Does the term ‘healthcare consulting’ mean anything to you? Is this a career you have considered, or one you would like more information about? If so you will be very interested in hearing from our speaker Brendan Martin.
I personally had not heard of the term healthcare consulting but after some quick research I learnt that healthcare consulting is a huge industry with many options for those who have studied or practiced pharmacy. Public and private healthcare institutions engage consultants to work on projects covering a huge range of areas. Experience in the study or practice of pharmacy can therefore be a valuable asset when considering a future career in consulting.
Brendan graduated from Queen’s University in Belfast in 2010 and completed his preregistration year at Medicare in West Belfast. Whilst a pre-reg, he worked on community initiatives with GP practice Pharmacists and the ‘Know Your Pharmacist’ initiative with the NPA. Following qualification he worked briefly as a locum in Belfast and concurrently mentored on a local pre-reg training programme. He then held a number of positions with Boots across Liverpool and Manchester before moving to London where he started helping innovative healthcare start-ups through the group Health 2.0.
In early 2014 Brendan joined KPMG (a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services) as an analyst in their Healthcare Consulting team. Brendan explains “Moving from community practice to the consulting world was a watershed in my career and allowed me to use my knowledge in ways I hadn’t even considered possible.” He initially worked on engagements with UK healthcare regulatory organisations, the NHS Leadership Academy and a number of NHS Trusts on pharmacy transformation projects.
Brendan has since progressed to an assistant manager role in KPMG’s Enterprise department, where he works mainly with innovative healthcare and life sciences start-ups. This includes advising on strategy, finance and operations and his experience as a pharmacist is continually valuable. “The fact that I am a pharmacist means I understand the therapy areas many of these companies are tackling – having served people suffering from these conditions as a pharmacist I have a depth of understanding which is very valuable as a consultant.”
Brendan has secured some exciting roles in only 5 years since graduation and was nominated by his firm to be part of the London First Future Leaders Programme. He will therefore be a speaker you will not want to miss at the APC conference on Saturday 23rd January.