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    MedComms Networking - 23 June 2020


    So, our survey, ("COVID-19: Challenges of home-working, a survey to inform working practice in MedComms", N = 758) says...

  • Almost 9 out of 10 respondents don't think the way we work will return to the way it was before the pandemic. But what does that mean in practice?
  • Overall MedComms folks seem positive about working from home, many want more of it, but a significant minority are struggling. Why, and how can we support them?
  • And here's one to think about; barely 1 in 10 respondents have had a formal health and safety assessment of home-working set-ups. Back pain, anyone?

  • We presented top-line results at last week's #MedComms webinar and if they don't provide you with food for thought, I don't know what will.

    Watch the video recording here
    Download the summary report here
    Contact Tim Hardman for more information on email

    We also presented key findings from "the 3rd annual Healthcare Communications Workforce Insight Survey" (N=941).

    Watch the video recording here
    Download the summary report here
    Contact Daniel Clifton for more information on email

    Together, I thought they provided a very positive reflection of the current MedComms business and confirmed expectations for a healthy future. However, there's also a strong message coming through about changing working practices and how employers may have to adjust some of their thinking around supporting staff at home.

    I suspect in next year's surveys, we'll see working from home and flexible working not so much as attractive benefits, but simply as expectations. What is the role of the office? Are we heading for a truly hybrid future? Will the office simply be a training and admin "hub"? If so, how well does that work, say, for newbies, and how much harder will companies have to work to develop and maintain their unique cultures?

    Or do you disagree? Do you read the results differently? How do our results compare with your own sense of how things are? What about your own in-house survey? Lockdowns are being lifted. Will you return to work as usual, or to a new normal? Please, share your thoughts.

    Certainly, some people are struggling. Steven Walker and his team at St Gilesmedical are running a free webinar on Thursday 25 June, Mental health and resilience in times of COVID-19: Lessons from history and expert discussion, which will be worth joining.

    And this article, from the Financial Times, addresses some of the concerns that people are facing as time ticks by; "Paranoia creeps into homeworking".

    Meanwhile, in tomorrow's free #MedComms webinar, Eleanor Steele, will talk about taking control of your MedComms career. 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.

    P.S. I've just been asked to pass on word about what should be a fascinating free webinar led by one of Relative Insight's healthcare experts, Alex Sotherton on 30 June, Understanding HCPs. See you there.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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