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    MedComms Networking - 01 December 2020


    First, a big shout out to Annette Keith and her colleagues at Langland who are now sponsoring MedComms Networking activity. Huge kudos to you. And indeed to all the current Sponsors. Without their help I simply couldn't do all this in the way we do it, making so much valuable resource so freely accessible to so many. In these strange and disrupted times, it's even more valued.

    Langland is a Publicis Health company and say their "heritage in medical communications has been built on a willingness to explore how insight can give data meaning in the real world, stimulating open discourse that people value, to advance human health."

    I really enjoy chatting in the weekly #MedComms webinars with different agencies about the ways in which they work, their values, their cultures, their people. It's striking how different they are, despite arguably having similar purposes. Just in recent weeks I've talked with representatives from Brandcast Health and with McCann Health Medical Communications and just last week with Syneos Health Communications. And there are many more similar recordings at

    All different. All successful. All MedComms. All still open for business. Everyone seems to be busier than ever. It's an important message to put out there.

    It's been a long hard year, though, and it's not showing signs of letting up. Sometimes it's difficult to remember that surrounding me, amongst family and friends and beyond, there are real challenges and hardships. It's important, to remember and acknowledge the benefits, and privilege, of working in our business.

    And it's important to ask, of ourselves and of each other, "is everyone in MedComms coping as well as they claim?". It can be hard to know.

    I happily admit I sometimes turn off Zoom, and slump. Maybe a glass in hand. Dog beside me. And wonder quite what's coming. And I've long been a proponent of working from anywhere, 24/7, as "virtually" and as "digitally" as possible. So, surely I'm fine?

    I think the way we work has changed, irreversibly. And we all need to change too. Not everyone agrees. Your thoughts?

    Importantly, we're rounding off a crazy year on 16 December with a big Zoom meeting for everyone, Better Homeworking in MedComms. The programme is being organised by Tim Hardman (Niche Science and Technology) and Steven Walker (St Gilesmedical London and Berlin). We'll explore the contradictions of homeworking and seek the experiences of a range of stakeholders. Issues to be addressed include room ergonomics, health and safety, good mental health, finances, human resources and contracts, mutual support, maintaining company ethos and socialising on line. Presenters include: Rebecca Douglas, Rob Davies, Christian Hambly, Susie Marriott, Dr Christine Oesterling MD MRCGP, Karina Rudzinska, Iain Smith, and Louise Upton. It should be fun. See the full details and sign up now - and bring everyone!

    But meanwhile, in tomorrow's #MedComms weekly webinar, we'll talk about working as a medical publications professional. Everyone's welcome. Please join us.

    Stay safe and well, everyone. And keep a friendly eye on each other.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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