Need a Cost Effective and Exceptional Clinical Research Administrator (CTA)?

Graduate Academy With the continued investment in the UK Life Sciences market, staff and crippling skill shortages are still apparent. Clinical Professionals has created and fully funded a training and competency program for UK Graduates.

In May 2015 Clinical Professionals launched a CTA Academy and successfully placed graduates in first into industry roles, supported by professional registration from The Science Council and 12 months of onsite CPD. Global pharma and CRO’s alike have now employed these exceptional graduates.

Our next program for training goes live on the 7th of September 2015. UK graduates are experiencing escalating barriers to entry into life sciences when clients expect experienced candidates to be readily available for roles.

This is no longer a reasonable expectation and the Clinical Professionals Group fully fund,  then train and support these fabulous life science graduates through their first industry role.Graduates

Support us in supporting UK graduates and contribute to the life sciences industry that we are passionate about, in considering the placement of a Graduate CTA for your team. We are having a client open day on 18th September and we would be delighted to see you there to meet with our new graduates seeking their first to industry role and hear more about the involvement of the Science Council.

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Clinical Professionals has been Shortlisted for APSCo Awards 2015

APSCoClinical Professionals are delighted to announce they have been shortlisted for the APSCo “Innovator of the Year” award and “Recruitment Company of the Year £5-£50m turnover”. Both awards are in recognition of professional staffing. Clinical Professionals is Europe’s leading Life Sciences staffing business placing exceptional candidates in the globes leading pharma, biotech and med tech organisations and working at close hand with the many emerging SME Life Sciences companies in the UK and Europe. We work with our clients to find innovative and cost effective solutions to their staffing requirements in an industry that is continually challenged by skills shortages.

APSCo is the professional staffing industry trade body, and works to ensure that their members abide to the high quality standards and codes of conduct set by the organisation. The ‘Innovator of the Year’ award rewards the member or individual that has ‘conceived and brought to the recruitment market the most innovative or pioneering idea over the past 12 months’. While the ‘Recruitment Company of the year’ award recognises market ‘that has most consistently demonstrated the professional values and exceptional performance’.

The next stage of the award process will require Clinical Professionals to go before a specialist panel of judges, the winner is then selected after this stage based on the nominee’s performance. Since Clinical Professional’s inception, we have gained numerous awards and accolades, the latest of which was being “Highly Commended” at the Global Recruiter awards that took place at the end of June. We hope that this year’s APSCo awards will help gain us further recognition, especially for our Graduate Academy which is ground-breaking in its concept and is now allowing our talented UK Life Sciences graduates to gain entry level roles in industry. Being shortlisted alone gives us great optimism and motivates us further to be the best for our candidates, clients and staff alike.

Yvette Cleland, CEO of Clinical Professionals Group, commented

“It is no longer good enough to just be an exceptional recruiter, professionally staffing now needs to partner more closely than ever with its client base to not just supply staff, but lead the way with innovation is both creating and supporting the growth of skills across the UK. Our Innovation nomination clearly demonstrates our passion for our industry and added value service leading to a further nomination for Recruitment Company of the year. None of these great accolades would be possible if we were not also privileged to have an industry leading team”

Google’s Alphabet Restructuring will Help Focus Attention on the Company’s Health Ventures

googleGoogle have dominated the tech news this week as it announced its plans to re-organise the company and sub divisions over the next coming months in order to create a more streamlined and leaner organisation.

The technology titan has created an over-arching holding company (Alphabet), which Google and its various other companies will become subsidiaries of. Google’s founders Larry Page and Sergey will run Alphabet, whilst Google will be run by its serving chief executive Sundar Pichai. Continue reading

Time and Past for a Party

Being British, we are famed across the globe for maintaining that stiff upper lip and keeping all manner of emotion safely bottled up inside. However, we do need to be able to recognise achievement and what better way to do so than with some sincere celebration? So, here’s your pocket sized guide to the world of fun. Continue reading

Teva confirms $40.5bn offer to buy Allergan

Teva has confirmed a $40.5-billion offer to acquire Allergan’s generics division, and that it is pulling back from its pursuit of Mylan. The Israeli drugmaker is shelling out $33.75 billion in cash and shares valued at $6.75 billion on closing of the deal, which will see it become a top 10 global pharmaceutical company. According to Teva, the strategic acquisition will bring together two leading generics businesses with complementary strengths, brands and cultures, “providing patients with more affordable access to quality medicines, and creating significant financial benefits for Teva stockholders”.

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What do coal, fish and life science graduates all have in common? You will be shocked!

Training Academy This island is made mainly of coal and surrounded by fish. Only a planning fool could produce a shortage of coal and fish at the same time. We currently have a shortage of coal, fish and the globes most highly talented Life Sciences graduates gaining entry level roles into the Life Sciences industry.

Are we “planning fools?” Three years ago the Prime Minister launched an industrial strategy in life sciences in that the industry agreed on £3.5 billion of investment within the UK, which was and is still expected to create over 11,000 jobs. Yet there is a startling lack of material training or development that allow life science graduates to fill many of these vacancies, as a result the shortage is starting to cripple the industry.

Figures from the national Labour Force Survey (compiled by Cogent Skills), show that in the past year there are 28% more employees aged 40-64 than 16-40 within Life Science and that recent school leavers and graduates make up only 5% of the total workforce within sector.

The clear age gap underlines the lack of a succession planning within many of these companies, as once mature employees retire they are left with a deficit and no fresh talent to meet the demand.
Consequently more than 80% of companies within the sector have posts that are affected by this skill shortage, more than 70% of companies struggle to attract applicant for these “hard to fill” vacancies.

If this crisis carries on, it is clear that the life science industry will be in grave danger, especially as there is a predicted drop in graduates over the coming years due replacement of maintenance grants to loans. Not to mention the rumours of Theresa May proposing to curb Non EU postgraduates working within the UK once their course has finished. Thereby ensuring that the pool of potential new recruitments for life science will dwindle even further.

Clinical Professionals’ CEO Yvette Cleland had this to say on the matter …

“As a Life Sciences staffing specialist we see candidates diminishing, no new blood coming through and the cost of clinical drug development escalating, we should be training our graduates and developing apprenticeship schemes to meet the demand our industry has, there is no point in such heavy government investment in new jobs without the skilled staff to fill them”

The shortage is further exacerbated by companies desiring candidates with one or two years’ experience to replace seasoned employees over those fully qualified yet new to the industry. This is clearly not a viable long term solution!
Clinical Professionals has taken the initiative to support the Life Sciences industry by developing a ground breaking and unique program…

For more information on this scheme, please contact