Yvette Cleland: “If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.” …

Clinical Professionals Group CEO, Yvette Cleland, comments on Only Medics activity from last year…

The last half of 2018 has seen our most successful trading period in the history on Only Medics. I would like to sincerely thank the many clients and candidates we worked with throughout this period, we never take you for granted.

Only Medics has a philosophy that as our success grows we must “give back” to our industry. In the last quarter of 2018 we invested a proportion of our profits back into our valued candidate and client base.

Medical Director Dinner

In October 2018 we held our inaugural Medical Director dinner, bringing together some of the industries most talented professionals in Medical Affairs. The evening saw delegates debate the challenges faced in a rapidly changing industry and learning from differing approaches to that change. Insights and the learning shared was invaluable to those who attended, and we are set to reconvene in February 2019.

Feedback from this event found the most valuable element was the opportunity to network at peer level under “Chatham House Rules” leading to a frank, engaging and interesting evening.

If you are a forward thinking Medical Affairs Director wishing to join this forum, please get in touch with us for an invitation. Numbers are limited for this event and it was oversubscribed in November 2018, please contact with haste if you wish to join us in February.

Physician to Pharma

In November 2018 we held our annual Physician to Pharma event. This ground breaking and unique programme has now facilitated and supported the transition of so many aspiring pharmaceutical physicians to industry and each year goes from strength to strength. I am grateful to the many industry experts who gave their time, energy and expertise to this day. 2019 will see our investment grow within the Medical Affairs space.

Lastly thank you to the Only Medics team who have worked so hard to continually build their personal skills, subject matter expertise and passion for our industry. I particularly recognise and thank Louise Wraight, Divisional Director of Only Medics. Her entry into our business 5 years ago marked a fundamental change in our success, drive and direction. Thank you Lou.

In 2019 we will be reconvening our Medical Director & CMO forums in both the UK and US. Whilst our commitment and investment in Medical Affairs continues to grow, our award winning Graduate Academy programme has now fully funded, trained and found first to industry roles for over 120 life sciences graduates. We are not the largest staffing business within life sciences and yet our investment and contribution to skills and expertise in a critical UK industry is greater than any other staffing business. It is no longer good enough as a recruitment business to just place people in jobs. Supporting skills growth through funding and training is now a core element of our philosophy and success. When you next consider a provider of talent, ask them what they give back to the industry and how they invest in all of our futures. I look forward to spending time in 2019 with many of the inspirational people I was privileged enough to meet in 2018 whose time and energy with us has allowed Only Medics to be an exceptional business to be part of.