Analyst/Medical Writer - Cambridge
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- Collaborative, self-motivated individuals with a genuine interest in healthcare and a minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree in a scientific discipline are sought for this Analyst/Medical Writer role. Strong analytical and organizational skills, along with excellent written English and attention to detail, are essential for success in this Cambridge-based position. Fluency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is also necessary.
- The Analyst/Medical Writer will be responsible for conducting literature reviews, developing communication strategies, creating evidence-based materials, and supporting clients in various healthcare sectors such as Market Access, HTA, Medical Affairs, Publications, Rare Diseases, MedTech, Real-World Evidence, Pro Bono, Health Policy, and Health Economics and Statistics. They will use their exceptional writing skills, scientific understanding, and strategic thinking to deliver high-quality projects that have a direct impact on patient access to healthcare and the successful reimbursement of therapies.
- Analysts and Medical Writers work on projects involving the detailed analysis of data from clinical trials and the assimilation and creative presentation of this analysis in different formats including posters, slide sets, value dossiers, reports and peer-reviewed publications. These deliverables are used directly by our clients in communication with external stakeholders instrumental to the successful uptake of novel therapies. The work is structured on a project-by-project basis and you will usually be working on several projects in different disease areas at any one time.
- You will work in project teams alongside experienced colleagues, who provide one-to-one training in the technical aspects of the role, including project management and effective client communication. Delivering project work requires close collaboration with clients, and following a successful induction period you will increasingly participate in teleconferences and face-to-face meetings with external stakeholders.
- Costello Medical is structured into divisional teams focusing on distinct medical communications and health economics services or serving a specific sector within the healthcare industry. Where possible and suitable, Analysts and Medical Writers can work cross-divisionally to develop a broad understanding of the company’s services and clients. On joining the company you will be assigned to a “home” division based on your own interests and skills, but you may have the opportunity to work on projects with two divisions at one time. Additionally, there is the possibility to change your division(s) during your career at Costello Medical which can provide future opportunities to explore different project types.
- Your job title will be dependent on your allocated home division, with most new joiners being called Analysts, except those that work exclusively on Publications projects, who will be called Medical Writers.
- If you have an interest in joining a specific division you will be encouraged to specify this in your application form. Please note that, if successful, your divisional allocation(s) will be confirmed closer to your start date and, whilst every effort will be made to consider your preference, this will be subject to business need and our assessment of where your skillset and experience will be most valuably applied.
- We are looking for individuals who are collaborative, self-motivated and enthusiastic with a genuine interest in healthcare and an eagerness to learn about new areas of science.
- An undergraduate degree level qualification in a scientific discipline (minimum 2.1 or equivalent). Postgraduate qualifications (minimum 2.1 or equivalent) would be an advantage, but they are not a requirement for the role. We welcome applications from candidates with a diverse range of specialisms, including but not limited to; biology, chemistry, pharmacy and medicine
- Fluency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
- Excellent written English
- An exceptional attention to detail
- Strong analytical skills
- Strong organisational skills and the ability to work across multiple projects at the same time
- An aptitude for and experience of planning and writing scientific documents which could include lab reports, dissertations, poster or oral presentations and articles for websites or student magazines, poster or oral presentations, peer-reviewed scientific publications, book chapters, grant applications, regulatory documents
2:1 or higher
Area of Responsibilities
- Market Access: Within the healthcare sector, the Market Access process is essential to ensuring that medicines are reimbursed and rapidly made available to patients who need them. Our Market Access team supports a wide range of clients in developing the communication strategy essential to demonstrating the clinical and economic value of some of the newest, most innovative therapies in development. Our work is multidisciplinary, often beginning with evidence generation in the form of literature reviews, advisory boards with clinicians and payers, or economic modelling, to inform the development of global materials that present an evidence-based account of the product’s value in a compelling and accessible manner. These materials are used by our clients for the creation of further regional materials, ensuring that the product communication strategy is consistent across local market’s pricing and reimbursement submissions. As a result, our work has a direct impact on patient access to medicines worldwide. We also create local materials, from reports to help our clients understand the marketplace that their products will be entering, through to leave-pieces to educate payers about the budget and resource implications of new, high-impact medicines coming to market. A role in the Market Access division suits those who are passionate about patient access to healthcare and are fast-learners, with a strategic, problem solving mindset coupled with exceptional writing skills.
