Can you believe that we've just finished our third quarter? How time flies!

The past three months have brought plenty of challenges - not least because the Covid crisis is still very much ongoing - but there's been a lot of success too, and even a pandemic couldn't stop the HRS team from celebrating that success together.

On Friday 26 March, our hard-working life changers gathered via Zoom for our regular end-of-quarter (EOQ) celebration. The interactive presentation of our recent highlights covered everything from Blue Monday, supposedly the most depressing day of the year...

...to our February Mile Challenge, a month-long effort to walk, run and cycle as many miles as possible. The whole company took part, and between us, we raised more than seven thousand pounds for three fantastic charities. Read more about the February Mile Challenge here.

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vaccination

Thanks to the hard work of the world's top scientists, less than twelve months since the entire globe entered a state of near-total shutdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, several safe and effective vaccines have been developed that provide high levels of immunity against the disease.

The vaccines don't just help to stop people contracting COVID-19, they also help to reduce symptoms, hospitalisations, transmission, and probability of death. This is an achievement that the whole world should be proud of, and a cause for celebration as they help to lead us out of lockdown.

Depending on which vaccine you receive, two doses may be required in order to develop high resistance to the disease. But why? This is a question that a lot of people have been asking since the vaccine rollout began, and we believe that it's important to answer this question clearly in order for people to understand and feel comfortable when receiving the vaccine.

So, let's get right into it and find out why some of the COVID vaccines require two doses - and why others don't!

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working from home

2020 was a year to forget. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, life, as we knew it came to a crashing halt and new ways of living and more importantly working, had to be adopted.

For the many businesses that didn't go under and were able to continue operating, new working measures had to be quickly implemented in order for survival and success to be sustained. One of which was the adoption of remote working and working from home. 

Now, many businesses already offered their workers the opportunity to work from home before the pandemic kicked in, so a lot of people were already familiar with the idea of not having to travel to the office on a day-to-day basis but for the majority of people, working from home was something completely new and a way of working that they had to quickly become used to. 

For some, working from home can be a lot easier than working from an office, for others, it can be a bit of a struggle due to limited resources and more distractions. So, to make working from home a little easier and to increase your productivity whilst away from the office, here are some simple time management tips that you can implement right away!

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how do clinical trials work

Clinical trials contribute to our medical understanding. Researchers use them to trial new medicines and diagnosis methods so that patients with certain diseases and conditions receive better treatment in the future. The results of any clinical trial can help to shape new medical strategies.

Clinical trials might be carried out to:

  • Assess different ways to prevent the onset of a disease or condition (eg. drugs or lifestyle changes).
  • Try new diagnosis methods to identify symptoms of a particular condition.
  • Explore care procedures that lead to a better quality of life for people with long-term illnesses.

 

How do clinical trials work?

Setting up a clinical trial is no easy task. There are a lot of different procedures and protocols that must be followed to ensure that the trial runs smoothly and achieves the desired outcome. 

Researchers have to outline:

  • The number of people they need in the trial
  • Detailed information about the tests & their frequency
  • The data that will be collected
  • Length of the trial

Once the plan has been put together, the clinical trial can be run by the relevant regulatory authorities so that the researchers can get marketing approval. Marketing approval is crucial, because, without this, researchers aren't able to recruit participants for the trial. 

Stage one

It's likely that the clinical trial will take place in stages, where the first stage includes a small number of completely healthy or very sick patients (with limited treatment options). This is the highest risk stage of any clinical trial.

Stage two

Once the safety of the drug or treatment has been confirmed in stage one, the second stage will commence. This is where larger groups of patients become involved in the study and the widespread effects.

Later stages

Stages of the trial after this are generally used to confirm the benefit and safety. They may be used to explore the long-term effect of a treatment. There are occasions where less common, adverse effects are highlighted during these later stages, but on the whole, the treatment is considered 'safe'.

Regulatory bodies like to see more than three different stages of trial before they'll consider a drug or treatment safe and effective for widespread use.

