Note this is a video recording of an online meeting conducted using the platform. Inevitably such recordings suffer a little in terms of their production values because of the internet connectivity and quality of webcams. Despite that, they allow us to provide additional valuable insights in to the MedComms business and we can involve a wider range of speakers who can participate from the comfort of their own desks, wherever in the world they are.

The key criteria that help a candidate start a career in MedComms can be the subject for lively discussion. In practice, employers vary widely in exactly what they look for, but lessons can be learnt from closer examination of what happens in practice at any one company. This session will dissect the data from the latest round of recruitment for the entry-level programme at Bioscript Group, Pioneer. We will cover each component of the recruitment process and the numbers behind it. We look at whether the numbers support the notion that a higher-level degree is likely to give you a better chance of success. We also look at whether or not the university you attended has an impact on a successful application. Lesley Jacques and Deborah Stanford, leaders of the Pioneer programme at Bioscript Group share their thoughts and insights around the numbers and reflect on how they reflect recruitment across the wider MedComms community. They are joined on the panel by their colleagues, Jess Buxton (Scientific Associate and a Bioscript Pioneer) and Pete Griffiths (HR and Talent Acquisition Specialist). And we answer questions from the audience.

It should be of interest to anyone who is working in and around MedComms, or who is wanting to join the business.

Recorded 01 March as a MedComms Networking webinar. Produced by

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Further reading:

LinkedIn article posted by Peter Llewellyn, 01 February 2023
So, what qualifications do you need to start an entry-level job as a medical writer in #MedComms in the UK?

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[For the avoidance of doubt: this video is intended to be freely accessible to all. Please feel free to share and use however you like. Cheers Peter Llewellyn, Director NetworkPharma Ltd and Founder of the MedComms Networking Community activity at]