- HTA: By joining the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) division you will work on the successful delivery of projects to demonstrate the clinical and health economic value of some of the newest and most innovative therapies in development. In countries where HTA represents the final hurdle before a new therapy can achieve patient access, your work will have a direct impact on the successful reimbursement of these therapies. You will work closely with your clients to develop the HTA strategy for each project from the outset and will use your excellent written communication skills and scientific understanding to create clear, evidence-based, and strategic narratives to help demonstrate the cost-effectiveness of new therapies to the healthcare system. To date, the HTA team at Costello Medical have worked on over 100 submissions to national reimbursement agencies, including the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK, the European HTA agency EUnetHTA and Singapore’s Agency for Care Effectiveness (ACE). No prior experience or knowledge of economics is required (though there is considerable opportunity to develop knowledge of health economics in the role), but good numerical skills, the ability to critically appraise clinical evidence and strategic thinking are key to the role.
- Medical Affairs: Medical Affairs provides the scientific bridge between clinical development and commercial functions in pharmaceutical and device companies. Most activities have a strong patient and/or healthcare professional (HCP) focus, and act to educate and inform clinical decision making and patient care, or to gather insights that inform a product’s clinical development. As a member of the Medical Affairs team, you will work closely with our clients to present the ‘science behind the product’ through a wide range of projects including medical education events, advisory boards and medical information materials. You will collaborate with and support expert advisors and event speakers, and the requirement for on-site support at certain events provides opportunities for international travel. You will develop a complementary set of strong scientific, creative and writing skills, as well as the opportunity to become extremely knowledgeable about the therapy areas in which you work. The ability to creatively present scientific information to a wide range of audiences would be valuable in this role.
- Literature Reviews and Synthesis: Literature Reviews and Synthesis projects involve the identification of clinical, economic and real-world evidence to support the value of a pharmaceutical product or medical device. Our work includes rigorous systematic literature reviews that can be used to inform meta-analyses and network meta-analyses, as well as more creative and pragmatic evidence reviews to inform clients’ strategic decisions with regard to clinical development or market access. You will gain a thorough understanding of how to conduct various kinds of evidence review from searching to interpretation of results, ensuring that the reviews conform to industry guidelines where applicable. You will also be involved in writing up the methods and results of the reviews into engaging reports and slide sets. Furthermore, as original research in their own right, we publish many of our reviews as conference presentations or journal publications. This role suits those who are passionate about the concept of evidence-based medicine, have excellent attention to detail and organisational skills, and a talent for communication.
- Publications: As a member of the Publications team you will work closely with clients and world-renowned opinion leaders to produce publications that communicate key scientific and clinical data to a wide audience. This includes the development of abstracts and manuscripts, as well as posters and oral presentations for large international congresses, with the opportunity to provide on-site support at such events. In addition, you may have the chance to work on regulatory documents, lay summaries and policy-related publications. You will receive one-to-one training on the technical aspects of the role, including good publication practice and strategic publication planning. This role is for those looking to apply their scientific writing and creative skills to deliver high-impact publication projects to a wide range of clients.
- Rare Diseases: To date, over seven thousand rare diseases have been identified but only four hundred have an approved treatment; our specialised Rare Diseases team supports this sector in overcoming the unique challenges they face, such as an urgent need to bring treatments to patients, little clinical or health economic evidence and limited understanding of the condition across the clinical community and society as a whole. By joining this team, you will develop the appropriate skills and deliver projects that require a broad range of technical expertise and knowledge across all of our service offerings, including literature reviews, the development of global economic models and publications, and the organisation of medical education events. You will also have the opportunity to work on some of the most cutting-edge treatments, such as gene therapies, supporting patients in accessing potentially lifechanging treatments. This is an exciting time to join our growing Rare Diseases team and to apply your exceptional written and technical skills to the rare diseases field, leading to a measurable impact on access to novel, often life-extending, treatments for rare disease patients.
