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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 academy@clinicalprofessionals.co.uk

How to Stick in a Recruiter’s Memory

Some tongue in cheek advice and personal anecdotes

Not everyone has the ability to be the perfect candidate; an exceptional specimen of professionalism brimming with a strong/relevant experience, friendly demeanour and raring to go on any opportunities available.

Nevertheless there are many different ways to make yourself memorable to people like us and potential employers…both in a positive and negative way I might add! Unfortunately as both parties regard interviews seriously (goes without saying!) it means we will remember when a candidate does something particularly inadvisable.

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Not Everyone’s a Winner…


No, wait. Hear me out!

As the glitz and glamour fades away from another stunning awards season here is some insight from someone who didn’t attend a single ceremony. Don’t worry, there is plenty of gossip about what went down at Communique coming up courtesy of Sarah.

While you’ve got to be mindful of behaving properly and making the most of such an event you can also let loose a little. So arrive in plenty of time, try not to get completely inebriated on the surplus of booze provided, go mingle and network (because, sadly, the night isn’t just about you) and laugh politely at the comedian.

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Johnson & Johnson Start Human Trials for HIV Vaccine

Johnson and Johnson J&J and its scientific collaborators are investigating whether changing the formulation of the vaccine antigens during the regimen – a ‘heterologous prime boost’ – can improve immune responses. After encouraging results in non-human primates for HIV vaccines, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) have now started enrolling volunteers.

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Why Should You Want to Work in Medical Communications?

When it comes to acquiring candidates for junior roles in MedComms, my job is easy. Occasionally the person on the other end of the phone is unaware of the industry, but soon become hooked after an explanation or they are already sold and raring to go on any entry level opportunities I mention.

But why? What is it about MedComms that makes it such an interesting, dynamic and fun career?

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Clinical Professionals Attends the Global Recruiter’s Awards 2015

Clinical Professionals Shortlisted for Global Recruiter’s Best Small Recruitment Business AwardClinical Professionals attended the Global Recruiter’s Awards at the stylish Café de Paris in London last Thursday. We had been shortlisted for Best Small Recruitment Business Award along with four other organisations. The awards were judged by a team of specialists from the recruitment industry, who aim to identify the best recruitment company to specific criteria.
Whilst unfortunately on this occasion we did not win the award we were “highly commended” for the strength of our business growth, client services and for the exceptional Salary Survey we produce for industry, the most comprehensive available in any sector. It was a great honour to be shortlisted as the award itself recognises those organisations that offer something exceptional to their market and the professional staffing industry. The judges examine the company’s commitment and delivery in supporting internal talent and Corporate Social Responsibility, both of these areas are core to the culture of the Clinical Professionals Group.
Despite not winning this particular award, we hope to gain many achievements this year as we endeavour to be one of the top global pharmaceutical staffing businesses. So far our growing team and their experience in the industry has brought outstanding results and have already earned us a full 3 Star Accreditation as a Sunday Times Top 100 best small company to work for.
The Clinical Professionals Group strive to provide candidates and clients alike with an excellent, specialist approach to their life sciences job search and staffing needs whilst constantly aiming to improve the job search experience. Along with many other services, we have also launched the Training Academy which provides a fully funded program for life science graduates facilitating their entry into the Life Sciences market. As a staffing business we understand we must always bring additional value to our clients and the industry that we serve.

GR Awards Yvette Cleland, Clinical Professionals’ CEO commented “We already felt like winners when we were shortlisted as a finalist in the Global Recruitment awards in one of the most competitive award categories. To be highly commended by the judges was a great honour and a  direct testament to the wonderful team that is Clinical Professionals. We will continue to strive to always bring innovation and excellence to all of our highly valued candidates, clients and the Life Sciences industry”

Client Meeting 101

Client Meetings 101

Everyone knows how vital client meetings are and we are no different. Early on Monday morning our intrepid consultants Matt and Lowri braved the outside world to attend an event hosted by one of our clients for all their external recruiters.

As a result our MedComms Professionals have some sage advice for others attending such events (specifically what NOT to do).
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AZ and Inserm collaborate on diabetes and kidney disease

AstraZeneca LogoA three year partnership between AstraZeneca (AZ) and French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm) is aiming to advance the understanding of biological mechanisms that come with the conditions. Based on the findings, they hope to develop new therapeutic approaches to type 2 diabetes and chronic kidney disease. Continue reading

Clinical Professionals AGM – Celebrating a Great Year as a Team

On Friday 5th June, The Clinical Professionals Group held our AGM at Pentahotel in Reading to commemorate the start of our new financial year and our 9th year of trading!

yvette glen zachThe day began with a motivational speech from Olympic Gold and Silver rower Zac Purchase. Whose funny anecdotes not only provided inspiration and entertainment, but also gave great advice on team work and leadership.

Next The Clinical Professional Group’s CEO, Yvette Cleland and COO, Glen Hall gave a presentation that marked Clinical Professional’s past achievements to date.

Including those achieved in 2015:

•    3 star accreditation as a Sunday Times Top 100
•    CP shortlisted for Global Recruiter’s Best Small Recruitment Business Award
•    Launch of the Graduate Academy
•    Clinical Professionals Shortlisted for APSCo ‘Innovator of the Year’ Award

Winning Challenge TeamAfterwards was the CP Challenge. Unlike last year’s Dragon’s Den activity, this year’s featured employee’s split into random teams and going head to head with one another to answer questions about The Clinical Professional’s Group. The winning team received the much coveted team trophy, along with a day pass each, bottles of champagne and boxes of chocolates.

After lunch, the teams then had the opportunity to utilise the team work advice that Zach bestowed them in the Team Building exercises. The exercises varied from assembling a puzzle blindfolded to creating the tallest tower out of balloons.Winners of Team Building Exercise

Yvette Cleland, Clinical Professionals’ CEO, commented “The AGM was a very motivating day for me as CEO. It is great to spend time with such a highly talented and driven team of professionals who consistently stretch themselves in terms of their knowledge, drive and execution of their roles each and every day! Clinical Professionals had its most successful trading year in 2014. Success comes from the people in a business who make a decision to be the very best they can be. It is a great pleasure for Glen and I to have the privilege and pleasure of leading such an inspirational team of professionals. We will have an outstanding 2015/16 with some outstanding initiatives in place to ensure we are the GO TO staffing business for the Life Sciences sector.”