GP’s Ditch Sick Note for Fit Note

sick noteAs announced this week, a new ‘fit note’ system which could see people returning to work sooner has been welcomed by employers. The move is set to place the onus on employers to get their staff back into work according to the British Medical Association (BMA).

The traditional sick note required GP’s to decide whether or not the patient was fit for work and how much time they should take off. GP’s will now be required to details of which tasks the patient is capable of carrying out. Employers will be required to accommodate those employees who are still able to perform parts of their jobs.

Dr Laurence Buckman, chairman of the BMA’s GPs committee, welcomed the regulations, He said: “Being in work is good for people’s health and wellbeing and it’s for that reason the BMA is pleased that the sick note system has finally been overhauled.

“It should reduce the number of forms used and will provide a better way for a GP to give advice about a patient to their employer. Most importantly, from today the responsibility will be on employers to act: if a GP decides their patient is capable of some form of work, for example if they’ve got back pain and they should temporarily avoid elements of their normal job, then it will be down to the employer to be flexible enough to accommodate them.”

The bill is designed to reduce the 172 million working days lost to sickness absence per year and aims to benefit the economy by an estimated £240 million over the next decade.

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Medical Advisor based in Buckinghamshire

  • Salary to £85K dependent on experience plus car allowance benefits

Our client, a far-reaching, global pharmaceutical company are currently looking for a Medical Advisor to join their team based in Buckinghamshire. This is a high profile, affiliate role reporting into the UK Medical Director.  The main objective of this Medical Advisor role is to support the organizations development projects and sales and marketing activities across the UK.

Working with in the Medical Division, you will primarily act for the UK affiliate, with opportunities to input into the overall company strategy. As Medical Advisor, you will provide Medical support and advice, especially to Sales, Marketing and Training Departments, particularly those of the Critical Care division, but also within the UK Medical department, and to other UK departments.

Further responsibilities of this Medical Advisor role will include:

  • Develop & maintain good working relationships with existing & emerging Key Opinion Leaders.
  • Maintain up to date clinical knowledge in appropriate therapeutic areas, and provide appropriate strategic & operational input into company objectives.
  • Provide Marketing Divisions with an efficient & effective PMCPA Code compliant medical approval service to help optimise achieving business goals.
  • Develop & maintain good working relationships with appropriate Corporate and UK personnel.
  • Work closely with UK Marketing in drafting phase IV study proposals for submission to Corporate approvals group.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work with a global pharmaceutical company. You will be provided with all the training and support you need to help you to develop and progress in your career, but at the same time be given lots of responsibility and a real sense of ownership.

How to apply:

If you are interested in finding out more about this rare opportunity please contact Ben Traies on 01438 743047, or email btraies@ckmedics.com

 

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Senior Clinical Research Associate (SCRA) based in Hertfordshire, UK

Due to continued growth and success a leading global pharmaceutical company with offices in Hertfordshire are looking for an experienced Senior Clinical Research Associate (CRA) to join them.  This is an initial 12 month fixed term contract with the possibility of going permanent.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Reporting to the Senior Manager/AD or Director, you will undertake primary monitoring and/or co-monitoring of sites participating in studies in accordance with current ICH/GCP guidelines, local regulatory requirements and company SOPs/WPs.
  • The studies may be Phase I through to Phase IV on a European basis.  All site co-ordination activities will also be undertaken including drug accountability and data resolution and the CRA will assist the site in Ethics Committee submissions and preparation of informed consent forms.
  • Where studies have been contracted to CROs for project and site management and monitoring the CRA will perform co-monitoring trips to sites with the monitors of the CRO and will liaise with these monitors regarding site issues.
  • You will be responsible for the quality of the data for those sites to which he or she is assigned as monitor or co-monitor.

 

Requirements:

The ideal candidate for this Senior Clinical Research Associate job will be a science graduate with solid experience of clinical monitoring and site co-ordination, you will have demonstrable experience in the UK and at least one other European country, preferably in a Lead CRA role, and full understanding of current ICH/GCP guidelines. Experience of Oncology clinical trials and tools (such as RECIST and NCI-CTC) is expected.

This is an excellent opportunity to work on ground breaking oncology study.

 

How to Apply

For further information on this role please contact Ben Traies on 01438 743047.  Informal discussions also welcome.  Alternatively, please email a copy of your CV to btraies@ckclinical.co.uk   for consideration.

