MedComms careers event – January 2016

‘I’m delighted we will once again be running our annual lunchtime MedComms careers event in Oxford on 14 January, supported by Oxford University. Please help spread the word and encourage all relevant others to join us.

We have now completed the line-up of agencies as follows: 7.4 Limited, Ashfield Healthcare Communications, BioScience Communications Darwin Healthcare Communications, Fishawack Group, Highfield Communications, McCann Complete Medical Group, Oxford PharmaGenesis, Porterhouse Medical and The Prime Medical Group. That means the opportunity for attendees to meet at least 30-40 MedComms specialists who are happy to chat about the business and career opportunities.

This will be the tenth such event we have run in Oxford and we have more than proven the value now of gathering together the leading agencies to talk about opportunities in the business. If you’re wondering whether the events are worthwhile, earlier this year I published a host of comments from individuals who had successfully made the transition into MedComms following our events and I know many more have since followed them in.

The event is entirely free of charge and anyone is welcome to attend no matter how many times they have done so before. My advice to jobseekers is always very simple; “Grab as many opportunities as you can to talk to as many people as you can. Whether you are looking to start now or in three years’ time, the more you understand MedComms and the related businesses the more likely you will get the job that best suits you.”

Please do help spread the word. Anyone wanting to learn more about a career in MedComms is very welcome. The more the merrier!

If anyone wants to sign up, they simply send me an email providing details of their current position.

What we need now is as many delegates as possible!


Please help spread the word and encourage all relevant others to join us. Everyone is welcome. It’s entirely free of charge and a great opportunity to meet and chat with lots of specialists about MedComms itself but also about related businesses if people are unsure which direction to take. As always, anyone can come along even if they have been before. The more people someone talks to in MedComms the more they will understand the business and the more likely they will find their entry level opportunity.

Don’t forget we’ve a useful number of entry level job ads over at the NextMedCommsJob service.

Meanwhile all the various resources at remain entirely free to access for everyone.’


Med Comms – useful info, vacancies, and events

The 7th edition of our annual Careers guide is now freely available online at our Starting Out page at and once again we have updated the core text to include new Personal Profiles and up-to-date contact details for many leading MedComms agencies who are keen to hear from people looking for an entry level job in MedComms. My favourite page this year is page 23 – quotes from named individuals who are now working in MedComms having attended our careers events last year. The events really do work! Please share details of this guide with anyone interested in learning more about MedComms.

Note paper copies are available if you want some, they are free of charge while stocks last.

Note also that alongside our three larger, open days each year, we also run a small, intensive workshop in Oxford, which has proven very beneficial for many attendees. The idea of the open events is anyone can come along at whatever stage they are at and find out more about MedComms. The idea of the smaller workshop is that attendees have a genuine interest in pursuing a career in MedComms, and specifically in medical writing which is what we focus on at this event and we provide them with in-depth insight in to the business and the roles available.

The dates this year are 18-19 May. Registration is now open. Places are strictly limited.

Note individuals need to apply via Oxford University – but check out details here first.

Applicants from within University of Oxford and Oxford NHS may attend free of charge. For external applicants there is a fee of 200 pounds to attend.

Finally, don’t forget we’ve a useful number of entry level job ads over at the NextMedCommsJob service so do check these out. There are 32 listed today. In particular note that these new ones went up in the past week; Account Coordinator – London from Inspired Science and Associate Medical Writer – Macclesfield from Windhorse MedComms Services. Please help spread the word.

Meanwhile the various resources at remain entirely free to access.

MedComms event, mainly for PhDs and post-docs

After the success of our previous MedComms careers events over the last 6 years, I’m delighted to confirm we’re now planning dates for 2014. Note I keep the Starting Out web page at bang up-to-date so that is always the best reference point to point people at.

As always, these one day events are all free of charge to attend and everyone is welcome to join us.

They are primarily intended for post-docs and PhD students from academic biomedical sciences departments but we’ve plenty of space and anyone who is interested in learning more about MedComms is very welcome. Please do pass word on.

Oxford on 16 January 2014 – The event will be held at the Medical Sciences Teaching Sciences, Centre (MSTC), South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PL.
Full Details are at

Hopefully we’ll shortly be able to confirm dates for similar events back in Manchester and London as well.

The events provide the opportunity to meet with a number of medical communications (MedComms) professionals for a highly engaging session which presents medical writing and account management in MedComms as an attractive career option.

Attendees are simply asked to please register in advance by emailing their name and current position to me and I will confirm their place by return.

We have a growing list of helpful resources including videos and an up-to-date careers guide to download, as well as details of all past and upcoming events, all freely available at