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    MedComms Networking - 05 January 2021


    Welcome to 2021. It looks like these will continue to be "interesting times"! So, best wishes for the weeks and months ahead. By all accounts, everyone working in and around MedComms is very busy this week and expects to stay so. It looks like at least some amount of working from home, and all that brings, is part of all our futures. Like it or not. So, please don't forget the minority who might be struggling. Support each other.

    There's plenty of practical considerations that need to be addressed by organisations and individuals if "WFH" is to become widespread and permanent. How many existing employment contracts need revising and how and when? What does on-boarding look like now for new starters? Who provides the coffee and biscuits?

    If you haven't done so already, watch the full recording of December's Forum meeting, Better home working in MedComms. You'll find the presentations complement each other well. Lots of useful insights and some great practical tips. But it does come in at a hefty 2 hours. So, I split the recording into several segments to provide easier access to the individual presentations and you'll find them all freely available at or in the MedComms YouTube channel (along with much more).

    Yesterday I launched our 6th Annual #MedComms Barometer Survey, which has already attracted almost 250 responses. I've tweaked our usual questionnaire to include some questions about home working and to encourage you to share your experiences and recommendations. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and add plenty of comments to those free text boxes. Often, it's those individual insights that provide the most value. All the data will be freely available, as always, on 1 February at our MedComms Surveys page.

    And please encourage all your colleagues to participate. The more the merrier. It's on an entirely anonymous basis.

    Then, if you work in an organisation, big or small, plan a team meeting now for early February. Use this independent data, together with your own, as the basis for open discussion about adapting to the new normal. There's no going back from this.

    If you work independently as a Freelancer, arrange an online huddle with like-minded others. Talk about how you're coping. Share top tips. Just have a laugh together. Even better, join our MedComms Workbook service if you've not already done so and benefit from the huge amount of experience within the group.

    Meanwhile, our weekly #MedComms webinars start again on 20 January with Len Starnes talking about Medical Society Conferences: What we learnt in 2020, what might happen in 2021.

    A week later we'll be In conversation with the account managers.

    Then on 3 February we'll be joined by four senior MedComms leaders, Alice Choi (COO, McCann Health Medical Communications), Jane Smith (Director, AMICULUM), Dennis O'Brien (CEO, Lucid Group) and Chris Winchester (CEO, Oxford PharmaGenesis) when we ask What is the bright new future for MedComms?

    There's lots more to come.

    Stay safe and well, everyone.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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