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    MedComms Networking - 25 February 2020


    The weekly #MedComms webinars are going well. At least, I think so! Lots of people engaging in discussions about relevant, useful, topics. All without me - or anyone else - moving from the comfort of our desks. All feedback welcome.

    Last week's was a case in point. Useful discussion about improving training and nurturing expertise in medical writing, and an opportunity to hear about new initiatives, like Lucid's Scientific Centre of Excellence. If you missed it, watch the video here. Do join them, if you can, next week for their live show in Macclesfield!

    By the way, Eleanor Steele is still running her survey into current training practices across the industry. Share your opinions, then sign up for our free results webinar on 18 March!

    Tomorrow, we'll discuss Strategic thinking for account managers in medical communications. Jenny Plant and Ceylan Boyce have both run global healthcare communications agencies and will share lots of relevant experience.

    Then, over the next couple of weeks, we'll aim more at the wannabes. Please encourage any you know to join us. We'll be joined by representatives from Wave Healthcare Communications next week, and from Ogilvy Health the week after. We'll talk about their companies, what MedComms means to them and their day-to-day working lives. Everyone welcome.

    Catch up any time, with any you miss, by watching the videos at or on our MedComms YouTube channel.

    Meanwhile, I'm hoping you'll all be interested in this; What's the state of #IR35 readiness amongst #MedComms freelancers in the UK?

    I ran a little #IR35 survey last week and collected 99 responses from specialist UK-based #MedComms Freelancers who subscribe to the MedComms Workbook.

    And the results are presented here.

    It seems, to me at least, that some of their expectations are at odds with what many client companies are planning. What are the consequences going to be for MedComms? There's been very little public discussion.

    It's worrying how little communication between clients and freelancers is being reported. We're 6 weeks away from the likely implementation of the changes. Some of the freelancers are getting quite nervous, understandably.

    If nothing else, it provides some more fascinating food for thought in these interesting times as we await news in the UK of IR35 tax changes which are, surely, going to impact our working practices.

    I hope the data will at least contribute to a greater level of consideration and discussion by all parties involved. Time is running out.

    What do you think? Please comment and share.

    Finally, I appreciate that I've been somewhat distracted by the whole IR35 question in the UK, and how it will affect the #medcomms community. It's easy to forget that similar moves are afoot elsewhere too. Have you seen this Statement on Legislation Affecting Freelancers from The Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) in the USA?

    Interesting times...

    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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