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    MedComms Networking - 09 January 2018


    First, a shout out to 15 'newbies' starting the new Allegro training programme in Macclesfield this week - good luck, guys! Allegro was launched this week by Ashfield Healthcare Communications. I've added details to the web site and all being well we'll post regular updates there from individuals as they progress through their 12-month programmes. Ashfield are aiming at recruiting 80 entry level writers a year to the programme, so it's a significant initiative.

    It's been noticeable over the past year that more MedComms agencies are investing more heavily in more formalised training schemes for entry level recruits. Many are providing a broader introduction to the business and allowing participants more choice in determining whether they're better suited to writing or account management or other roles. This must be a good thing where resources allow. Hopefully more of them will contribute updates to (come on guys, you know who you are!).

    Overall the increased emphasis on training and development at all levels in MedComms must be welcomed (think about how many Learning and Development Managers worked in MedComms agencies a year ago - now there are a good number).

    On that note, following the positive feedback received from previous events, Adrian Brown is running another Pharmaceutical Landscape training event - in Macclesfield on 8 March. This regular training event was developed with input from the Sponsors of MedComms Networking and is aimed at recent starters, providing a broad insight into the pharmaceutical industry and specifically the role of MedComms. The full programme and registration details are here.

    I shouldn't pre-empt the results of our third annual Barometer survey, which runs until 31 January, but in our past two surveys it's been noteworthy how respondents were very positive about recommending a career in MedComms. That's heartening as about 40 of you are joining me in Oxford this week to talk to 100 or so wannabes. Those Open Careers Events are always great fun, very exhausting, and always result in people being offered jobs. If everything goes according to plan this year we've lots more activities planned including, of course, the first edition of our new cSareers guide for budding Account Managers, which will be published later this month to accompany our established guide for wannabe medical writers (which will be updated again in March as usual).

    Along with everything we're doing here to support career development, another useful date for your diary is next week's webinar from ISMPP, free to all regardless of membership. What's Your Path? Career Development in Medical Publications is on 17 January. And Steven Walker of Stgilesmedical has reminded me that at the upcoming European Meeting of ISMPP later this month in London, he's leading a session for new medical writers, on 23 January.

    Enjoy your week. If you've not seen it yet (aren't you following me on Twitter?) then do yourself a favour and watch this TED talk (it's a few years old but worth it); The happy secret to better work.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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