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    MedComms Networking - 02 July 2019


    Last week's webinar was excellent. Daniel Clifton, Founder and Managing Director, Paramount Recruitment, and Mike Ellingham, Marketing Consultant, reviewed key findings from the Healthcare Communications Workforce Insight Survey, which ran in May 2019.

    The video recording is now freely accessible any time you like, from wherever you are in the world. As we stress during the recording, online surveys such as these have obvious limitations, but give us all something to think about. This is year 2 of what will be an annual survey, and it'll be interesting to see if we can identify trends in future years. For now, having only two data points limits the commentary. Once again the writers dominated the responses and we struggled to get large numbers of respondents from outside the UK. Hopefully - with your help - we'll do better in coming years.

    The presentation focused on the UK and, for me, some noteworthy points were as follows:

  • there was perhaps less regional variation in salary levels, north vs south UK, than one might expect

  • pay rises over the last year seemed to exceed expectations

  • a wide range of perks are offered - and enjoyed - but clearly topping the list of what's wanted were flexibility and home working

  • more than 90 percent of agencies are expecting to recruit at least as much this year vs last, and indeed most expect to recruit more staff

  • key themes coming through from asking about future trends were led by the continued increase in prominence of digital activity, growth overall of the healthcare communications business and increasing importance of patient-centric activity.

  • What about your thoughts? Let me know.

    The full report will be available over the next few days. If you'd like to be amongst the first to receive a copy simply email Daniel Clifton directly, but as soon as we can it'll be freely available via our Surveys Page on where you can currently find the full report from last year.

    Meanwhile, tomorrow Steve Doyle presents 8 key tips to transform your MedComms Linkedin profile. As far as I'm concerned, anyone who contacts me but doesn't seem to have a Linkedin profile is unlikely to exist. Many with one, though, can learn how to improve it! Everyone welcome.

    Then, next week we'll have one final webinar before I have to stop them over the Summer (we'll start again 2 October). Louise Sharp, Founder and Managing Director, Makara Health Communications and Angie Wiles, Founder, The Difference Collective, will talk about Working virtually to deliver more effective MedComms services. "Have laptop, can work from anywhere..." Really? We'll discuss the benefits and challenges - for staff, clients and others - that come with working in fully- or semi- virtual teams. Is it about working smarter to deliver better service? Or saving cost? Or better work-life balance? Please join us.

    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.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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