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MedComms Networking - 04 February 2020
Busy, busy, busy...
Our 5th annual MedComms Barometer closed on a record-breaking 528 responses. Thanks, everyone.
Noteworthy headline figures include the 84 percent who are "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with their current job and the 94 percent who say they would "recommend MedComms to others as a worthwhile career option".
That's a positive message to present to the outside world, and to wannabes in particular.
It's worth browsing and thinking about the open text answers. Not everything is positive. And I'll mention, without jumping back on my soapbox for now, there are concerns about the threatened IR35 tax changes in the UK.
All results are freely available on our MedComms Networking surveys page, where I've also split out the Freelancers (N=156) and MedComms/Med Ed agencies (N=273).
Meanwhile we've started another series of weekly MedComms webinars. Last week Tim Sparke (Partner at Congregation Ltd) and Faisal Ahmed (Digital Consultant and co-founder of the Digitally Sick podcast) talked about Nurturing a digital, multichannel, mindset in MedComms - watch the video here.
Tomomrrow we're in conversation with the account managers. The final line up is; Ben Church (Account Executive at Oxford PharmaGenesis), Alice Fantom (Account Executive at Envision Pharma Group), Abigail Lowe (Project Coordinator at Fishawack Group) and Charlotte Lupton (Scientific Project Leader at Helios Medical Communications).
And next week I'm looking forward to Rob Harris (Global Talent Lead) and Phil Matthews (Portfolio Director and Team Lead), both of Envision Pharma Group, talking about their Envisionary Leadership programme.
These webinars are free to attend and, if you miss them, the recordings are added to the collection at NetworkPharma.tv where you'll now find more than 200 videos on all sorts of relevant topics.
If it's possible I'm becoming an even bigger fan of video conferencing - and specifically of Zoom.us - with each passing day! It really does make it possible to do some interesting 'stuff'.
On Sunday night I'll run another online meeting with medical writers from across New Zealand. At 10.00 Monday, their time. It's easy. It's informal. It essentially costs nothing. And it's just plain useful to get groups like this together. If you yearn to learn about life as a writer in New Zealand, please join us.
Finally for now, as if you haven't enough to read, here are some of the first summaries coming out after the recent 2020 European Meeting of The International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP):
From OpenPharma: What does the future look like for medical publications? Insights from ISMPP EU 2020
From The Publication Plan: Summary of Day 1 of the 2020 ISMPP European Meeting
Remember, details of all our activities are kept bang up-to-date at www.MedCommsNetworking.com or give me a shout at any time if you've any questions, comments or suggestions.
P.S. we've now passed 700 Job Ads at NextMedCommsJob.com - that's another record-breaking result. It's great to welcome new advertisers like pH Medical Communications who are looking for a Part-time Senior/Principal Medical Writer. Shout if you want to post your jobs, too.
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