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    MedComms Networking - 03 September 2019


    First off, a big shout out to Tim Griffiths and Kerry Walker and their team at Insight Medical Writing for supporting the latest in our series of annual FirstMedCommsJob careers guides.

    I've been running MedComms Networking activities for many years now and talking with post-graduate students and others about career opportunities for medical writers who are interested in working within specialist medical communications (MedComms) companies. But MedComms writing doesn’t suit everyone and many people who attend our FirstMedCommsJob careers meetings ask about other closely related options, such as regulatory medical writing. Whilst the style of writing is different to MedComms and aimed firmly at satisfying the rigorous needs of the regulatory and licensing authorities, regulatory writers need just the same enthusiasm for science, ability to work as part of a team and pedantic nature to succeed.

    A writer's role in drug development: a guide to getting started in regulatory medical writing
    By Dr Debbie Brix Reynolds, 1st edition published September 2019
    [Download your copy]

    As always, all feedback welcomed.

    Meanwhile, our next Open MedComms Careers Event is in Manchester next Tuesday, 10 September. Please help spread the word. The more the merrier. Programme and registration details here.

    There should be about 100 of us there, but we've still room for more. These regular meetings are well-proven to help get people into jobs.

    Detailed arrangements for our various other meetings this Autumn are still being worked on, but are coming together quickly. So, watch this space or shout if you have any questions at any time.

    Importantly we now have a programme for our next Brunch meeting, Research Roundup - advancing the publishing of pharmaceutical industry research. It's in Oxford on 21 October, supported by Oxford PharmaGenesis. To mark Open Access Week 2019 several authors will present results from their recent, valuable, published research projects around the topic of open access publication of pharmaceutical industry research and the role of professional medical writers. We're looking forward to lively discussion between speakers and audience on the day. This event is free of charge for any members of this MedComms Networking Community, or anyone who would like to learn more about the MedComms business. Everyone welcome.

    By the way, talking about open access publishing, did you see the new Open Access Journal Tool for Industry, launched last week by the Medical Publishing Insights and Practices (MPIP)?

    Finally, following last week's comments about the impending clampdown in the UK on IR35 tax rules for freelancers and the companies that commission them, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed in the UK (IPSE) posted this update on their position on the GSK letters, HMRC letters to GSK contractors add to IR35 confusion. Subscribers to the MedComms Workbook will hear more from the IPSE in our Zoom meeting on 23 September.

    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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