Ashfield opening ninth UK-based office, looks to train 80 new employees

By Melissa Fassbender

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(Image: Getty/peshkov)
(Image: Getty/peshkov)
The health and life sciences services provider Ashfield Healthcare Communications, part of UDG Healthcare, is set to open in Manchester, marking the firm’s nine office in the UK.

Doug Burcin, president of Ashfield Healthcare Communications said the location gives the company access to the regions’ “talent hub,”​ which will support its future growth plans, “particularly when it comes to building out new client service offerings.” 

According to the company, in the coming year, it looks to create “numerous roles for experienced communications professionals”​ and to train 80 medical writers through its new Allegro program.

The program was launched in January 2018 and consists of a 12-month, accelerated learning program, including an 8-week training phase followed by two five-month rotations around the company’s health care communications agencies.

While the program is initially focusing on UK-based writers, Ashfield said expansion to the US is a possibility in the longer term.

Gill Adair, global head of talent acquisition at Ashfield Healthcare Communications said: “The addition of a Manchester office to our geographic portfolio will support our ambition to attract and retain the very best talent to the business.”

“The need for new talent has been driven by growing demand for healthcare communications services and a broadening of the range of skills we need to stay ahead of industry trends,”​ Adair said in a press release.

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