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What is Medical Communications?

What is Medical Communications?

Medical Communications describes a sector of the marketing mix which, in short, is anything that is not an advert or piece of media coverage. Medical communications, ranging from publications to promotional medical education, is an important part of the pharmaceutical marketing mix, it is a strategic communication approach that will utilise a variety of channels to convey a consistent, clear and compelling message to support the pharma company and their product throughout the brand lifecycle by use of the following:

  • Strategic Communication Planning
  • Publication planning and editorial services
  • Opinion leader identification, profiling and engagement
  • Scientific meetings, including advisory boards, company sponsored meetings, congress symposia
  • Disease-awareness programmes
  • Training and development programmes (internal and external)
  • Development and production of interactive media
  • Translation programmes – from clinical data to clinical practice
  • Accredited Continuing Medical Education (CME)

This process is instrumental in shaping markets and creating a receptive and knowledgeable environment for a product throughout its brand lifecycle. It is important in building confidence, experience and market share and can bring together the industry and healthcare professionals with a focus on mutual goals and aspirations. A Med Comms agency is placed to provide clinical evidence in a compelling way, while ensuring this evidence is endorsed by expert third parties.

A Career within Medical Communications.

A career in medical communications is very rewarding but it is not for the faint-hearted. Hard work and time pressures are all part of the job and you must be a good timekeeper, have great attention to detail and be able to work quickly and effectively

It will also give you the opportunity to work closely with eminent healthcare professionals, patient groups, policy makers and journalists at the forefront of medical advances. It is an exciting and fast moving profession which requires focus, determination and above all an ability to project manage, especially when working under pressure.

This industry provides a mix of Business, Science and Creativity and therefore is an attractive option for someone looking for variety in their work. Working in Med Comms you need to be proactive, professional and be a team player. The majority of people who work within this industry will be educated to a minimum of degree level and generally within a life science and most people who work within the editorial teams will hold a PhD.

Med Comms agencies generally have commercial and editorial teams. The traditional level of positions that exist within these teams are listed below.

Typical roles within Medical Communications:


  • Associate Medical Writers
  • Medical Writer (read about a day in the life of a Medical Writer here
  • Senior Medical Writer
  • Principle Medical Writer
  • Editorial Director
  • Scientific Director


What Do Medical Writers Do?

Medical writers will spend much of their day writing, proof reading and editing. A large part of a medical writer’s workload will also involve referencing marking every statement in a document with the source from which it has been taken. Some of the typical projects that a medical writer may work on will include manuscripts and review articles, educational slides sets, slide presentations for congress symposia, abstract books, posters, promotional materials, information for company sales reps and website copy.


  • Project Coordinator
  • Project Manager
  • Account Executive
  • Account Manager
  • Account Director (read about a day in the life of an Account Director here)
  • Client Services Director

What do Account Teams do?

Account Teams are responsible for the delivery of a client account within the agreed time frame and client budget. They will work closely with internal teams to ensure that projects run smoothly and efficiently in the interests of their clients and they build and develop relationships with their clients by attending face to face meetings, in order to understand the objectives and needs to deliver maximum value to the client from both a strategic and tactical perspective.

If you are looking for a job in medical education / communications, healthcare advertising / brand communications or healthcare PR, or some help to grow your team, then our team of dedicated consultants have a wealth of recruitment experience between them. They regularly attend industry seminars and events to keep on top of emerging trends in the Healthcare Communications sector and have built up a great network/community on:

Our service covers Healthcare Communications roles from the grass roots up, so whether you are starting your career at an entry level or wanting a top senior level appointment, we can help. Typical roles we recruit for range from:

Associate Medical Writer
Medical Writer
Copy Writer
Senior Medical Writer
Principle Medical Writer
Editorial Director
Account Manager
Senior Account Manager
Business Development Manager
Digital Development Manager
Digital Director
Client Services Director
Account Directors
Managing Director
Medical Communications Jobs

Copy Writer / Senior Copy Writer / Head of Copy  
Art Director                                    
Senior Art Director / Head of Art  
Strategic Planner / Senior Strategic Planner
Project Manager / Senior Project Manager
Traffic Manager
Creative Services Manager  
Creative Director                              
Account Executive                          
Account Manager                            
Account Director                          
Group / Senior Account Director    
Client Services Director  / Client Lead

Account Executive  
Senior Account Executive                        
Account Manager            
Senior Account Manager              
Account Director                          
Group / Senior Account Director    
Client Services Director
Client Lead


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