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By Alice Smith
The benefits of working from home are myriad and it is increasingly becoming the norm in many work places but especially in the world of global clinical trials. . With improvements in mobile technology, social media and flexible working, our world is getting smaller and increasingly more accessible, enabling the ongoing success of global remote offices.
Within clinical research, roughly 90% of employees boast some element of home-working in their working week. This is understandable in healthcare since disease and illness do not discriminate across time-zones. The pressures to develop new treatments and meet demanding deadlines in global trials has cemented the need for a global community workforce and many employers have embraced this, offering flexible working in return for better productivity and happier employees.
First and foremost, what are the benefits?
Speaking with Clinical Trial professionals on a daily basis it is clear that the benefits are real - in order to maintain a balance between their high-pressure careers and home-life an element of autonomy is paramount. However, there are some clear disadvantages and still resistance from some employers and employees, who raise concerns about a lack of community spirit, communication breakdowns and inability to lend support easily without sitting within a physical team.
I am a tremendous advocate of home-working and from experience gained by speaking with my network it is clear this balance is essential. Perhaps you can have your cake and eat it (maybe from your home-office, with bi-fold doors that open out onto an abundant garden, dappled sunlight and the relaxing sounds of birdsong...) Here is my guide to home-working in clinical trials; how to get the most out of the positives and how to watch out for and resolve the pitfalls:
2. Make your own community spirit.
3. Communication is key!
With anything new, there are challenges to overcome and ideologies to shift...which can take time, but with anything worthwhile perseverance is key. I see a continued shift towards remote-working in clinical trials and with reported increases in motivation and productivity it will undoubtedly become more and more widespread. It is essential to pioneer new ways of working, develop best practices and of course, to share ideas with each other.
It's no longer dark when we leave work of an evening, which can only mean one thing - it's time to spring clean your C.V. Whether you're currently in the market for a new job or not, it's always worthwhile having an up-to-date C.V. to hand that will help you stand out from the crowd.
A tip-top C.V. can be achieved by following these three stages:
1. Make sure your existing skills and experience are presented in a clear, succinct manner
2. Update any new roles and skills
3. Boost your employability
De-clutter the content
Most people try to keep their C.V. down to two pages long, but this becomes increasingly difficult after several roles and an abundance of skills - deciding what to cut out quickly turns into a bit of a nightmare. If you're looking for more space try to condense down old skills and qualifications. Listing all your GCSE's or breaking down each university module becomes less important the further you progress through your career. Aim to keep educational work to a two-line maximum.
If you've been working for more than 15 years, condense down or remove completely any work prior to this. Qualifications for things that are no longer relevant (such as out-of-date first aid certificates) can also be ditched. And that summer shop work or time you spent interning at your local newspaper 20 years ago may no longer be relevant.
The easiest option when trying to decide what to delete from your C.V. would be any personal interests and hobbies - after all, being a keen baker or helping out in a charity shop in your spare time won't necessarily correlate with the skills needed for your dream role. However, future employers will want to see that you do have a life outside of work, as this will give them a sense of your personality and whether they feel you'll be right for the team fit.
If you're really struggling for space, try condensing down your personal attributes, but never remove them completely.
Dump the clichés
You might be a dynamic problem solver with excellent team-leadership skills, but so is everyone else who's applying for the role. To stand out from the crowd banish the clichés - this will eliminate the waffle from your CV and make your skills and achievements really stand out. If you must use clichés, don't overdo it.
Don't waste important space
Just like the top fold of a newspaper, the top third of your C.V. is where the most important stuff should go. If an employer is reading your C.V. electronically this is the section they'll see before deciding whether to scroll further down, so stay clear of filling it with your name and address in size 20 font - this space needs to be optimised for selling yourself, so don't waste it.
Fill in the gaps
Just as you might be brushing aside old skills, you also need to look at adding in the new ones. Even if you're content in your current role it's important to add these new skills to your C.V. as you gain them - this will save you time and stress if/when you come to look for a new job.
Revisiting old jobs might jog your memory of skills you may have acquired but not used lately. Make sure to highlight any that may not be relevant to the next role you apply for.
Beef yourself up
Don't say, do. It's easy enough to say you're a great problem solver but this needs backing up with prime examples. These examples will prove to a potential new employer what you could actually bring to their company, as well as giving you something concrete to talk about at the interview stage. Backing up your achievements with statistics and figures will make them more comprehendible to the reader.
Check, check and check again
Every time you add something new to your C.V. you increase the chance of making a mistake. Proof-read the document at least twice before sending it out (or saving it away for the future) and, if possible, get someone else to cast their eyes over it - two eyes are better than one!
The pharma industry was notably slower in forming collaborations with technology companies compared to other industries. But in recent years, with the likes of Amazon and Google introducing their own healthcare initiatives while working alongside some pharma giants, it would appear the industry is finally on the tech turn.
