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    MedComms Forum
    Better Homeworking in MedComms

    To round off a crazy year, we ran a final end of year #MedComms educational forum with Christmas quiz, mince pies and networking. We ran it as a Zoom meeting.

    The programme for this meeting was organised by Tim Hardman of Niche Science and Technology and Steven Walker of St Gilesmedical London and Berlin.

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    The ongoing pandemic and move to homeworking has been a challenge for companies and staff. The recent MedComms survey of 758 respondents (presented 17 June 2020) suggested that while many employees welcomed the change, others struggled with isolation, lack of support and strained finances.


    14:00-14:50 During the first half of our educational forum we explored the contradictions of home working and seek the experiences of a range of stakeholders.

  • Peter Llewellyn (NetworkPharma) and Steven Walker (St Gilesmedical) - Introduction
  • Tim Hardman (Niche Science and Technology): Results of the MedComms survey - findings, contradictions and questions
  • Rob Davies (Havas SO) - Am I surprised with the results?

  • Rebecca Douglas (Ashfield) - Training from home: evolving the story

  • Susie Marriott and May Vaja - Recruiting and joining remotely: The Prime Global experience

    Break for 10 minutes

    15:00-15:50 The second part of our programme looks at how we can improve homeworking. Issues addressed include room ergonomics, health and safety, good mental health, finances, human resources and contracts, mutual support, maintaining company ethos and socialising on line.

  • Karina Rudzinska (Lucid) - Employee wellbeing in the times of a global pandemic: through the lens of a Human Resources professional

  • Dr Christine Oesterling (GP Principal) - Working from home and mental health

  • Christian Hambly (FreelanceGeek) - Working from home or living at work? A Geek's guide to thriving rather than just surviving

  • Iain Smith (Network for Skills) - Why I've had enough with this working from home rubbish

  • Steven Walker (St Gilesmedical) - Discussion. Do we need a 'Homeworking Charter'?

    Break for 10 minutes

    The afternoon ended with a Christmas quiz and prizes, plus networking breakout rooms to chat and socialise.

    To make sure you're included in announcements about future events just email Peter Llewellyn, if you haven't already done so, to register your interest.


    This meeting was arranged with support from Niche Science and Technology and St Gilesmedical London and Berlin

    Niche Science and Technology

    St Gilesmedical London and Berlin

    Useful background information

    COVID-19: Challenges of home-working, a survey to inform working practice in MedComms

    Video presentation from 17 June 2020

    Download the summary report

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