The tasks of a medical information professional include reporting adverse reactions, production and appraisal of relevant scientific news, monitoring compliance with SOPs, providing product training, managing databases, writing protocols and manuscripts and updating of safety reports.
The market for medical information professionals is very competitive. Recently, this has been attributable to the high numbers of mergers and acquisitions within the industry, many of which have led to redundancies within the medical information departments. This has resulted in an increased number of experienced medical information professionals being available in the market.
Hays Life Sciences is a leading pharmaceuticals and biotech staffing and recruitment company. With many years of experience, we work in around 25 countries to fill vacancies for medical information professionals, as well as other pharmaceuticals roles.
Medical information careers
Those seeking a career in medical information generally come from a pharmacy background. Candidates with good clinical knowledge and experience in a hospital environment usually do well, as they have therapy knowledge that transfers well into the medical information industry.
Candidates with strong academic records in research-based roles will also find success in a medical information position. In most cases, a life science degree and a pharmacy qualification are required and in some cases, PhDs are desirable.
The market for medical information jobs is very strong within the UK, but positions can sometimes be found in other countries as well. Because roles in medical information require clear written and verbal communications, candidates should be fluent in the language of the country where they will be working.
"As a medical information professional's career develops, they will move on to roles such as senior, principal officer / associate and even into managerial positions."
Candidates seeking good opportunities for career progression will do well in the medical information sector. Those new to the industry will generally be offered a role as an officer or associate, with tasks including phone-based work answering enquiries. As a medical information professional's career develops, they will move on to roles such as senior, principal officer / associate and even into managerial positions.
Whatever the medical information role that a candidate secures, it will provide exposure to the ABPI Code of Practice. This experience could lead to a medical information professional looking after an entire product portfolio, giving them the opportunity to become involved with promotional activities, as well as working with sales and marketing teams.
Roles in medical information are extremely varied and yearly salaries can range from £22,000 to £45,000. The amount of remuneration that a candidate receives will depend greatly on the job responsibilities, the candidate's experience and the location of the position.
Typical roles in medical information
Roles in medical information are extremely varied, but whatever position a candidate pursues, an aptitude for communication is essential. Medical information professionals should also be organised and personable with strong leadership skills. Good at time keeping, they should be able to effectively prioritise their time and work well with people at all levels. Senior medical information officers oversee the development and introduction of new pharmaceutical products, ensuring compliance with company procedures and the ABPI Code of Practice.
Medical information advisors work with primary care providers, clinical trials researches and patients to provide guidance and instructions on the proper use of a pharmaceutical treatment.
Medical information managers and directors provide expert advice on products throughout the development, sales and marketing processes.
Medical writers prepare study reports, study protocols and medical information about bioequivalence and bioavailability. The work they do is generally based on literature data and the study database.
Medical information pharmacists and scientists provide medical and scientific information to project teams, marketing teams and clients in accordance with PIPA guidelines.
Hays Life Sciences - medical information recruitment experts
At Hays Life Sciences, we work with many life science companies in order to fill mid to upper level vacancies in the medical information sector.
Every year, we help to fill over 2,000 vacancies. Our experienced and knowledgeable recruitment specialists are trained to understand the requirements of each role and we are dedicated to finding the best candidate available for each position.