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    MedComms Networking - 06 October 2020


    First, a huge shout out to Jane Smith (AMICULUM), Rebecca Douglas (Ashfield Healthcare Communications), Karen Kent (Envision Pharma Group), Diane Sutherland (Fishawack Health) and Petula Coutinho (Oxford PharmaGenesis) for joining me on last week's Meet the agencies #MedComms webinar.

    It was fun. And, hopefully, a useful discussion about the current state of the MedComms business and recruitment activities at entry-level. We sent out a clear message - MedComms is open for business in these disrupted times. Whilst working practices might have changed - maybe for good - we've a healthy future and there are plenty of opportunities.

    It's interesting, though, to compare our discussions last week with the previous session, back in May, when lockdown was still new for many of us. And more so if you watch earlier videos. Whilst there's been a well-recognised move within MedComms towards more flexible working over recent years, we used to explain why there was still little choice for wannabes other than to move to an office location to start training. For lots of good reasons, like overhearing conversations, seeing activities unfolding, gossiping, experiencing the company culture and more.

    Now, of course, agencies talk about how they've "pivoted" successfully and offer comprehensive training and support online. Does that change the future of recruitment of wannabes? Time will tell. We all know that face-to-face is indeed important. So there's lots of talk about hybrid models. I wonder what the discussions will reveal when we re-convene in another few months. What do you think?

    Meanwhile, don't forget the 25 percent. We know some people struggle working from home. At least, at times. Watch our survey results being presented in June. We all have our own challenges, or maybe we've family and friends who are struggling. Effective management and team support has never been more important. I can attend a Zoom call from home and be jolly. Then turn off Zoom, crawl into a corner and sob.

    The MedComms business, might be thriving at the moment, but please, everyone, watch for colleagues who aren't.

    Meanwhile, in tomorrow's webinar we'll talk about ensuring clarity in medical communications with Jason Gardner and Orla Weir, of McCann Health Medical Communications, and Katy Demery of Novartis Pharma AG. Please join us. Everyone's welcome.

    Then, next week we talk about working in regulatory medical writing with Kelly Smith and Amy Ball from Insight Medical Writing.

    In between times, if you'd like to join us, our next occasional Zoom meeting of New Zealand medical writers (and guests) is at 10.00 Monday 12 October (note, that's New Zealand standard time). So, hopefully, a good time for the New Zealanders to pour a cup of coffee and break out the morning pastries. Or in my case, it'll likely be a late night whiskey! We keep it informal and friendly. Everyone's welcome.

    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.

    Stay safe and well, everyone.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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