A Medics Route to the Pharmaceutical Industry

Only Medics is a well-established specialist staffing company that focuses on the recruitment of physicians for the pharmaceutical industry, clinical research organisations, regulatory authorities and biotechnology companies. Only Medics not only recruits in the UK but also globally for both permanent and interim medical assignments.

Subsequently Only Medics distinguishes itself as a market-leader in the field, by bridging the gap between pharmaceutical and medical and offering in depth career analysis and industry insight.

Spencer Marsh, Only Medics Director comments:

“Currently 80% of the UK physician in industry roles are Medical Affairs related. The market is growing hugely, and is still hugely candidate short, for example at Senior Medical Adviser level there are 4 jobs for every 1 relevant candidate! This puts a huge amount of pressure on pharma companies to find suitable candidates. Medical Advisers are highly sought after meaning escalating salaries which often causes challenges with the salary banding levels in large pharma. The solution for many pharma companies is to put the role out to market, wait, and in the meantime employ the services of an expensive interim physician. Looking at the cost and time it takes to fill these vacancies it’s no wonder that our Physician 2 Pharma programme has proved so successful. We screen and interview hundreds of hopeful physicians looking to get into industry. Only a handful of the best are selected and put through their paces at our P2P event.

In some cases, pharma companies have taken a new to industry physician from P2P, trained them and they are fully functional in the time it takes another pharma company to find a suitable candidate with industry experience, and at a fraction of the cost.”

The Physician to Pharma event and related workshops help to smooth the transition by offering unrivalled career advice and access to key decision makers within the industry.

The event involves:

  •          Industry presentations relevant to Pharmaceutical Physicians
  •          Interactive workshops and bespoke exercises
  •          Focus on education new-to-medics as well as testing their skills in front of hiring managers and industry professionals
  •          Dedicated networking time throughout the day.

Attending the Physician to Pharma offers a variety of benefits:

  •    All physicians are assessed before the event ensuring they are committed and of the highest calibre
  •    Unique opportunity to network with best new-to-industry talent in one day
  •    Alternative solution to any immediate hiring needs whilst also being a long term recruitment pipeline plan

Last year’s Physician to Pharma event proved to be a big success:

“Recruiting the right people is fundamental to having a high performing team, but finding the right people is not always easy. You advertise a position, screen CVs, interview potentially 

suitable candidates and then if you’ve found the right person, put out an offer, but this generally takes a long time – many months is the no

rm. As a hiring manager, I found the ‘Physician to Pharma’ event a fantastic opportunity to meet with many candidates over the course of a full day and was able to understand their skills and background together with their motivations for joining industry.

There were plenty of opportunities for them to ask questions to the hiring managers and I think the candidates also got a really good feel for what it’s like making the transition from clinical medicine into industry and whether it was right for them. I really enjoyed meeting them all and there was a huge amount of talent in the room.”

UK Head of Medical Affairs – NAPP Pharmaceuticals

The next Physician to Pharma event is taking Thursday 12th November.

For more information about the Physician to Pharma please follow the link below


If you wish to talk to one of our consultants about any hiring needs, please contact us:

UK Office


+44(0)1189 522799



EU Office

+44(0)2078 221719

Only Medics is part of the Clinical Professionals group, an award winning and pan European life science staffing business that is part of the CPL Resources Group.


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