If you’re a student considering a career in the pharmaceutical/healthcare industry when you graduate, it can be daunting trying to understand what exactly you need to know. From understanding the complexities of the NHS to undertaking the ABPI exam, discover the information you need to succeed in pharma and healthcare with our top ten industry links:
1. The ABPI exam The ABPI offers a Diploma in the promotion of prescription medicines for representatives who call upon doctors, dentists and other UK prescribers and/or promote medicines on the basis of their therapeutic properties. It is a requirement of the ABPI Code of Practice that an appropriate exam is sat during the first year of employment in such a role and is passed within two years. It is possible to take the exam in advance of applying for jobs in this area.
2. The Quality and Outcomes Framework The Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) is a voluntary reward and incentive programme. It rewards GP practices, in England, for the quality of care they provide to their patients and helps standardise improvements in the delivery of primary care. The results are published every year.
3. The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency regulates medicines, medical devices and blood components for transfusion in the UK.
4. NHS Health Scotland is the Scottish National Health Board working to reduce health inequalities and improve health.
5. The Scottish Medicines Consortium has a remit to provide advice to NHS Boards and their Area Drug and Therapeutics Committees (ADTCs) across Scotland about the clinical and cost-effectiveness of all newly licensed medicines, all new formulations of existing medicines and new indications for established products (licensed from January 2002)
6. Health in Wales is an outcome of a Patient and Carer Empowerment project commissioned by Informing Healthcare (now the NHS Wales Informatics Service) for the Welsh Assembly Government to enable people in Wales to become far more involved in their health.
7. NHS England leads the National Health Service in England. They set the priorities and direction of the NHS and encourage and inform the national debate to improve health and care. NHS England shares out more than £100billion in funds and holds organisations to account for spending this money effectively for patients and efficiently for the taxpayer.
8. From the Secretary of State for Health to Clinical Commissioning Groups, find out all about the NHS England structure
9. All about Clinical Commissioning Groups
10. And finally - because who doesn't love a visual guide - The King's Fund have created an animated whistle-stop tour of how the NHS works and how it is changing: