Careers guide – HEOR and market access medical writing

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

By Linda Harrison, 1st edition published June 2018 [Download your copy

This new 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 seven 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, and an up-to-date directory of agency contacts.

The first edition of this careers guide about HEOR and market access medical writing is freely available here, published by Burntsky Ltd in June 2018, and it will now be updated every year.

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I work in MedComms…

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Whilst preparing the new issue of our latest careers guide, From academic to medical writer: a guide to getting started in medical communications (published March 2018)  we invited people working in medical writing and editing positions in MedComms to tell us why they are doing so….

“I work in MedComms having just finished my PhD, and love that I am still involved in scientific research. It’s great to learn about the latest advances in biomedical science, whilst having an impact on patient care.”

Caroline Anderson, Associate Medical Writer at Envision Pharma Group

“I work in MedComms because whilst I love science, I quickly figured out that post-doc life wasn’t for me. I heard a whisper of ‘medical communications’ and investigated it further – since then I haven’t looked back. I have found enjoyment in medical writing through being immersed in science without spending my days by a microscope. The work we do has the potential to have an impact on patient lives, advancing the care they receive and supporting development of new treatments.”

Jennifer Badger, Senior Medical Writer at Leading Edge (part of Lucid Group)

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The business of medical communications: A guide to getting started in account management

Lindsey Heer, an independent medcomms specialist, provides an overview of the medcomms business and of the role of account and project managers in ensuring project delivery on time and to budget.

Read the accompanying careers guide, The business of medical communications: A guide to getting started in account management, here.

Recorded 7 March 2018 at a MedComms Networking event in Oxford. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv

[Find out more about Lindsey here]

I work in MedComms…

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Whilst preparing the new issue of our latest careers guide, The business of medical communications: a guide to getting started in account management (published January 2018)  we invited people working in account management positions in MedComms to tell us why they are doing so….

I work in MedComms as part of Fishawack’s ever-evolving project management team. Whether it’s in the office or on the football pitch, I’m a team player and believe that communication and cohesion are crucial to bringing about the right result. I enjoy working with clients, colleagues and numbers, and get a kick from managing projects from inception right up until the final whistle.

Pete Aidley, Technical Lead, Project Management Team at Fishawack Communications

I work in MedComms and although I don’t have a scientific background, it really allows me to feel close to the development of life-saving drugs, and knowing that the work I deliver ultimately ends in the care and needs of a patient is beyond rewarding.

Kim Barber, Account Executive at Ashfield Healthcare Communications

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A Guide to Interviews

Screen Shot 2017-03-30 at 17.38.50Whether you’ve been in the MedComms industry for years, or are looking for your first job, interviews can be daunting. Getting the right job boils down to the potential employer being convinced that you’re passionate about them and their work, that you would be an asset and to you being sure this is the right company and job for you. The interview process has to make these things happen and, in each of the steps below, you should have that end in sight.

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