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    MedComms Networking - 29 August 2017


    Today I discovered a medcomms agency in the UK that I'd not come across before - Elm Medical in Stafford. There must be more I don't know of out there so if you know any please tell me and I'll add them to the directory and my maps of office locations (note: the UK map is reasonably comprehensive but the maps of the rest of the world are still somewhat sparse. All additions welcome!). I'm particularly keen to hear if you're launching your own new medcomms agency, so do ping me your press release (you were planning to announce your news weren't you?). It seems to have been a little quiet now for a while on the new start-ups front - or am I just missing them?

    As we all start looking to our business plans for 2018, are you feeling bullish about medcomms in the next year? Please let me know what more we could do here to support you.

    Last week I spent a few days travelling around the UK and meeting a number of senior agency folks. It all sounded very positive out there. The common complaint simply being how they can't recruit enough people fast enough! I don't have any magic answers for that, though our service can help and I do know our activity and the associated careers events are effective at helping more people find and the join the medcomms community. Do please help spread the word about our next careers event in Manchester on 14 September.

    And training. How do we better address basic training needs across the medcomms community to help avoid agencies constantly reinventing the wheel? should have a useful role to play there. Any thoughts?

    Last week's annual meeting of the Australasian Medical Writers Association (AMWA) sounded like a good one from the Twitter activity where they were using hashtag #AMWA2017. Did you see they launched a new Early-Career Award? They say "The Award will assist in the transition from tertiary education or other areas of employment into full-time medical writing. Individuals with less than two years' experience in medical writing are encouraged to apply." Check out the details here.

    Meanwhile two scholarships are available in memory of one of the founding fathers of the European Medical Writers Association (EMWA), Geoff Hall. The essay title for 2017 is Creative Medical Writing: An Oxymoron? The submission deadline for entries is 30 September 2017. Eligible applicants must be new medical writers: that is, they intend to enter the profession or have been employed for no longer than one year as a professional medical writer, including freelance work. They need not be current members of EMWA. Check out the details here.

    I'm sure there's much more we can all do to encourage people to join medcomms and to support their development within the business. Do share your thoughts

    And here's another reminder that we all need proof-readers. Don't let them disappear! I know I need them.

    Enjoy your weeek!


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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