Careers guide – A writer’s role in drug development

regulatory_writers_cover_369x522A writer’s role in drug development: a guide to getting started in regulatory medical writing

By Dr Debbie Brix Reynolds, 3rd edition published September 2021 [Download your copy]

This guide aims to provide an insight into regulatory medical writing with a focus on drug development as opposed to medical devices, although writers work in both areas. It explores the roles and attributes of the writer, tips on winning your first regulatory writing role and help in deciding whether this would be the career for you, drawing comparisons with working in MedComms.

The 3rd edition of this careers guide about regulatory medical writing is freely available here, published by Burntsky Ltd in September 2021, and it will now be updated every year.

Publication of this careers guide has been supported by Insight Medical Writing


Life outside of the lab – understanding a career in medical communications

Do you have strong scientific credentials, but the lab isn’t for you? Are you interested in a job that deals with cutting-edge developments in medicine? If so, watch this recording of a webinar from the Helios Global Group, ‘Life outside of the lab – understanding a career in medical communications’.

You will learn about medical communications, how to successfully start a career in ‘MedComms’, the recruitment opportunities that are available at Helios and what to expect from the application and interview process. The Helios panel, Liam Burnham (Associate Scientific Director), Anoja Dissanayake (Scientific Project Lead), Sarah El-Sheikh (Scientific Lead) and Philippa Griffiths (Scientific Database Coordinator)  – all of whom have been in your position and know what it’s like to love science but want something beyond the lab.

Recorded as a live webinar, 3 June 2021, by the Helios Global Group and is included here with their permission.

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Is there a doctor in the house? The value of a medical degree for a career in MedComms

In this webinar we are joined by Beth Wynne-Evans, Natasha Daoud and Jessica Sale who have all qualified in clinical medicine and then transitioned into careers in MedComms, and now form The Porterhouse Medical Advisory Group (MAG). Some people are surprised not to find more medics working directly in medical communications. We’ll learn how this specialist group believes they offer first-hand clinical experience to colleagues and clients, adding value as they can provide insight into what resonates with fellow health care professionals (HCPs) and patients, to leave a lasting impact on prospective prescribers. And we answer questions from the audience.

It should be of interest to anyone who is looking for insights in to MedComms as a career, but in particular anyone with a medical background.

Recorded 19 May 2021 as a MedComms Networking webinar. Produced by

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FirstMedCommsJob: In conversation with the medical writers

In this webinar, we’re joined by Cassidy Fiford (Medical Writer, Oxford PharmaGenesis) and Danny Hawker (Senior Medical Writer, Ashfield MedComms) to talk about their own journeys into MedComms and their current roles, the day-to-day working life of medical writers, training opportunities and career prospects. Both panellists have been profiled in the new issue of our annual FirstMedCommsJob careers guide, From academic to medical writer: a guide to getting started in medical communications, published in March 2021. And we answer questions from the audience.

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.

Recorded 31 March 2021 as a MedComms Networking webinar. Produced by

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Achieving your best results in an video interview


So, hopefully after reading our CV guide you have now secured yourself an interview. The majority of companies during the pandemic have had to pivot to virtual interviewing. Despite this shift the most important advice doesn’t actually change (read our article on general interview tips for medcomms). However, to help your next video interview go as smoothly as possible we’ve collated some specific tips from speaking with clients and candidates sitting on both sides of the interviewing process.

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Getting the most out of your recruiter – specialist advice


When you find a recruiter you gel with it can be the beginning of a life-long relationship, a trusted partner you can turn to for professional advice at any stage of your career. It’s worth remembering that a lot of jobs don’t get advertised and a professional, specialist recruiter can give you inside information on the medcomms market that is hard to find anywhere else. Your recruiter may hold the ticket to your dream job, so here are some tips on getting the most out of that relationship.

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Top CV Tips – specialist advice


Your CV is one of the most important documents you will ever write. It is a sales tool to get you an interview, so it is important to get it right.

Think: you are the brand and your CV is the sales document.

The right choice of words genuinely makes a difference as to whether you get the job or not. Read our tips below to ensure you show any potential employer just why they should hire you!

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A Guide to Interviews


Whether 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. During lockdown, of course, everything is online and Zoom interviews have become the norm, but all the principles of interviewing remain the same.

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