*Job* MHRA, Medical Writer, £37.1-39.1k, clos 6 March 2013

Medical Writer

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VRMM (Vigilance and Risk Management of Medicines) Division


SEO, £37,175 – £39,196

Progression to the maximum of the salary range will be dependent on performance

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), an Executive Agency of the Department of Health, is responsible for enhancing and safeguarding the health of the public by ensuring that medicines and medical devices work, and are acceptably safe.

Purpose of role: To prepare UK public assessment reports (UKPARs), which set-out the scientific basis for MRHA’s regulatory decision-making on drug safety issues. To co-ordinate the distribution of medical writing within the AIMS (Access and Information for Medicines and Standards) group. To support other drug safety communication activities in VRMM Division, as necessary.

Key responsibilities:

Completion of workload within Agency key and high-level targets.

  • Supports the risk-assessment activities of the pharmacovigilance function of the Agency.
  • Compiles and updates UK Public Assessment Reports on drug-safety issues within target timeframes.
  • Assists in the writing of safety communications for healthcare professionals and the general public.
  • Helps maintain up-to-date information on pharmacovigilance content on the MHRA external website and MHRA intranet.
  • Supports the Editor of Drug Safety Update to ensure that monthly bulletin is delivered on time and to high quality.
  • Assists in the handling of queries from healthcare professionals and the public about drug-safety issues.
  • Coordinate the distribution of medical writing within the AIMS group.

Essential criteria to apply: (shortlist and interview criteria)

Education/Qualification and Training:

  1. A graduate in an appropriate life-sciences discipline (e.g., medicinal chemistry, pharmacy, pharmacology, or other biological or pharmaceutical sciences)


  1. Extensive, demonstrable experience of medical or scientific writing and editing, with confidence in analysing and understanding scientific data.
  2. Proven drafting and report-writing skills that are able to engage the target audience, including excellent attention to detail.
  3. Understanding of, and interest in, the regulation of medicines (particularly their safety) in the UK and other countries.
  4. Effective interpersonal skills and readiness to work effectively and innovatively as a motivated member of a multidisciplinary team.
  5. Excellent organisational skills and proven ability to work to tight timelines under pressure while maintaining high standards of work.
  6. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from suitably qualified people regardless of, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, race, religion, politics or disability.

Additional information:

The above criteria will be used when assessing your suitability for the position. When completing your application form you need to address the essential criteria detailed in table above using specific competency based examples.

Professional Skills for Government (PSG) guidance:
The Professional Skills for Government (PSG) competency framework is used for jobs and careers in the Civil Service. It sets out the skills that staff in the Civil Service need to do their job well, at all levels and no matter where they work. If you are invited to attend an interview with the MHRA, you will be assessed against the job roles relevant PSG and specialism. This is incorporated into the essential criteria set out in the job description. Therefore, please make yourself familiar with these requirements through reviewing the accompanying PSG documents. You will not need to address the PSG at the application stage as this will be further assessed at the interview stages and no specific preparation is required.
Additional information:
We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from suitably qualified people regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, race, religion, politics or disability.

Please note that all positions in the MHRA require good all round IT skills, particularly MS Office. However, some positions require more specialist skills. Please refer to the essential criteria for the post above for more detailed information about the IT requirements of this post.

MHRA benefits:
MHRA have a range of additional benefits please visit the MHRA website to review.

How to Apply:
Please send your CV, right to work in the UK, educational certificates that relate to the essential criteria and HR information form, quoting the job reference number via email to: jobs@mhra.gsi.gov.uk, fax 0203 118 98200 or post to the HR Department, Floor 4-C-O, 151 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, London SW1W 9SZ.  We strongly encourage electronic applications. Please ensure that you have provided proof of your right to work in the UK along with copies of any educational certificates that apply to the essential criteria.

All civil servants work within the boundaries of the Civil Service Code. The Code sets out the duties and responsibilities of all civil servants. Please click on the link for more information.

Please note that if you do not receive a response to your application within six weeks after the closing date you have not been selected for interview. Due to the high volume of applications we receive we are unable to provide feedback to candidates at the application stage.

The closing date for applications is 6 March 2013.

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