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    MedComms Networking - 28 January 2020


    I admit I'm mildly excited. This afternoon I'll take delivery of a modest number of printed copies of the new, 3rd, edition of our annual careers guide, The business of medical communications: a guide to getting started in account management. I'm 'old school' (maybe older than I look?) and still relish the smell of freshly printed publications.

    Smelling new pages on computer screens doesn't quite do it for me. But I'd still argue I've a digital mindset (for an old bloke). But what's that mean? Join us tomorrow for the first of another series of weekly #MedComms webinars. In Nurturing a digital, multichannel, mindset in MedComms, with Tim Sparke and Faisal Ahmed. Everyone's welcome. There's no limit. Ah, the joy of digital platforms!

    I've nearly but not quite booked all 10 webinar dates up to 1 April. Just two to fill, in March. Anyone interested in volunteering to join me? It's easy. It's fun. It's useful.

    We'll then take a break and start again in May.

    Meanwhile... a good time was had by all at last week's 2020 European Meeting of The International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP) where a dominant theme was involving patients in publications and one of the key note speakers, David McCandless, wowed everyone with his thoughts on visualisation of data. Summary reports will come soon, I'm sure, but meanwhile find out more by browsing Twitter, using hashtag #ISMPPEU20.

    A good time was also had, by all accounts, by the many who attended Friday's PM Society awards in London. The full results are now online and you can find reports, for instance, at pharmaphorum in Havas Lynx and VCCP lead the 2020 PM Society Awards. I'll make special mention of one of our Sponsors, Envision Pharma, who've just alerted me to their press release, detailing their own success in Envision Pharma Group kick off 2020 by scooping a triple win at the PM Society Awards.

    Do send me your press releases. I welcome all your #MedComms news.

    Here's a couple of this week's news snippets for freelancers and those who commission them in the UK. Forgive me being UK-centric, but I think these tax changes are going to impact on our MedComms business community, and the consequences will likely reach beyond our shores. Draft secondary legislation: off-payroll working rules from April 2020 and here's another, IR35: The End Of Freelancing As We Know It?.

    Your thoughts?

    I'm still keen to find UK-based #MedComms client types who will talk openly about their IR35 preparations and plans. Will it affect your working practices and business models? If so, how? If not, why not?

    Finally, to paraphrase Blair Hesp, Managing Director at Kainic Medical Communications, is it time to address the environmental elephant in the #medcomms room? Join the #greenMedComms discussion and, of course, our webinar on 1 April!

    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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