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    MedComms Networking - 03 March 2020


    Last week in the UK, the IR35 Review confirmed the reforms go ahead on 6 April.

    I think this could have a significant impact. I'm sure we'll see unintended consequences. Not everyone agrees and I'll be the first to cheer if I'm wrong, but - with just five weeks to go - the silence emanating from client companies is deafening. I'm aware several companies sent emails to their freelancers last week, but they mostly said "more news soon". Good luck everyone. I've tried for six months to encourage folks in the healthcare comms and #medcomms communities to talk openly about this. With each other. And largely failed. Hey ho. What will be, will be.

    As a reminder, I published two articles last month. They might at least provide food for thought if you're still "talking with lawyers" about what to do.

  • Why do you want to be a #MedComms Freelancer?

  • What's the state of #IR35 readiness amongst #MedComms freelancers in the UK?

  • I'd also respectfully suggest that lawyers may not always understand the operational implications of decisions like - "we won't be working with freelancers after 6 April", or "we'll only work with freelancers within IR35". Or what about; "we think we'll be OK, but we'll see what happens and in the worse case we'll simply start paying through PAYE..."? That one begs many questions. There are many differing positions being taken. That, in itself, is noteworthy.

    If anyone can share any experiences of what happens in real-life, then do so. If any client types will come to Oxford on 24 March and join the morning session of our next freelancers' workshop to talk about their policies, then I'd be delighted.

    On a positive note, the subscribers to the MedComms Workbook service are generally an optimistic group. Freelancers will still be needed. So we're working on a new careers guide for anyone who's thinking of taking the leap. Watch this space.

    Meanwhile, last week's Zoom webinar featured Jenny Plant and Ceylan Boyce talking about strategic thinking for account managers in medical communications. Great fun. Everyone can watch the video now.

    Tomorrow, I'll be joined by Linda Brown (Programme Director), Charlotte Wilkinson (Senior Programme Manager) and Ella Withey (Editor), of Wave Healthcare Communications, who will talk about their own personal journeys into MedComms. We'll also explore the overall journey that Wave has taken as a company, and the work they do today to provide compelling traditional and digital medical education programmes to support ethical pharmaceutical companies. More details here.

    Everyone's welcome, but this one is aimed primarily at the wannabes. Please tell anyone who wants to learn more about working life in MedComms.

    In these crazy days of disruption to events and travel, maybe we can all at least use solutions like to stay in touch (other solutions are, of course, available...)!

    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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