 

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Clinical Data Associate based in Surrey

A global pharmaceutical is currently looking for an experienced Clinical Data Associate to join their offices based in Surrey. This rare opportunity has come about due to gradual growth of their early phase department. In this role the Clinical Data Project Manager is responsible for providing trial leadership and ownership for a particular trial, set of trials, or programs. The broad applications of this Clinical Data  Manager role will include:

  • Provides the single point of requirements definition, strategy communication, and deliverable acceptance to the vendors executing delivery of clinical data management
  • Provides single point of accountability and deliverable ownership for all aspects of clinical data management.
  • Acts as the primary contact to the study team and program team members for data science and data solution application.
  • Acts as a primary contact within the Data Sciences & Solutions organization for all data issues related to assigned trials
  • Applies specialized therapeutic knowledge and data management discipline knowledge to ensure database deliverables are consistent, accurate, adherent to the data strategy, and deliver the clinical, statistical, and business demands of the team.

Further key responsibilities of this Clinical Data Associate job will include:

1. Deliverable Ownership and Vendor Management (50%)

2. Trial Leadership (35%)

3. Process Improvement (10%)

To be considered for this Clinical Data Associate job you will be educated to a minimum Bachelors degree or equivalent experience. Strong clinical knowledge and an ability to liaise effectively with study team members (i.e. Data Sciences, Statistics, PK, Operations, Medical) is also essential. Further skills and competencies required for this role include:

  • Strong therapeutic/scientific knowledge
  • Experience working on phase I studies
  • Project management experience
  • Vendor management experience
  • Virtual team environment experience

How to Apply

If yourself or anyone you know might be interested in working is this interesting and challenging position please contact Sarah Brunnen on 01438 743047, or email sbrunnen@ckclinical.co.uk.

Alternatively, click here to apply for this Clinical Data Associate job now.

 

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Medical Information Officer Wanted for Established Pharma Company based in Middlesex, UK

We are recruiting for a Medical Information Officer to join an established Pharmaceutical company in Middlesex. As a Medical Information Officer, you will provide a timely, high quality Medical Information service to both internal and external customers, including handling adverse event reports and technical complaints. You will interact with Sales and Marketing for designated therapeutic areas. Part of your role will include providing assistance with copy approval and participate in project work as required.

Key responsibilities of this Medical Information Officer role will be to:

  • Respond to enquiries on company products and therapy areas within timescales agreed with the enquirer and in accordance with the company Standard Operating Procedure.
  • Where relevant to seek advice from, or refer enquiries to, the Senior Medical Information Officers, Medical Information Manager, Medical Advisor and/or Medical Director;
  • Prepare standard responses for “frequently asked questions”, subject to approval from Medical Advisor/Medical Director;
  • Carry out literature searches of in-house and external databases in response to requests for information;
  • Ensure that all potential adverse drug reactions received are processed without delay and in accordance with the current SOP(s);
  • Maintain the Medical Information enquiry management database;
  • Proactively provide relevant scientific, news and business information to internal customers in the Sales, Marketing and Medical Departments;
  • Rapidly appraise scientific and medical journals for content that may have immediate or long-term impact on the Companies’ activities, and after discussion with the Medical Information Manager, to notify colleagues with a critical overview;
  • Liaise with the Medical Information Manager on a fortnightly and ad hoc basis;
  • Participate in and feedback from conferences and meetings as required;
  • Work with Senior MIO to identify and work on areas for competency development to enable additional functions to be undertaken;
  • Ensure that all work complies with current SOPs, the ABPI Code of Practice and the Medicines Act.

The ideal candidate for this Medical Information Officer will be educated to a minimum degree level in pharmacy, pharmacology, life sciences or chemistry. You will also hold the following skills and competencies:

  • Ability to communicate confidently with people at all levels within and outside the company
  • A team player
  • Commercially aware
  • Resourceful
  • Computer literacy including familiarity with the Internet, CD-ROM/online searching and MS Office applications

How to Apply

For more information, or to apply for this Medical Information Officer job, please contact Hendre Moolman on +44 (0)1438 870 023 or email hmoolman@ckclinical.co.uk quoting 19446 to indicate your interest.

Alternatively, click here to apply for this Medical Information Officer job now.

