A typical day will start with a catch up call with a client. I tend to have weekly calls for each project to ensure the project is progressing according to the agreed timelines, and to address any queries. Today it is a status update on a series of medical advisory boards OPEN VIE is running across the globe around the launch of a new therapy. My role for this project is to identify suitable delegates from our extensive network of clinical and commissioner contacts, create the meeting materials and facilitate the meeting on the day. OPEN VIE works within the UK, EU and globally, and it is always extremely interesting to hear insights and considerations from other countries. Today we talk through and agree the agenda, and the workshops for the meeting.
After a quick coffee break and snack (the kitchen has free fruit, and biscuits, guess which one I tend to go for……) I have a meeting with my colleagues from the Real Word Evidence and Health Informatics teams about a value tool we are developing which is underpinned by Real World Evidence and NHS data. We talk through how to align the patient outcomes with the data and value messages to tell the most compelling story. Every material I work on is different, and my job is actually as much creative as it is scientific at times, as I try to craft innovative ways to communicate the value of a therapy. On that note I have a quick chat with the digital team around working their magic and turning the value tool into an App – I love seeing the end result of their wizardry!
After lunch I catch up with one of our medical writers, who is working on a NICE HTA submission for a new oncology therapy. NICE have a list of questions around the submission, and we go through and discuss how to respond. My role involves a lot of juggling of short projects, and also long-term projects like NICE submissions, that can take a year to complete. There is nothing more rewarding however than seeing a therapy gain a NICE recommendation after spending that much time and effort, you gain quite an attachment to the submissions!
I spend the rest of the day researching and mapping a complex patient pathway for a chronic disease area, which involves talking to a clinician to walk me through the pathway and research. I spend an hour or so answering emails and signing off artwork proofs from our studio, then it’s off out into Marlow for a well-deserved post work drink with the rest of the team!