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Dec 5

MedilinkUK National Secondment – Life Science

Medilink UK logoThe Opportunity

A unique opportunity has arisen for a one year (negotiable) secondment to MedilinkUK.  The secondee will take the lead in developing and operationalising a national strategy for MedilinkUK, liaising with the CEOs of regional Medilink organisations, and major stakeholders across the Life Science community, to create a model for sustainable national engagement / activity.

About MedilinkUK:

With the first regional Medilink being incorporated in 1997, the Medilink network has gradually expanded to cover most UK regions, creating a national federation of independent not for profit Medilinks under the umbrella of MedilinkUK.  MedilinkUK is now the UK’s leading Life Science professional association, representing over 1,300 Life science companies.  Its unique partnership, which brings together at a regional level, business, academia and the NHS, drives innovation in its broadest sense.

Our mission is to support the growth and development of the UK Life Sciences community (business, academic and clinical), leveraging our collective expertise and bringing forward innovation to secure competitive advantage globally to improve the health and wellbeing of people

MedilinkUK Infrastructure & Governance:

MedilinkUK has eight regional Medilink offices:- Medilink Yorkshire & Humber (Sheffield), Medilink East Midlands (Nottingham),  Medilink West Midlands (Birmingham), Medilink North East (Seaham), Medilink North West (Manchester), Mediwales (Cardiff), Medilink South West (Bristol), and SEHTA (South East).

The MedilinkUK Board is composed of the CEOs and Chairman of the regional Medilink organisations together with the Chair of the MedilinkUK Board (currently the former Head of 3M Healthcare for Western Europe).  The Board meets three times a year to agree activity and direction.  MedilinkUK branded activity is comprised of a biannual MedilinkUK magazine, an annual conference, an annual healthcare business awards dinner and a website. All other activity takes place within the regions to provide specialist business support to Life Science companies.

Members of the MedilinkUK board sit on key national committees.

Why a secondee?

Whilst the majority of the work of the Medilinks takes place directly with businesses regionally (linking with the NHS and academia), there is no dedicated resource nationally to drive national activity.  The individual Medilinks, as not for profit organisations, do not have the resource to support national activity – they are funded via various mechanisms and by their members to operate regionally.

With the initial support of a secondee (over 12 months) drawn from the Life Science sector, it will be possible to develop a strategy for sustainable national activity and to develop a process to coordinate regional input and delivery against the strategy.

What would be the responsibilities of the MedilinkUK secondee:

The MedilinkUK Board have identified a number of priority work streams which the secondee would take a lead on, with support from named Medilink Executives:-

  • Joint Activity / Economies of scale a survey has been conducted on the skills and expertise resident within the regional Medilink teams and the opportunity has been identified to better utilise these skills, with the potential for individual Medilinks to take the lead in the delivery of specific services, nationally e.g. events, skills, innovation, international etc. Secondee would assist in developing a blue print for the future joint service provision.
  • Collaborative Funded Projects – Whilst each of the regional MedilinkUK organisations are ideally positioned to bid into regional calls for the delivery of specialist business support, it has not been able to identify in a timely manner, and respond to, national funding calls.  The secondee would help to map out government / agency project calls and to identify potential partners for collaborative projects.  One key area identified as a priority is ‘national Life Science skills development’.
  • Communications Strategy –  It has proved difficult to maintain the momentum in developing a national communications strategy which has clear messaging and an identified target audience, due to regional workload priorities.  The MedilinkUK secondee would liaise with the regional Medilinks to produce a MedilinkUK communications strategy and related marketing collateral.
  • National Sponsorship –  As a ‘not for profit’ altruistic organisation, which has at its heart the desire to drive the competitiveness of the UK Life Science sector and improve the health and wellbeing of people, it is felt that the sponsorship of MedilinkUK would be an attractive proposition, for national organisation seeking to promote/execute their Corporate Social Responsibility.  The MedilinkUK secondee would help to develop a credible sponsorship strategy /proposition and identify potential sponsors.  Such a strategy would include national sponsorship for MedilinkUKs key products, namely its national magazine, national conference, national awards ceremony and national website


Background of Secondee:

This opportunity would be ideal for either:-

  • Someone at an early stage in their career in the Life Science sector, to enable them to better understand and navigate the government / business support / health delivery infrastructure and to develop important sustainable relationships
  • Someone at a late stage in their career within the Life Science sector, who may be considering early retirement (possibly as a result of downsizing and voluntary redundancy) and may be considering future consultancy work

Benefits to Secondee:

This opportunity would provide real benefits to the secondee:-

  • Create a network of lasting relationships across the Life Science community
  • Develop new skill sets
  • Gain a wider outlook from different industry sectors, and different government bodies e.g. NHS England, NIHR, Innovate UK, DIT
  • Apply current skills, knowledge and experience in a different setting
  • Provide a differentiating quality to a CV
  • Making a difference!


The secondment would be for a one-year period, ideally full time but part time would be considered, ideally starting from March 2018 onwards.  The primary location for the secondee would be the nearest Medilink office but travel would be necessary between Medilink locations and to attend events / national committee meetings.  Travel and other necessary out of pocket expenses will be met by MedilinkUK.


Please send a brief CV and letter of application (no more than 2 pages) to: William Cruise via email ( by Friday 2nd February 2018.

For more details and informal enquiries: please contact Kevin Kiely on 0114 232 9292