 

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An Interview with a Medical Affairs Professional

Name: Sharon Leighton, BSc, PhD

 

 1. What do you do in Medical Affairs?

Medical Affairs Managers (MAMs) work closely with the brand teams (including marketing, medical and business intelligence colleagues).  We take the brand strategic plan and implement it. The MAM has to know the scientific data on the medicine inside out.  We approve investigator-initiated clinical trials on behalf of the company.  MAMs also approve promotional materials like detail aids (used by sales reps), adverts, websites etc.  We check that the information is balanced, up to date and meets industry standards. The MAMs also help the Medical Information team handle. We sometimes see the doctor to run through the data.

 

2. What is a typical day for you?

Juggling priorities, emails and meetings!  No two days are necessarily the same, which keeps the job interesting. Brand team meetings can easily take all day, especially if there is a promotional campaign to plan and approve.  MAMs also attend scientific meetings where we mingle with the thought leaders in our therapeutic area.

 

3. How did you get into Medical Affairs?

I joined the pharmaceutical industry as a post-doc, working in Neuropharmacological research for a year. But animal allergies forced a job move away from the labs to an office job.  For 3 years I travelled the world training affiliate staff to use product literature databases. I changed company to set up and run a Medical Information Department and moved into more senior roles.  I worked in Global Medical Affairs in AstraZeneca for 3 years before leaving to set up my consultancy business.

 

 4. What do you enjoy most about your job?

Medical Affairs and Medical Information are great jobs for anyone who loves the science behind the medicines, likes to help people and solve problems.  The variety can be breathtaking.  Managing teams, looking for novel, creative solutions to improve our business and services, networking with global colleagues and not least working with doctors and pharmacists in fascinating disease areas.  The intellectual challenge makes it addictive for me.

 

5. What is the hardest part of your job?

Juggling priorities and managing your time can be stressful, especially if you have a perfectionist nature!  You always have a backlog and new deadlines coming in so constantly have to prioritise.  Managing people through change is also challenging, especially when your team are worried about their future.  As long as you can balance personal integrity and empathy with business demands, your leadership qualities will shine through.

 

6. Why did you decide to pursue this career?

I fell into it by circumstance and pure chance! Although it was devastating to give up a research career at the time, on reflection I know it suits my personality and interests more than pure research.

 

7. What can this type of job lead on to?

There is a career pathway in Medical Affairs as a manager. Alternatively you can move into other medical roles like regulatory, Pharmacovigilance, field medical liaison scientist roles etc. Some people move into sales or training.  The skills you develop are easily transferrable. You need to use your finely honed communications and problem solving skills to explain in-depth scientific knowledge at all levels; to patients, doctors or company colleagues.

 

8. What advice would you give to somebody considering Medical Affairs as a career?

Try to shadow someone for a day who works in the role.  Some staff are contractors, usually pharmacists so that can be a route in.  The professional association, Pharmaceutical Information & Pharmacovigilance Association (PIPA. www.pipaonline.org) has more information about the role.  If you work for a company already, could you do a secondment?  Be creative in your solutions!

 

Thank you to Sharon from Sharon Leighton Consultancy for this interesting contribution.  You can visit Sharon’s website here.

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SAS Programmer Required for Company in Switzerland

Our client is  looking for an SAS Programmer to join their Swiss team on a contract basis.

Working as an SAS Programmer, your main responsibilities will include:

  • Coordinate programming activities across several trials with a given compound including publication and regulatory submission activities.
  • Develop programming specifications for analysis datasets, pooled datasets and deliverables in consultation with the statistician.
  • Develop and comply with project/study programming standards and specifications following internal guidelines
  • Program according to specifications, analysis datasets, pooled datasets, listings, and figures for clinical trials and submission activities
  • Support quality control and quality audit of deliverables
  • Provide input as required at all meetings, discussions and activities covering aspects of Statistical Reporting on trial level activities
  • Track clinical trial milestones for statistical reporting deliverables.
  • Maintain records for all assigned projects and archiving of trial/project analysis and associated documentation.
  • Maintain efficient interfaces with internal and external customers and communicate effectively across line functions.

How to Apply

Please contact Jonathan Hart-Smith at CK Clinical for more details or to apply for this position on +44 (0)1438 743047 or email jhartsmith@ckclinical.co.uk

Alternatively, click here to apply for this SAS Programmer role now.

