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    Every Tuesday we send out the MedComms Networking email newsletter to subscribers. It includes brief commentary on what we're doing and planning, and highlights relevant news to encourage sharing of information, experiences and ideas and to stimulate discussion. The text and links included below, by definition, were accurate on the day of publication, but may then become outdated.

    MedComms Networking - 02 August 2016


    August is surely a crazy month. Where is everyone all of a sudden? Hello?

    I'll now duck, first for the deluge of OOO auto-responders that'll shortly swamp my in-box and second for the outraged comments from those of you who are indeed out there and working hard! Anyway, it is what it is and if at this crazy time you need additional support then use our MedComms Workbook service. I always say it's "stupidly simple" - and free of charge - to use. I happily pass on messages from people looking for specialist MedComms support to a long list of experienced freelancers who respond directly if they can help. I've already sent three work opportunities today. One point I'd like to SHOUT about, though; the majority of opportunities going out are for writers, which frustrates the editors, strategic consultants, proof-readers, account managers, event organisers, Zinc specialists, designers and others! Whatever you need, we may be able to help. You certainly can't lose trying.

    Meanwhile, plans are coming together quickly now for what we're calling MedComms Landscape Training events for Recent Starters in MedComms. This is an example of the value coming from our Sponsors' meetings now. Ideas like this, coming out of those group discussions, by definition have to be more directly relevant and of greater value to everyone than some of those I dream up on my own over a late night whiskey! Our next Sponsors' meeting on 19 September will focus broadly on identifying and then meeting training needs in MedComms. All your suggestions are welcomed.

    The MedComms Landscape Training is being put together with Adrian Brown Consulting and the first one-day event is now confirmed for 12 October in Oxford. We'll aim to move the event around the country over time. The outline programe and registration details will be posted shortly, meanwhile if you're interested in knowing more then simply contact Adrian Brown on We'll be looking for as much feedback as possible as we refine the programme.

    Something else that might be of interest to new starters, specifically writers this time, is the Geoff Hall Scholarship 2016 from the European Medical Writers Association (EMWA) which is now open for entries. The essay title for 2016 is 'Good Medical Writing Saves Lives'. The submission deadline for entries is 31 October 2016. Eligible applicants must be new medical writers: that is, they intend to enter the profession or have been employed for no longer than one year as a professional medical writer, including freelance work. They need not be current members of EMWA.

    Enjoy your week, everyone. Tomorrow's Brunch Club meeting has representatives from AMICULUM and Darwin Healthcare Communications telling us "what MedComms means to us, what we do, how we do it, what makes us different". We'll film the talks again to add to the collection at so watch this space - I'd be happy to hear from anyone else who likes the idea and wants to take a turn in the future.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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