One sector where new technologies have been truly embraced has been within clinical trials.
The reason for this? According to BioPharmaDive, only 10% of new drugs that complete the first phase of a clinical trial make it to market, and by Phase III patient participate drops by over 30%. Many see a digital transformation as a means to help improve these outcomes.
One company aiming to be at the forefront of technology innovation is Novartis, who launched their clinical trials digital nerve centre in 2018. Based at their Basel campus, this centre allows scientists to monitor all their 500 ongoing, global clinical trials simultaneously from one space - with the overall aim of improving the end results of their studies.
The technology behind this brain centre is based around a simple traffic light warning system working alongside predictive algorithms, allowing the company to quickly and easily spot and deal with any problems or delays at any of their ongoing clinical trials.
Badhri Srinivasan, Head of Global Development Operations told PME: "It changes the way we conduct our business and how [our teams] interact, because suddenly access to information is instant."
The introduction of electronic health records and cloud-based data has also made it easier than ever to get people to the right clinical trials.
Predictive clinical software allows CROs, sponsors and physicians to understand who can participate in trials and when. This, ultimately, allows research staff to screen potential candidates better and faster, resulting in more accurate matches of participants for trials.
Wearable devices have also had a massive impact on how clinical trials are carried out. ClinicalTrials.gov, the global database of clinical trials, lists approximately 300 trials currently underway in which wearable devices are mentioned in the description.
These technological devices are beneficial to clinical trials for a variety of reasons, including:
January: the new year is the perfect time to make a fresh start. The perfect time to make positive changes towards a healthier lifestyle, to finally sign up to a gym, to become a happier, more confident person.
But it's mid-January now. The post-Christmas hype is over, and if you started the year on the 'new year, new me' health hype, your willingness to preserver with this health kick may have begun to wane. One reason for this could be down to our attitude towards health at work.
On average we spend around 38 hours a week at work. If we take into account an average of eight hours of sleep a night, that's 34% of our entire conscious week spent at work. And if you work in an office, at a desk, it's often quite hard to stay healthy during this time.
So how best can we stay healthy while in the office? And more importantly, stick at it for the rest of the year?
The key is by being prepared. If you work long hours or attend lots of meetings during the day it's usually just easier to pick up a sarnie or snack. But implement just a handful of our ideas and you could soon be reaping the rewards of a healthier lifestyle - alertness, productivity and energy to name but a few.
Meal prep - Taking a bit of time the night before or at a weekend to prep some nutritious yet delicious meals for the week will not only save pounds in your bank account each week, but pounds around your waist too! When cooking our own meals, we become much more aware of the amount of salt, sugar etc. going into our dishes, compared to buying processed food from the shop.
Take a look at The Everygirl for some easy meal prep ideas!
Get moving - It's so important not to spend your entire working day sat at your desk, but this can easily be solved by making some small changes. Instead of emailing or phoning colleagues, get out of your seat and go speak to them face-to-face. Especially if they work in a different area of the office or on another floor.
And always take the stairs instead of the lift! If you work on the ground floor, try parking a little further away from the office, or getting off the bus / tram / train a stop earlier. A walk in the morning will help to wake you up and leave you feeling revitalised for the day ahead.
Remember to get moving on your lunch too - especially if you're no longer heading to the shops for your usual £3 meal deal. Suggest a group of your start a lunchtime walking club if you don't like the idea of wondering about on your own, and if the weather's a bit shoddy wrap up warm and get on with it - we're hardy English folk after all!
Stay hydrated - Feeling a bit peckish? You could be dehydrated instead. So before heading to the biscuit tin or fridge grab a glass of water and see if that curbs your hunger.
If you regularly have fizzy drinks with your lunch try swapping these out for water, green teas or smoothies and juices (although watch the sugar content in these - especially pre-packaged ones)!
Beer fridge Fridays - The obligatory beer fridge has become a staple in many office these days. And it's nice to be offered a treat on a Friday afternoon for all your hard work. But if you're trying to do Dry January or watching your calorie intake, a bottle of beer isn't the best bet. Try asking if some nice juices, J2Os and flavoured waters can be added in there too.
Snacking - It's super hard to get out of the mindset of snacking, and sometimes our brain just needs a bit of a boost between main meals. So as well as prepping your meals in advance, try pulling together some healthier snacks to bring to the office too. Things like nuts, fruit, veggie sticks, houmous, nut butters and hardboiled eggs will fill you up - and stop you eating the cake Janet from Accounting brought in today.
Get physical - With families and busy social lives it can seem impossible to find time to also fit in a trip to the gym. Yet a Lancet study from 2017 found that people need to do at least an hour of physical activity a day to counter the negative health impacts of every eight hours spent sitting.
