What led you to pursue a career in in medical writing?
Coming up to the end of my PhD in Comparative Cognition I found that I really enjoyed writing up my thesis and synthesising the information into a logical narrative. I didn’t feel like academia was for me, so I was looking for a different role that would let me combine writing and science.
A role in a medical communications agency came up that interested me, so I applied and got it! I didn’t even know that medical writing existed as a career until then, but now I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.
What motivated you to join Mtech Access?
I was looking for an agency where I’d have more ability to shape my career and progress down a route that suits my skillset. I think that the traditional progression into project management is not what I’m looking for, but Mtech Access gives me the opportunity to advance my career as a technical specialist.
It also felt like the right place for me at this stage in my career, as Mtech Access has so many people who I can learn from, with a huge body of experience in diverse areas across market access and the NHS.
What projects and tasks have you been involved with in your first few weeks with Mtech Access?
I’ve been able to get involved with a variety of projects already in my first 2 weeks, including a Health Technology Assessment (HTA) landscaping project for diabetes, and a manuscript in critical care. I’ve also had the chance to work on a small project with a quick turnaround with Mtech Access’s NHS specialists, collating a report on HCPs’ responses to key strategic questions posed by the client.
I’m looking forward to working on projects spread across both medical devices and pharmaceuticals, and I think it’s great that I’ve had the chance to get stuck into project work straight away alongside the induction programme.
What’s your overall impression of Mtech Access, now that you’ve completed your induction?
It’s strange to be starting a new role remotely, but everyone has been really welcoming. Mtech Access’s culture seems very open and relaxed, and it was great to meet one-on-one with directors to get an overview of each part of the company during my induction.
There also seems to be a great work-life balance so far, with people not afraid to ‘switch off’ at the end of the day, which can be a challenge in consultancies.
When you are not at work, what do you like to do?
I’ve just moved into a house with a bigger garden, so I’m hoping to start keeping chickens in the next few months.
If you are interested in joining our team at Mtech Access, please visit our careers page for details of our current vacancies. We have career paths for medical writers of all experience levels and are currently recruiting for medical writers to join our growing team.