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

Ask AMICULUM about life in healthcare communications

In this webinar, as part of our celebrations on #MedComms Day 2019, we’re joined by Tom Davies, Kirsty Liversidge, Chloe Mapp and Damian Reynolds, from AMICULUM’s Manchester and Bollington offices for an online discussion about life and careers in healthcare communications, featuring members of their editorial, client services and recruitment teams. Have you ever wondered about what the day-to-day of a medical writer is like? Are you interested in learning more about innovative client projects, or international travel opportunities? It should be of particular 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 12 June 2019 as a MedComms Networking webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv Continue reading

From grad school to en rules: Five things I’ve enjoyed about moving out of the lab and into MedComms

Alex BinksThis article has been contributed by Alex Binks, an Associate Medical Writer at Publicis Resolute.

After spending more than three years doing cancer research in a lab for my PhD, I knew that it was time for a career change. Although I loved the people, my research, and the ability to put “Dr” on every online form I could get my hands on, I felt myself gravitating more and more towards opportunities to explain science to wider audiences. As a result, I made the switch to MedComms and started work as an Associate Medical Writer at Publicis Resolute. Here are a few of my favourite things about the move from lab life to working in a MedComms agency. Continue reading

Working in medical writing with Fishawack Communications

In this webinar, we’re joined by Elena Garonna (Editorial Director), Lizzie Hutchinson (Editorial Director) and Heather Shawcross (Editorial Project lead) from Fishawack who will talk about working within their group of global healthcare communications specialists. Specifically they’ll talk about the role of the writers and explain what they look for in entry-level staff, and the training opportunities and career prospects. Questions from the audience will be welcomed. 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 05 June 2019 as a FirstMedCommsJob webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv Continue reading