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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 The text and links included below, by definition, were accurate on the day of publication, but may then become outdated.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 - 06 September 2016


    In the UK the kids are back at school (hurrah!), the weather has turned autumnal (groan!) and already we're thinking about 2017. Registration opened today for the European Meeting of ISMPP in London in January (hopefully I'll see you there) and I'm sitting here planning new MedComms Networking activities whilst trying to keep up with what still has to be done this week, this month, this year.

    We've got more registrations than ever before in Manchester for next week's MedComms careers event so we can look forward to another great day there.

    We're also planning our next Sponsors' meeting on 19 September when, along with other matters, we'll talk about training and development within MedComms and what more might be done to support the community. Our first Landscape training event in October for new staff in MedComms is now taking bookings and should lead to other similar activities. To help inform our discussions, if you work in a UK-based MedComms agency please take 5 minutes to complete our Flash Survey and share your experiences and hopes for training in MedComms. The survey is entirely anonymous and I'm hoping for some useful insights. All being well the results will be shared as usual afterwards.

    Meanwhile I've just wrapped up our annual survey of subscribers to the MedComms Workbook list of Freelancers. We gathered feedback about the effectiveness and value of the current service, and insights in to how it might develop. The headline data I've posted for everyone to access should help everyone better understand the profile of the current service. As always there's then other useful data and commentary that the subscribers can access that helps them think about their own business practices. Frankly I think it's amazing how often we can help someone who's looking for MedComms support (did I say it's free to use?) but it's worth sharing with everyone that the most common complaint from the freelancers is that requests are often so last minute. I understand what's happening but a heartfelt plea to the agencies would be to think about their freelance needs a tad earlier, to help themselves apart from anything else.

    If you're heading for your tea-break, did you see this paper last week in The BMJ; Ghostwriting: the importance of definition and its place in contemporary drug marketing by Alastair Matheson, independent consultant. If like many of us you were frustrated by the paywall, you can view the full article (for personal use only, of course!) at Sci-Hub. Any thoughts? I started a discussion in the MedComms Networking Linkedin group and it would be great to see some responses! Please do use the Linkedin groups to share news and views. Nearly 4,000 subscribers and so little discussion. Very frustrating.

    If you want an alternative for your tea break - check out this video posted a couple of days ago by Peter Sandbach; A cure for corporate jargon. There's a back story which is worth a read as well.

    Enjoy your week, everyone.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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