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    MedComms Networking - 21 August 2018


    It's always good to hear news about how what we do here, actually works out in practice. This morning I received the following message from Alysia Battersby, from Wickenstones...

    "Now that our latest recruitment drive is complete, I'd like to share with you the first concrete outcome of Wickenstones' attendance at the FirstMedCommsJob careers event in London this June. Overall Wickenstones' attendance yielded most positive results - we spoke to at least 20-30 delegates on the day, of which 5 sent or handed in their CVs and 3 passed a writing test with impressive results. We interviewed the 3 selected candidates and were spoiled for choice. Yesterday, the best of the 3 candidates started a junior writing position at Wickenstones. Thanks again for organising the careers event. It was indeed quite a tough day, but we found it most effective at finding the right candidate for our writing position."

    Nice. Please do help spread the word about our next Open Careers event, which is in Manchester on 13 September.

    This week I also spotted a new blog from Natasha Tracey; How I got a job in MedComms. It's worth reading if you're currently chasing that elusive first position.

    To complement our real world careers events I'm keen to develop more virtual activities for the wannabes and later this week we'll run another of my new "impromptu" webcasts, with the team from Ashfield Healthcare Communications, talking and answering questions about the Allegro programme for aspiring Associate Medical Writers. I'm still playing, and testing the platform, but it looks like it'll work well for us and I'm looking forward to more such events over the coming weeks. If such activities are of interest then sign up to our alert to be kept informed. And, please, tell your friends about all the services.

    Meanwhile, some of you will be interested to know that Mark Handforth and others have now launched their new initiative; Plenum Network launched to Challenge and Drive Innovation in Healthcare Sector Meetings and Communications Programmes. They say "if you are passionate about Healthcare Sector meetings and communications programmes and want to be part of a unique network which will support and challenge leaders in meetings and communication programmes then join the conversation. Plenum will connect industry influencers and address future mega trends in an independent environment."

    And the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP) are gearing up for their first event on the West Coast of the USA, in San Diego on 11-12 October. For those, like me, who can't be there, the Twitter hashtag is #ISMPPWEST18.

    On that final note, if you're looking for some reading for your next coffee break and you're working in or around the publications field, then check out the Open Pharma blog and also The Publication Plan.

    Enjoy your week. Remember, details of 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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