Try utilizing the bit of free time you have each day instead. It might be that by waking up a little earlier you can fit in an early morning gym session, swim or run before work. Or there might be gym classes that fit in with your lunch breaks. Find a gym that runs classes at a time that suits you. This might involve spending a little more on your gym membership, but it'll be worth it in the long run if you're then more likely to actually attend it.
Get social - Being healthy in the workplace isn't just about what you're eating or the physical activities you do; it's also about having a healthy mindset. Social interactions have been shown to reduce stress and promote happiness, so going for lunches with colleagues and having non-work related chats in the kitchen will help you return to your desk with a more positive attitude.
Stay clean - When you're sick, snotty and full of cold it's very easy to fall out of your healthy routine - and much harder to get back into it. The best way around this? Try to avoid getting ill in the first place! Office environments are notorious for spreading germs and bugs - we've all seen the whole office go down with flu at the same time. But you can take steps to try prevent this - by giving your desk, keyboard and phone a regular antibacterial wipe and by trying to stay away from other sick people in the office if possible.
Treat yourself - We're about to go against everything we're just said about healthy eating and wellbeing - but hear us out. If you want to stick to your new healthy lifestyle for more than just a few weeks, it's important to give yourself a treat every now and again...
Yes, have a beer from the office beer fridge once a month. Delve into the biscuit barrel when you've had a good week at the gym. Go for a pub lunch with your work mates every now and again. If you don't reward yourself with the odd treat you'll end up hating this new healthy lifestyle and will be more likely to give up on it altogether.
Another way to ensure you keep at your new healthy routine is by taking baby steps. Don't try to make loads of drastic lifestyle changes all at once - it'll become over-bearing and hard to stick at. Pick one thing off the list you're going to implement first, then once that becomes consistent in your daily or weekly routine add in another, and so forth.
Staying healthy requires a bit of time and effort - it can't be achieved overnight. But adopt some of these habits into your daily routine and you'll begin to earn both the mental and physical benefits of doing so in no time!
By guest blogger Emma Clayton, Managing Director at Grey Bear Consultancy
We all have a vested interest in making sure the NHS is fit for the future, and I believe one very important way is by empowering the workforce.
The health service is becoming a wellness service, as disease-specific silos give way to primary care-focused models that take a wider population health view. But this transformation is being hindered by the current workforce crisis.
Budget constraints and the rising number of older people living with multiple long-term conditions leave those working on the front line running just to keep up, let alone having the ability to drive any kind of revolution.
Last week, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) warned that staff within the NHS were so overworked and lacking in expertise that patient safety was at risk.
"Staff told us time and time again that safety should be their top priority, but they are working so hard with the workload that sometimes it is very difficult to prioritise it the way they want to," Ted Baker, lead inspector at the CQC, told the Healthcare Services Journal.
It is widely acknowledged that the health service needs a Joint Working makeover if it is to overcome its current challenges.
Integrated pathways that join health and social care across specialisms via a primary care hub are in the making. Government investment in primary care models is growing and is a key focus of the 10-year plan, with pilot projects showing promising results.
But the people we are asking to drive and ultimately deliver this change - the GPs, nurses, prescribing pharmacists - are not necessarily equipped with the skills needed to do that.
Skills such as how to commission services; how to have difficult conversations, drive challenging negotiations, and undertake the responsibility and accountability conversation with social care colleagues; how to work with sustainability and transformation partnerships to build better relationships that allow for staff retention or the uplift of staff skills.
These skills are not taught in college or medical school, but yet we have them within pharma.
Next level safety
To embrace joint working and integrated care, we need to ensure primary care is ready for the challenge by investing in commercial, outcomes and skills education.
If we want to take patient safety and outcomes to the next level, we need to stop tinkering with brand-specific education, service redesign and outdated detail aids. We need to take a step back, look at the bigger picture and invest in the workforce.
The pharmaceutical industry has the ability, resources and expertise to assist in the joint development and implementation of patient-centred projects.
Healthcare professionals care about their patients and they know what they need to do to deliver integrated care and better outcomes. But sometimes they just don't know how to get there. Its like knowing you need to get from Birmingham to Southampton and not having a road map of the route.
In pharma we need to ensure marketing and market access strategies are aligned to the capacities and capabilities within the primary care model. It's about assessing the gap analysis and then working with centres to install the competencies they need to thrive. Do they have everything that they need to deliver the future NHS?
Working together to build the 'NHS of the future' is good for everyone.
It benefits the patients, who get the right people with the right skills treating them at the right time.
It benefits clinicians who, with the right skills, are able to build care systems to meet the needs of their population. It benefits the NHS by offering more cost-effective and efficient ways of working.
And it benefits pharma by allowing us to build the relationships and the credibility we need to take integrated working in a mutually beneficial direction.
*Grey Bear specialises in working with the pharmaceutical industry to deliver skills and competency -based training for healthcare professionals. Get in touch with our Managing Director for more information at [email protected]