- MedTech: Manufacturers of medical devices face different challenges to pharmaceutical companies, and therefore we have a dedicated team that supports this distinct sector of the healthcare industry. Our team helps medical device manufacturers in bringing new technologies to market, and communicating the value of their brand. By joining this team, you will gain an understanding of the delivery of all our service offerings, with a focus on conducting literature reviews, compiling evidence summaries, creating key value messages and developing evidence-based customer-facing materials (such as brochures, apps and health economic tools). You will work in a growing team and develop strong relationships with clients, being able to support them through all aspects of their work. You will also help refine newer services for the team and attract new clients. A strong interest in medical devices is essential for the role, along with a flexible nature to accommodate the various needs of clients, and the ability to compellingly communicate the value of a product to a wide range of audiences.
- Real-World Evidence: Real-world evidence (RWE) is becoming increasingly important for the demonstration of clinical and economic value of pharmaceuticals and medical technologies. Our RWE team contribute to the design, execution and subsequent reporting of prospective, retrospective or cross-sectional real-world studies. They develop protocols and statistical analysis plans (in collaboration with our Statisticians, clients and external experts), acquire and analyse data, and communicate the methodologies and results in both written and oral formats. Studies include data from patient registries, claims databases, prospective studies or any other source of real-world data, and involve a wide range of research questions on burden of disease, clinical effectiveness or economic topics, among others. As one of our most recently established divisions, this is an exciting time to join our growing RWE team; you will play a key role in shaping the future of Costello Medical’s RWE service offering by delivering high-quality real-world studies that can make a meaningful impact in a wide range of disease areas. The role would be well-suited to someone with an interest in epidemiology or biostatistics, although no formal background in these areas is required.
- Pro Bono: Our Pro Bono division delivers projects free-of-charge to charities and not-for-profit organisations within the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors, with the aim of making a real difference to causes that our staff care about. We offer our full range of services on a pro bono basis, working collaboratively across our divisions and office locations to secure the right expertise to fulfil project briefs. By joining as an Analyst within our Pro Bono division, you will develop the appropriate skills and deliver projects that require a broad range of technical expertise and knowledge across our service offerings, including health economics, literature reviews, medical writing, peer-reviewed publications, medical education and design materials.
- Health Policy: Communications play a central role in health policy, helping to inform policy change at both the local and global level. At Costello Medical, our team provide end-to-end support on a diverse range of health policy projects to address unmet needs, promote best practice and, ultimately, enhance the quality of care for patients. We combine a strong scientific understanding, passion for health policy, ability to tailor language to different target audiences, and in-house design skills to develop impactful health policy publications.
- Health Economics and Statistics: As an Analyst in our Health Economics and Statistics (HES) division, you will work on projects involving the statistical analysis of data and the development of economic models, as well as the communication of the relevant methods and results to clients in a variety of formats, such as reports and slide decks. Health economics projects involve developing economic models that determine whether interventions are good value for money and/or provide an affordable treatment option to the healthcare system. Statistics projects involve analysing patient-level clinical trial data, observational study data, real-world data and published aggregate data to answer particular questions about relevant treatments; for example, whether one treatment is more effective than another in terms of a given outcome. When working as an Analyst on these projects, you will support the health economists who develop these models and the statisticians who analyse the data. This could involve writing up protocols and reports, searching and validating model inputs and providing input to the validity of model structures or assumptions used in statistical analysis from a clinical or scientific perspective.
- Our recruitment process includes a written assessment for you to complete in your own time. If successful, you will be invited to an interview which will include a short presentation you can prepare for in advance. Our standard recruitment process lasts around 1 month however, this can be adapted if necessary.
- We are currently recruiting for start dates throughout 2023 which occur on a monthly basis, and you will be asked to state your availability on your application form. Please note that this role is available in our Global Headquarters in Cambridge, our London and Manchester offices and the newly opened Bristol office.
- We accept applications for our Analyst/Medical Writer role on a rolling basis and, therefore, there are no set application deadlines. However, we would encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible so that we can begin processing your application.