 

How do clinical trials recruit participants?

Much like job recruitment, clinical trial recruitment is most effective when you know what the ideal candidate looks like. If a clinical trial needs people of a certain age, gender, or with a particular condition to take part, then it's important that the clinical trial is marketed to the right kind of people. 

Some researchers will use a patient recruitment company to help reach the right people without sacrificing a lot of time. A good patient recruitment agency will keep all of the participant preferences in mind as they find people to take part in the trial. 

Other ways that clinical trials recruit participants are:

  • Through local healthcare providers
  • Through nonprofit organisations
  • Through digital recruitment campaigns

So there you have it, an overview of how clinical trials work and how patients are recruited. If you'd like to create life-saving drugs and potentially conduct clinical trials of your own, take a look at our pharmaceutical vacancies.

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What do recruitment agencies do? Recruitment companies are 'middle men' on the job market that connect potential employers with the right candidates or their job vacancies. It's true that some people may never have found their dream job without the help of a recruitment agency, so recruitment agencies are very valuable. Today we're going to look at some of the different things that recruitment agencies do, so you can decide whether or not you'd be interested in using one in the future.

Working with companies to fill vacancies

Learning about job vacancies

The first thing that recruitment agencies do is liaising with companies that have job vacancies. They might reach out to companies with vacancies, or the companies might reach out to them. Either way, the recruiter will start to gather a list of job vacancies that a particular company needs filling. 

It's important that the recruiter finds out as much information as possible about the job vacancies so that they can find the perfect candidates for the job later down the line. 

Sourcing candidates

Once the recruitment agency has all the information about the jobs, they can start to source suitable candidates. This happens in two different ways. Either:

  • The recruiters sift through their database of existing candidates looking for jobs, highlighting anyone that's a good fit for the role(s). 
  • The recruiters post the job vacancies online, allowing potential candidates to apply for the job role(s) directly.

Assessing candidates

It's likely that the recruitment agency will hold some preliminary interviews with the potential candidates. This helps them create a shortlist of the very best candidates for the job, that can then be handed over to the client/company. 

To assess candidates, recruitment agencies might hold telephone interviews, face-to-face interviews, or ask the candidates to complete a test. These initial stages in the recruitment process can take up a lot of time for companies, which is why it's beneficial to outsource this work and be presented with a shortlist of the best candidates at the end.

Working with candidates to find jobs

Alongside working with the clients to help them find the right candidates, recruitment agencies also work directly with job-seekers to help them find their dream jobs. This process is slightly different!

Learning about the candidate

A candidate will typically get in touch with a recruitment agency when they've decided to look for a new job. They may be unemployed, looking to progress, or interested in a career change. The recruitment agency will spend some time getting to know the candidate, their skills, their job expectations, desired job locations, and much more. All of this information can be used by the recruiters to match them with the right job.

Providing job application support and advice

Another thing that recruitment agencies do is helping to prepare candidates for job interviews. It's possible that some of the candidates that approach recruitment agencies are looking for their first job - perhaps they've only just left university and are keen to find a graduate role. Some candidates may have been in their old job for several years, in which time, they've forgotten how to interview confidently.

Whatever the circumstances of the candidates, recruitment agencies can be great sources of support and advice to help make sure potential candidates have the skills and knowledge to get their dream job.

Working behind the scenes

Whether you're a candidate looking for a job or a company trying to fill a vancancy, you can be sure that working with a recruitment agency will take some of the pressure of the job hunt.

Recruitment agencies work behind the scenes to match the perfect people to the perfect jobs, meaning everyone involved can get on with their day-to-day activities without the added stress.

This is great if you're a busy company with little time to spare for recruitment, or if you're a working professional who can't take time out of your schedule to find your next job.

Here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, we specialise in helping people find their dream life science careers. We have contacts in a range of scientific industries & we've helped hundreds of people find their new job and change lives. Want to take the first step towards your dream job?

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