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    MedComms Networking - 02 February 2021


    Thanks to everyone who joined in with January's annual #MedComms Barometer survey. We collected a record-breaking 612 responses.

    As always, the data is now freely available to peruse at your leisure, at our MedComms Networking Surveys page. And, once again, we've filtered out reports for the freelancers only (N = 163) and the MedComms / Med Ed agencies only (N = 339)

    Hopefully, some of you will gather together and discuss the data. With cake, of course.

    It's good to see the overall positive view. A healthy 97 percent of respondents recommend MedComms to others as a worthwhile career option! And 85 percent say they are satisfied or very satisfied with their current job. Sounds good. Your thoughts?

    More concerning, 80 percent of respondents say they've not undertaken a formal health and safety assessment of their home work station. Some simply dismiss this as unnecessary. But employers have a duty of care. I can tell you, as someone who suffered badly from back pain within a few weeks of fully working at home, it's not funny when it goes wrong. Of course, we can argue over the robustness of these figures, but it should at least provoke some discussion within companies. The bigger problem is probably masked. We all know people who don't have a work station at all. They'll be reading this on a laptop whilst sitting on their bed...

    MedComms responded well to the disruption over the last year because many had already been allowing - if not actively encouraging - increasing flexibility and home working for employees. But little attention was being paid to the working conditions at home. Such flexibility was simply lauded as a benefit of employment. Now we're all settling down to a new normal, and office space is being reduced, some more serious attention will have to be paid.

    So, I'd particularly encourage you to look at the large number of free text comments this year. For instance, 190 respondents shared their thoughts on home working and what makes for better policies.

    I'd love to hear any thoughts directly or, better, share them using hashtag #MedComms on LinkedIn and on Twitter.

    Meanwhile, our weekly #MedComms webinars are going well. If you miss any check out the recordings at This Wednesday, 3 February, I'll be joined by four senior MedComms leaders, Alice Choi (COO, McCann Health Medical Communications), Jane Smith (Director, AMICULUM), Dennis O'Brien (CEO, Lucid Group) and Chris Winchester (CEO, Oxford PharmaGenesis) to ask What is the bright new future for MedComms? Please join us. Everyone's welcome.

    Next week we'll talk about working in medical writing with Bioscript. The week after we're looking ahead with The Healthcare Communications Association (HCA). The week after we'll hear about what's new for MedComms in the 2021 ABPI Code of Practice?

    And so on.

    Remember, details of all our activities are kept bang up-to-date at or give me a shout at any time if you've any questions, comments or suggestions.

    Stay safe and well, everyone.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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