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    Every Tuesday we send out the MedComms Networking email newsletter to subscribers. It includes brief commentary on what we're doing and planning, and highlights relevant news to encourage sharing of information, experiences and ideas and to stimulate discussion. The text and links included below, by definition, were accurate on the day of publication, but may then become outdated.


    MedComms Networking - 24 September 2019

    Hi

    At the risk of being rather UK-centric here, I ran an interesting online meeting yesterday for freelance subscribers to the MedComms Workbook. We were joined by representatives from IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed in the UK.

    More hoops to jump through. More regulation and paperwork. Less financial incentive. Lots more competition. Life as a freelancer may be getting less attractive. More so, perhaps, now that many MedComms employers loudly promote benefits packages with significant levels of flexibility and empowerment, without the insecurity. There are still benefits to freelance life for some, but it's important to travel with eyes wide open. Freelancers should remember they run a small business, and that has consequences.

    In my experience, MedComms freelancers generally aren't enthusiastic about spending even modest amounts of money but IPSE provides useful business support for not a lot of money - at least in my opinion. See their membership details here.

    The impending IR35 tax rule changes here in the UK, assuming they're implemented next April, will surely have implications for both freelancers and those who commission and pay them. Indeed, I think we're already seeing effects as some companies move to protect themselves.

    But that has consequences.

    I'd love to hear from any commissioners of freelance services about how they might change their working practices. Give me a shout.

    IPSE ran a useful webinar last week and the free recording was released today. If you're wondering about possible impacts on how you do business, you might like to listen in.

    I think many MedComms freelancers will mostly work on projects that fall outside of IR35, however the end client determines that. They may well tighten up significantly on how they work with freelancers/contractors. How many will simply take a view that it's easier to bring everything inside? Which is what I understand happened in the NHS a couple of years ago when the rules were introduced to the public sector.

    But that has consequences.

    Meanwhile - some news items you may have missed last week.

    * The Healthcare Communications Association (HCA) published their updated Pitching Code of Conduct, Providing a best practice template to support clients and agencies in navigating the ever-changing pitch process

    * The Patient Information Forum (PIF) is to pilot a new quality mark to help people identify trustworthy, high-quality health information

    And the results are in: Data on Synergy Vision's 4-day workweek. If you'd like to find out more about The 4 day MedComms working week in practice, join us next week for the first of our new series of free MedComms Webinars, on Wednesday 2 October at 12.00 UK time. Ffyona Dawber (CEO and Founder), Jill Daws (Client Services Director) and Billy Jenkins (Senior Scientific Editor) at Synergy Vision will talk about the challenges and the practical lessons they have learned. Everyone welcome.

    Remember, details of all our activities are kept bang up-to-date at www.MedCommsNetworking.com or give me a shout at any time if you've any questions, comments or suggestions.

    Cheers

    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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