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    MedComms Networking - 28 August 2018


    First a big shout out and thanks to Sally Johnson and Katie Johnson, both from the Talent Acquisition team at Ashfield Healthcare Communications, for joining me last Thursday for another impromptu webinar for the MedComms wannabes. We heard about the overall company organisation and values, and about how their Allegro programme for new Associate Medical Writers is progressing and then enjoyed a lively question and answer session. All being well I'll run more of these over the coming weeks with more of the Sponsors of and, of course, I'll happy talk to anyone else who'd like to get involved.

    Meanwhile, we're steadily filling the space again at our next Open Careers event, which is in Manchester on 13 September. The more the merrier, so, please spread the word.

    However, the next of our unique workshops, Writing skills for medical writers: what MedComms agencies expect, in London on 31 October is now full. Fear not, we'll continue to run those regularly next year. If you know anyone who might be interested in knowing more about them, point them at our email alert and they'll know the new dates as soon as we do.

    As an aside, if anyone has any opportunities that would suit the wannabes as work experience, I'll happily pass on the message. We've just successfully helped someone that way. Just an idea, but everyone wins if we use these resources we have, more frequently.

    For more experienced support we have the MedComms Workbook service, of course, and I'll happily and freely send any relevant work opportunities that way as well. We've sent out 141 such opportunities in the past 12 months and we'd welcome any experienced freelancers on to that list. If you're thinking of making the move into freelancing do consider joining us in Oxford on 26 September at our next workshop, Making a success of freelancing in MedComms. I'll guarantee you'll find the answers to all your questions there!

    It's good to see more upcoming informal local gatherings for freelancers, remote workers and those who might want to be. If you fancy chatting over morning coffee in Elveden, Cambridgeshire on 10 September contact Jen Lewis or for chatting over dinner in Harrow on the Hill in North West London on 13 September then contact Corinne Swainger.

    And, if you've been wondering why you might want to attend a conference of the European Medical Writers Association (EMWA), they're running a free webinar on 30 August, which will explain all.

    Finally, here's a question - what do you do with all those plastic conference name badges you've collected? A friend of mine has built up quite a collection. If you've any of mine please send them back to me to recycle (you might be surprised how expensive they are!) but otherwise - any ideas?

    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
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