 

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Teva Buys Ratiopharm in Generic Drugs Deal

space4work2As reported on BBC News the Israeli drugs giant, Teva has bought Germany’s second largest generics drug firm Ratiopharm for £3.2bn. Teva beat rival bids from U.S. pharmaceutical powerhouse Pfizer and Iceland’s Actavis.

Teva is already the world’s largest generic drug maker, and as a result of this deal is now number one in Europe, beating Novartis’ generics unit. The deal is also set to increase their presence in Spain, Italy and France.

Teva’s Chief Executive Shlomo Yanai stated, “This is an important acquisition for Teva, This transaction is perfectly aligned with our long-term strategy in which Europe is an important pillar and growth-driver.”

Generics are based around drug patents that have expired, allowing companies to both manufacture and sell them and is therefore seen as a high growth market.

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Project Engineer Required for Medical Device Development Company based in Cambridge, UK

Our client, a successful Medical Device development company are currently looking for a Project Engineer to join their team based in Cambridge.

As Project Engineer, you will be responsible for the implementation and management of product design verification and validation activities. You will also be required to provide innovative solutions to technical problems and work towards goals and targets with minimal guidance. You will occasionally be asked to provide engineering and CAD expertise to project areas.

Further key responsibilities of this Project Engineer role will include:

  • Meeting specific project verification and validation delivery targets.
  • Management and assessment of achievability of technical milestones.
  • Provide feedback to project manager regarding progress and any potential issues.
  • Provision of innovative and realistic technical solutions as part of the design and development team.
  • Assess product and compliance with regulatory and quality management system requirements.
  • Preparation and execution of verification test protocols.
  • Generation of CAD models and engineering drawings.
  • Preparing scientific reports suitable for regulatory submissions and supporting the clinical trial processes as required.
  • Implementing and managing assigned design verification and validation activities to ensure completion of tasks to assigned timelines.
  • Delivery of documentation within assigned project activities that meet the needs of the company’s ISO13485 QMS.
  • Successful management of internal and external resources.

The ideal candidate for this Project Engineer role will have a strong working knowledge of the following:

  • Product development within ISO 13485 system
  • Materials used in medical devices

How to Apply

For more information or to apply for this Project Engineer job, please contact Meera Pattni on 01438 743047 or email mpattni@ckclinical.co.uk.

Alternatively, click here to apply for this Project Engineer job now.

 

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Unit Manager (Clinical Development & Medical and Regulatory Affairs) based in Belgium

Our client, a leading pharmaceutical company, are currently looking for a Unit Manager to join their team based in Belgium. Its Diagnostics unit applies its research and know-how in molecular biology, immunology, and virology to build a business of specialty diagnostics products in the areas of infectious diseases, neuro degeneration and genetic testing. In-line with business strategy and resulting Product Development Portfolio, as Unit Manager, you will ensure the registration of diagnostic systems with the desired clinical value and medical relevance. Further responsibilities of this Unit Manager role include:

  • Creation of business relevant clinical value for diagnostic systems
  • Manage the complete Clinical and Regulatory Diagnostic System cycle
  • Manage the Medical Affairs related aspects of diagnostic systems
  • Manage the complete People & Budget cycle

The ideal candidate for this Unit Manager role will be educated to MD or PhD (or equivalent) in a medical or life sciences subject. You will also have at least 4 years od experience in co-ordinating full scope clinical studies, along with demonstrable experience in building of clinical value for Dx applications. Experience in dealing with Regulatory Authorities and a strong knowledge of ICH-GCP guidelines and in the performance of evaluation studies for registration purpose is also preferable. The following skills and competencies are also essential for this role

  • Strong organisational and interpersonal skills
  • Strong communicative skills
  • Strong pro-active and problem-solving skills
  • Strategic thinker

How to Apply If you are interested in learning more about this high profile Unit Manager opportunity please contact Ben Traies at btraies@ckmedics.com or call 01438 870021 for a confidential discussion.   Alternatively, click here to apply for this Unit Manager role now. About CK Clinical Here at CK Clinical, we pride ourselves on our honest and supportive approach. Our team of specialist recruiters and career consultants are here to help you achieve your career ambitions within the clinical and pharmaceutical industry. We can actively offer you careers advice, help with writing your CV, assistance with your interview preparation and provide you with up to date information about the industry. CKC012twitter2linkedin2facebook2 youtube2

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