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MedComms Networking - 26 November 2019
I'm still obsessing about impending changes to IR35 tax rules in the UK that relate to how companies work with their contractors. Sorry. And still looking for client types who'll openly discuss their preparations with me. Anyone?
Yesterday HMRC released their long-awaited updated Check for Employment Status for Tax (CEST) service, used to find out whether a contractor should be classed as employed or self-employed for tax purposes. They said their previous version was only 85 percent accurate. How will this one fare?
I'd love to hear any thoughts. In confidence, as needed. April's not far away.
Meanwhile, the current series of 10 free, weekly, MedComms webinars is nearing its end. Now I simply have to arrange the next series! We'll start again on 29 January. Volunteers welcomed.
Tomorrow, Jenny Plant (Owner, Account Management Skills) will talk about how agency account managers can add value to their client's business. Please join us.
And next week for the 'grande finale', we'll meet the Publishers. Specifically, Caroline Halford (Springer Healthcare), Hamish McDougall (SAGE Publishing), Jonathan Patience (Taylor and Francis) and Joanne Walker (Future Science Group). That should be fun.
Please, help spread the word. Everyone's welcome. I love that any number of people can turn up, from anywhere. I don't worry about how big the room is, how many curly sandwiches were ordered, whether we're catering for various dietary needs appropriately, if the car parking is sufficient... and much more.
Just join us online for an hour. Then get back to work.
Gather your colleagues together. Share some cake. Use the opportunity to spark discussion within your own teams about how what you hear might be put to practical use in your own work.
If you do miss it, the recordings are all freely available. If you prefer your Lunch and Learn on a Friday - do it then.
Last week we had an excellent presentation from Lauri Arnstein of Envision Pharma Group, about patient involvement in medicines development, focusing on results reporting and publications and, importantly, patient authorship. Take a look now. You'll like it. Maybe a lot. If not, tell me how we can do better.
So, to finish with a couple of news snippets.
The guys at the International Society for Medical Publication Professional (ISMPP) asked me to highlight their upcoming 2020 European Meeting, 21-22 January 2020, in London. [More details here]
Yesterday, Medical Publishing Insights and Practices (MPIP) announced the next video in their Insights for Authors series: 'How to Select the Right Journal.'
Most importantly, we've now posted the programme for our end-of-year meeting in London on 10 December, hosted by Stgilesmedical. Involving patients in research and medical writing features some impressive speakers and is already gathering a crowd. After last year's packed house we've moved into the church next door, so we've plenty of room. Please, everyone, join us.
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