Making a career move: Primary care to pharma

Head with clear cloud inside: Amit Shah, recently appointed Healthcare Development Manager with Scope Ophthalmics, on why he made the move into pharma.

Amit Shah, recently appointed Healthcare Development Manager with Scope Ophthalmics, on why he made the move into pharma.

What is your background?

I’m a pharmacist by trade; my background was working within a Primary Care Trust/Clinical Commissioning Group, gaining over seven years’ experience within the medicines management team and commissioning teams. I spent three years at Humana as a management consultant, leading on GP commissioning. For the last seven years I have been in a variety of market access roles in small to blue chip pharma. I moved over to pharma to gain commercial acumen, and to use my skills to make a difference to patients.

“Be really clear on where you would like to be in the short, medium and long term”

Why did you make the move to Scope Ophthalmics?

My recent move to Scope Ophthalmics was to utilise my skillset from the NHS and pharma to drive market access, which is very different now because of the changes within the NHS landscape. With Scope being a medium-size family run company I felt it was an opportunity to get involved with different parts of the business to develop strategy, but also to have significant input into marketing and training to accelerate performance at pace and scale, not only of myself but the wider matrix team to ensure that patients benefit from access to the right medicines.

Why did you choose to use a recruitment consultancy instead of applying direct?

In terms of recruitment and to identify opportunities for me, I found Evolve Selection approximately five years ago. They have supported me in sourcing the right opportunities for me, and in planning and preparing for interviews. It does not stop there; they have kept in touch post-recruitment to see how I’m getting on. I’ve found them to be a very personable and professional team.

What advice would you give to a young person thinking about pursuing a career in the pharmaceutical industry?

For folks thinking about careers in pharma, I would strongly encourage everyone to have a personal development plan. Be really clear on where you would like to be in the short, medium and long term. There are numerous roles and it is really important to identify what/where you want to be.

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