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    MedComms Networking - 19 January 2021


    This morning, I received notification of the abstracts deadline for the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress 2021 at the end of August. After "pivoting" last year and providing free access, they're now clearly completely committed to their "digital experience". The low pricing seems noteworthy. It'll be fascinating to see how the many medical society congresses play out this year. Both in terms of technical platforms, but also their financial models. Vaccines or not, how many of us are seriously willing to travel to large gatherings over the next few months? And the longer this goes on, the more we'll adapt. And the higher our expectations.

    But what do I know? I'm delighted Len Starnes will join me for tomorrow's #MedComms webinar to talk about what he sees happening. Please join us for what should be another fascinating discussion. Everyone's welcome. Len's tracking what the medical societies are doing and has plenty of insights to share.

    Talking about speculation - and I'm well aware some folks don't agree with me - I think the delayed IR35 tax changes in the UK will cause significant disruption across our community in April. If you work in a company outside the UK with no UK base, or you work in a company that simply doesn't work with freelancers or you're a freelancer who only works with companies outside the UK with no UK base at all - feel free to look away. But that's a minority of you. The healthcare communications business is heavily dependent on a flexible freelance workforce.

    There's lots of room for different interpretations of these new rules. And for unintended consequences. We had an unexpected year to get ready... have we done so?

    As someone described it to me last week, we'll have a series of Mexican standoffs between client, freelancer and tax man. And we know what happens in those.

    Of course, the changes may yet be delayed again. Maybe.

    To find out more, watch this recording of last week's webinar from the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE). They won't mind me sharing it. This is serious. Disagree with me if you like, but at least think about it.

    On a more positive note, today I published the latest edition (the 4th) of our annual free careers guide, The business of medical communications: a guide to getting started in account management, written by Lindsey Heer and supported by AMICULUM with a host of other MedComms agencies. Kudos to all who participated. Please help share the news with anyone who wants to learn about our business and encourage them to join us for next week's #MedComms webinar, In conversation with the account managers, when I'll be joined by Melissa Kelly (Envision Pharma Group), Tessa Rowland (Lucid Group) and Matthew Smith-Andrews (Ashfield Healthcare Communications).

    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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