-paced varied environment that not only utilised both my love of writing and science, but allowed me to work on exciting and innovative developments in healthcare and pharmaceuticals. Taking all of this into account, it seemed natural for me to try and pursue a career in medical writing.

Having researched medical communications companies surrounding the Manchester area, I stumbled upon the Ashfield Healthcare website. I decided to do some research on Ashfield Healthcare and discovered the extent to which they are leaders in healthcare l communications partnering with the pharmaceutical industry. The idea of being a part of such a world-class company was something that I found very exciting. I also believed that my values closely matched those of the Ashfield way: Quality, Partnership, Ingenuity, Expertise and Energy. It seemed like an ideal match, so I didn’t hesitate to apply when I saw a vacancy for an Associate Medical Writer.

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Successful internships: a company perspective


Costello Medical Consulting have been running an internship programme since 2012 and this is described in the following article, which was previously published in the Journal of the European Medical Writers Association (EMWA); Medical Writing, Volume 25 issue 3, September 2016.

Authors; Debbie Nixon and Sophie Pearson of Costello Medical Consulting

Medical communications is a rapidly growing industry and competition for experienced recruits is often fierce. Paradoxically, however, ‘getting your foot in the door’ can be very difficult for those without formal medical writing experience. Thus, for applicants wishing to embark on a career in medical communications, prior experience can strengthen a candidate’s CV and provide them with an invaluable insight into the day-to-day life of a medical writer.

In lieu of previous employment in the medical writing field, a well-structured internship should also enable the intern to sharpen their writing and editorial skills, whilst learning more about the healthcare industry in general, ultimately increasing their chances of finding a suitable job in medical communications. There are also notable benefits for the host company, since the additional resource provided by interns can make important contributions to project work, easing the workloads of perm- anent staff, and provide opportunities to staff members looking for line management experience. Moreover, a successful period of on-the-job training and development of a core set of medical writing skills may result in the offer of a permanent position with the host company or elsewhere.

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Launch your career in medical writing at Ashfield’s 21st October 2016 Assessment Day

ashfield260516Ashfield Healthcare Communications have announced their next Assessment Day. It’s a bumper one this time with 10 roles to be filled and roles can be based at any of the offices in Macclesfield, Witney, Maidenhead, London, Glasgow or Ashby.

They say:

Our next Assessment Centre for Associate Medical Writers will be at our Head Office in Ashby-de-la-Zouch

The day will assess your skills including your ability to write, work as part of a team and communicate effectively. In addition there will also be the opportunity to learn firsthand what it’s like to work at Ashfield and to be a Medical Writer.

No experience is necessary: Ashfield provides extensive training, development and mentoring. As one of our writers you’ll benefit from a clear path for advancement, diverse project work, very competitive salary and benefits, and opportunities to travel.

Ashfield Healthcare Communications works with the biggest brands in pharma and we are recognised as a leading Med Comms agency. We create innovative communication solutions that put patients first and drive success for our clients.

The Assessment Day will be running on 21st October 2016

Location: Ashfield House, Resolution Road, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire LE65 1HW Find out more and apply ASAP, as places are limited

Tel: 01625 664 096 Email: AHCrecruitment@ashfieldhealthcare.com