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MHRA medical assessors

Have a direct impact on the safety and efficacy of the medicines that are taken by thousands of patients everyday.

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Work-life balance

Flexi-time policy to promote a healthy work-life balance for all our staff. Many of our staff have other dependants and we try to provide flexible working in line with our policies.

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Learning and development

As an Investors in People (IiP) accredited organisation we provide an extensive programme of internal training courses. We also support continuing professional development through mentoring programmes for certain specialist roles where on-the-job training is required.

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Team building

We are committed to improving working relationships through all-staff and divisional meetings. Staff can also act as a representative on working groups or committees to contribute to matters that affect the organisation. Our open plan offices encourage interaction and individual team 'away days' are a opportunity to work in a more relaxed environment and a chance to celebrate success.

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MHRA is the regulatory centre of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

What a medical assessor does

Medical assessors are involved in all stages of regulation of clinical development and marketing of medicines. Depending on their role they are responsible for deciding on whether a medicine is safe enough to progress into clinical trials, whether there is a positive balance of benefits over risks prior to marketing a medicine and whether additional safety measures need to be taken after marketing. In coming to their conclusions, medical assessors utilise their clinical expertise gained either in the NHS or the pharmaceutical industry to assess data submitted by pharmaceutical companies and information from pharmacovigilance drug safety reports.

Medical assessors are also involved in giving scientific advice to drug developers on their clinical development programmes, including how a clinical trial should be designed and the regulatory routes to market. They also participate as speakers in conferences on aspects of medicines regulation and clinical development.

Benefits

Work-life balance

We realise the importance of a life outside work and promote a healthy work-life balance for all our staff. In addition, we understand that many of our staff have young children or other dependants and we endeavor to provide flexible working in line with our policies wherever possible, while ensuring that the needs of the business are met.

In order to provide a flexible way of working for staff, some departments in MHRA operate a flexi-time policy. Core hours vary across departments depending on the requirements of the business.

What do our staff think?

We asked some colleagues to describe their roles as MHRA medical assessors:

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"...gives me a lot of flexibility

Andrew Ruddick, Medical Assessor

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"One of the main positives of the job is the wide variety...

Dr Dervla Quinn, Medical Assessor

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"...working with sister agencies across Europe makes the work incredibly interesting."

Debbie D'Oyley, Medical Assessor

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"I obtained membership of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine in my time at the agency."

John, Medical Assessor

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"...one day it’s a trial for a new cancer agent, the next it’s the latest gene therapy product."

Kirsty Wydenbach, Medical Assessor

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"It was a completely new field to me and the agency has supported me..."

Daniel O'Connor, Medical Assessor

Why the role is important

The role is pivotal to the safe and effective use of medicines and consequently to the protection and support of public health.

Career options the role provides

After joining MHRA medical assessors will be mentored in their role and are able to progress though our competency framework handling more complex and varied workload and taking on representational roles within the agency, within the UK and within Europe. Alternatively there is the option to progress into a management positions as and when opportunities arise. There is also the opportunity to continue your medical training whilst at the MHRA and enrol with the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine, working towards CCT in Pharmaceutical Medicine.

Why consider the role

As the medicines regulator, the MHRA offers an experience which is unique within the UK and assessors gain an early insight into medical research, new medicines and new uses for existing medicines. The role is not patient facing but it has a very wide impact on public health both in the UK and more widely in the EU. Staff surveys regularly show high job satisfaction ratings by clinical assessors.

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