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What is Clinical Research and Clinical Operations

What is Clinical Research and Clinical Operations?
Every new medicine must undergo strict clinical research before it can be licensed for use. The evidence collected via clinical research is used to determine the safety and effectiveness of the treatment intended for human use.

To assess this, treatments must pass through clinical trials, of which there are four phases. With each phase, more participants are added to the trial. Participants include both patients and healthy volunteer members of the public and are often separated into two groups; with one group given the treatment and another a placebo. This allows to better determine how effective the product is. All new treatments must pass through the first three phases of a clinical trial before they are licensed, with some requiring to pass through a fourth.

The clinical operations team is responsible for the delivery of the clinical trials. It is their task to design, plan and physically run the four phases.

Pharmaceutical companies may conduct these clinical trials on site, or they may have an agreed partnership with an external Clinical Research Organisation (CRO), who will conduct the trials on their behalf.

What does a career within Clinical look like?

If you have a background within life sciences then a career in Clinical could be an exciting and rewarding opportunity for you. These careers are highly regarded – you’ll be working on one of the most important aspects of the drug development cycle and with this often comes an excellent pay package.

Working within Clinical Operations opens the door for a career across the whole breadth of the clinical research network. Working within clinical trials means you’ll meet a whole host of industry experts, which could result in opportunities for you further down the line.

Starting in a junior level role, you’ll most likely find yourself quickly moving up the ranks until you reach Clinical Director / Clinical Operations Lead level. Here, you’ll be responsible for the overall running of a trial.  

What are the typical roles within Clinical Research and Clinical Operations?

·       Senior and Clinical Research Associates

·       Clinical Trial Administrators

·       Clinical Program Leaders

·       Clinical Trial / Project Managers

·       Research Nurses/Advisors

·       Patient Recruitment roles

·       Study start-up roles

How Carrot Recruitment can help you find your next job within the Clinical sector:

Our specialist recruitment consultant, Claire Craig, will be happy to help with all your Clinical Research and Clinical Operations needs. She can be contacted on:

+44 (0)1625 541 042 / [email protected]

You can also view all our live Clinical jobs here or take a look below.

Looking to progress your career within Clinical Research but unsure what your next steps may look like? Check out our useful article on how to progress your Clinical Operations career here.