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    MedComms Networking - 08 December 2020


    The end of the year is in sight! I don't know about you, but I'm keen to skip to the new one. I always struggle at the end of any year. I've no idea why, and it makes me a rubbish house guest over the Christmas period, but I prefer the new year celebration. Bring it on.

    First, though, what's planned for the final stretch?

    In last week's #MedComms webinar I chatted with the medical publications professionals. You can watch the recording here. Thanks to John Gonzalez, author of our new FirstMedCommsJob careers guide "Ensuring timely dissemination of research: A guide to working as a medical publications professional", and Kat Ayling-Rouse, Roz Bonomally and Andrea Cifelli from Envision Pharma Group for joining me. The common theme of all our discussions now, is the acceleration in developments on the digital front, for obvious reasons. We've seen a significant increase in opportunities to expand well beyond the traditional "2-D" print format of an article. The pressure's coming from all sides. Authors, funders, agencies, publishers... all see new opportunities to extend the reach of the content, and audiences want it. On the flip side, the disruption this year means many clinical trials have slowed or even halted. Will that affect workloads next year? An important point for the wannabes, which I hope we illustrated, is the number of people involved in getting trial results published. It's not just a writing job. It's real team work. See what you think.

    Tomorrow, I'm joined by the publishers for our annual discussion with Caroline Halford (Springer Healthcare), Hamish McDougall (SAGE Publishing), Jonathan Patience (Taylor and Francis) and Joanne Walker (Future Science Group). How have things changed for them this year? What are they predicting for the year ahead? Join us to find out. And, if you like, remind yourselves, here, about what we said this time last year. None of us had a clue what was coming!

    Next Monday, I'm running an End of year huddle for #MedComms Freelancers. It's primarily for MedComms Workbook subscribers but, in the spirit of the moment, any other freelancers and interested parties are welcome to join us.

    And on Wednesday 16 December I'll sign off with a final #MedComms Forum, Better Homeworking in MedComms. We'll run it as a Zoom meeting. The programme is organised by Tim Hardman (Niche Science and Technology) and Steven Walker (St Gilesmedical London and Berlin). We'll explore the contradictions of homeworking and seek the experiences of a range of stakeholders. Issues to be addressed include room ergonomics, health and safety, good mental health, finances, human resources and contracts, mutual support, maintaining company ethos and socialising on line. The afternoon will end with a Christmas quiz and prizes, plus networking breakout rooms to chat and socialise. See full details here So you can better enjoy the break between sessions, we'll send the first 50 registrants who provide a UK address to Steven at posh tea bags and two homemade mince pies.

    Stay safe and well, everyone.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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