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Medical Communications - Senior Medical Writer 

medical writer is key member of the editorial team within a medical communications agency.  A medical communications agency is tasked by their clients who are usually large pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, healthcare or clinical research organisations to develop communication strategies that will assist in the delivery of effective campaigns.

The role of a medical writer is to write high-quality scientific copy for the wide range of materials that a medical communications agency produces.  The scientific and medical information and the language used in these documents written by medical writers will be tailored to suit the target audience, this could be patients, medical sales representatives, doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals.  Documents created by Medical Writers for medical professionals is usually highly scientific but often those intended for patients and the general public will also be written in clear, simple terms with minimal scientific jargon.

Materials include primary papers, Reviews, Education materials, case studies, newsletters, conference materials, websites, slide kits, posters, videos, sales aids.

Medical writers are required to keep updated on new developments within any given scientific field and therapeutic area, being aware of the strategies used by clients competitors and advising.

senior medical writer will do all of this and may be given the responsibility of mentoring more junior members of the team, liaise regularly with clients, travel globally to attend conferences, advisory boards and standalone meetings.

principal medical writer will do all of that and in addition may lead an editorial team, consult clients on publication plans and strategy, liaise with the client service and project management teams within the agency and run and/or attend new client pitches.

Skills and Experience required to become a Medical Writer

  • Degree in one of the life sciences (ideally PhD)
  • Excellent writing skills including the correct use of grammar, punctuation and spelling
  • The ability to adapt the language to communicate effectively with a specific target audience
  • Understanding of scientific and medical terminology
  • Attention to detail
  • Good time management, able to meet deadlines
  • Good communication & coordination skills, able to work with various stakeholders
  • Knowledge of specific therapeutic areas e.g. oncology, diabetes can be beneficial

Salary Levels

The demand for medical writers is growing steadily and medical writing can be an excellent career option for Life Sciences graduates. It can be difficult to secure an entry-level Associate Medical Writer (AMW) role, which typically has a salary in the “mid 20s”. Once you have gained some tangible experience in medical writing, especially if you specialise in a highly sought-after therapeutic area, the salary progression for medical writers is very buoyant as you progress to each next phase of your career as a medical writer. People tend to follow a path from Associate Medical Writer to Medical Writer, to Senior Medical Writer, to Principal Writer. The salary bandings for medical writes progress significantly with each step up. Furthermore, there is a lively contract / freelance market for experienced medical writers, for which the daily rates can vary from £250 to £500+ per day.

Greenford

Greenford is located in the London Borough of Ealing in north west London.  Towns and suburbs close to Greenford include Harrow, Brentford, Hayes, Watford and Slough.  Greenford is on the Central Line of the London Underground and also has overground rail connections into central London.  Road connections are also good as Greenford is located on the A40 which leas out to the M40 and then onto the M25, Heathrow Airport is on 12 miles away.  Greenford is well-located for a number of leisure-time places of interest including the world-famous Wembley Stadium and Wembley Arena, both of which are only 3 miles away.   Two excellent museums are also in the Greenford area; the London Motorcycle Museum, which has a wide range of bikes & memorabilia on display, and the Musical Museum which has a huge collection of self-playing musical instruments ranging from very small clockwork music boxes to huge “Mighty Wurlitzer” organs.   

Famous people from Greenford: Jourdan Dunn, model and Steven Warner, actor