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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 The text and links included below, by definition, were accurate on the day of publication, but may then become outdated.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 - 10 December 2019


    I'm sending this early today, before heading to London for our end-of-year MedComms Networking meeting, hosted by Stgilesmedical, Involving patients in research and medical writing, which features some impressive speakers. I look forward to seeing some of you there, very shortly.

    First, my thanks to Caroline Halford (Springer Healthcare), Hamish McDougall (SAGE Publishing), Jonathan Patience (Taylor and Francis) and Joanne Walker (Future Science Group), the star representatives of the medical journal publishing world who joined me last week for our final, free, MedComms webinar of 2019. It was a valuable opportunity to hear about their journals, their unique working practices and their plans for the coming year. And to discuss current developments and future trends.

    The recording is now freely available, along with many others, at or on our MedComms YouTube channel or stream it directly from the link below. Gather your colleagues, share some cake and use it as the basis for a useful lunch and learn. Discuss how what you hear might be put to practical use in your own work.

    [Meet the Publishers (44.17 minutes)]

    I think the weekly webinars worked well this year - if you think differently tell me! - and I'll start again on 29 January. Frankly, though, it's harder than I expected to line up topics reliably every week. So, if you've suggestions about topics, participants, or even better if you'd like to volunteer to join me talking about your pet subject, then please give me a shout at any time.

    Meanwhile here are some news snippets you might have missed over the past few days...

    The International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP) have announced the next iteration of the Good Publication Practice (GPP) guidelines, an industry-leading document to guide the ethical development of medical publications. Development of the GPP4 guidelines is now well underway, with a Steering Committee established and working steadily on revisions to the guidance [Read more here]

    The Pharmaceutical Marketing Society's Patient Engagement Interest Group have published a useful checklist; Patient collaboration uncut! Do's and Don'ts of patient and industry collaborations [Read more here]

    The Pharmaceutical Marketing Society's Industry / Agency Relationships Interest Group has announced that their Pitch Survey results are in! Find out how many weeks agencies are generally given to work on pitches and why clients should give them more time. [Read more here]

    Finally, this week I need you to pass on word about our next MedComms Careers event in Oxford on 16 January. There's plenty of space for wannabes and it's free to attend. It'll be a great opportunity to chat with 40-50 MedComms specialists from AMICULUM, Ashfield Healthcare Communications, Envision Pharma Group, Fishawack Group, Helios Medical Communications, Highfield, Insight Medical Writing, Lucid Group, McCann Health Medical Communications, Ogilvy Health, Oxford PharmaGenesis and Prime Global. Between us we should be able to answer most questions!

    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.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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