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  • RELATED EVENTS

    ISMPP West 2021, Irvine, California, USA, 21-22 October 2021

    AMWA's 2021 Medical Writing and Communication Conference, Virtual, 27-30 October 2021

    The 14th Annual European CME Forum, Virtual, 3-5 November 2021

    52nd EMWA Conference, Cascais, Portugal, 4-6 November 2021

    2022 European Meeting of ISMPP, London, UK, 25-26 January 2022

    18th Annual Meeting of ISMPP, Washington, DC, USA, 8-11 May 2022


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    FORTHCOMING EVENTS - [previous events are below]

    WEEKLY #MEDCOMMS WEBINAR
    Involving the patient from protocol to publication in real-world evidence studies
    Venue: Global
    Date: 12.00 midday UK time, 22 September 2021
    [PROGRAMME AND REGISTRATION DETAILS]

    FIRSTMEDCOMMS WORKSHOP
    Prepare for success
    Venue: Global
    Date: 10.00-12.00 UK time, 27 September 2021
    [PROGRAMME AND REGISTRATION DETAILS]

    WEEKLY #MEDCOMMS WEBINAR
    Results of a working practice survey: Assessing the impact of COVID-19 on current and future patterns
    Venue: Global
    Date: 12.00 midday UK time, 29 September 2021
    [PROGRAMME AND REGISTRATION DETAILS]

    WEEKLY #MEDCOMMS WEBINAR
    FirstMedCommsJob: Working in regulatory medical writing
    Venue: Global
    Date: 12.00 midday UK time, 06 October 2021
    [PROGRAMME AND REGISTRATION DETAILS]

    WEEKLY #MEDCOMMS WEBINAR
    The digital payer - fact or fiction?
    Venue: Global
    Date: 12.00 midday UK time, 13 October 2021
    [PROGRAMME AND REGISTRATION DETAILS]

    WEEKLY #MEDCOMMS WEBINAR
    SAVE THE DATE! More details coming soon...
    Venue: Global
    Date: 12.00 midday UK time, 20 October 2021
    For more information, please contact Peter Llewellyn]

    WEEKLY #MEDCOMMS WEBINAR
    SAVE THE DATE! More details coming soon...
    Venue: Global
    Date: 12.00 midday UK time, 27 October 2021
    For more information, please contact Peter Llewellyn]

    WEEKLY #MEDCOMMS WEBINAR
    SAVE THE DATE! More details coming soon...
    Venue: Global
    Date: 12.00 midday UK time, 03 November 2021
    For more information, please contact Peter Llewellyn]

    WEEKLY #MEDCOMMS WEBINAR
    SAVE THE DATE! More details coming soon...
    Venue: Global
    Date: 12.00 midday UK time, 10 November 2021
    For more information, please contact Peter Llewellyn]

    WEEKLY #MEDCOMMS WEBINAR
    FirstMedCommsJob: Working as a medical publications professional
    Venue: Global
    Date: 12.00 midday UK time, 17 November 2021
    [PROGRAMME AND REGISTRATION DETAILS]

    WEEKLY #MEDCOMMS WEBINAR
    SAVE THE DATE! More details coming soon...
    Venue: Global
    Date: 12.00 midday UK time, 24 November 2021
    For more information, please contact Peter Llewellyn]

    WEEKLY #MEDCOMMS WEBINAR
    SAVE THE DATE! More details coming soon...
    Venue: Global
    Date: 12.00 midday UK time, 01 December 2021
    For more information, please contact Peter Llewellyn]

    WEEKLY #MEDCOMMS WEBINAR
    Meet the Medical Publishers
    Venue: Global
    Date: 12.00 midday UK time, 08 December 2021
    [PROGRAMME AND REGISTRATION DETAILS]

    #MEDCOMMS FORUM
    SAVE THE DATE! We're planning another extended webinar session to end the current series. More details coming soon...
    Venue: Global
    Date: 12.00 midday - 14.30 UK time, 15 December 2021
    For more information, please contact Peter Llewellyn]

    CHRISTMAS BREAK!

    Bear with us while we recover from the non-stop weekly routine of #MedComms webinars. We'll take a break here for Christmas and return in January. To catch up on the recordings, please visit NetworkPharma.tv

    [If you have any questions about future activities, or suggestions for future topics and speakers, please contact Peter Llewellyn]


    PREVIOUS EVENTS... PREVIOUS EVENTS...

    15 September 2021 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    allegro.WRITE and allegro.EXCEL: accelerated training for Associate and Senior Medical Writers

    In this webinar we explore how the team at Ashfield Health are now offering accelerated programmes for both entry-level and Senior Medical Writers. We're joined by Katie Buxton (Senior Medical Writer), Andrea Cole (Business Unit Head, Ashfield MedComms), Rebecca Douglas (allegro. Programme Director) and Neil Marmont (Vice President, allegro.). And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    21 July 2021 - MedComms Forum
    Looking Forward, What you Should Know about Veeva and the Vault Platform

    This is one of three sessions from the MedComms Forum that was held on 21 July 2021, "Veeva for MedComms agencies - a deep dive".

    In this session, Jon Fisher (Senior Program Manager, Veeva Systems) gives an overview of things you should know that are coming to the Vault Platform and how customer's use of Vault is evolving. Topics covered include Vault as a Digital Asset Management solution, the introduction and use of Modular Content, and user interface changes coming this summer.

    And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    21 July 2021 - MedComms Forum
    Interactive Content for MedComms

    This is one of three sessions from the MedComms Forum that was held on 21 July 2021, "Veeva for MedComms agencies - a deep dive".

    In this session James Harper (Managing Director, twentyeightb) explores the concept of functional content, its value to medical field teams and how careful content creation can deliver key insights through the use of analytics. James also demonstrates relevant examples of Veeva functional content developed for field medical teams.

    And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    21 July 2021 - MedComms Forum
    Content Landscape and the Vault Platform (PromoMats and MedComms)

    This is one of three sessions from the MedComms Forum that was held on 21 July 2021, "Veeva for MedComms agencies - a deep dive".

    In this session, Jon Fisher (Senior Program Manager, Veeva Systems) starts by setting the stage of content today using real world data from Veeva and their customers and the partner landscape. He then reviews the Vault landscape focusing on the PromoMats and MedComms platforms and how and why they are used and how you and your teams can be supported and trained.

    The second half of the session is a panel discussion to discuss the use of the Vault platform in practice in MedComms, common questions, and what to know. The panel of specialists is Amy Doyle (Medical Writer II, Langland), Jill Kaige (Managing Director, JK MedComms Assistance) and Graham Schulz (Editorial Services Manager, Fishawack Health)

    And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    14 July 2021 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    A holistic approach to managing pressure in MedComms

    In this webinar, Paul Hutchings (founder of fox&cat), and two key members of his network of independent specialist consultants, Kathy Chillistone (Independent HR Consultant) and Paul Phillips (Consultant and Trainer), highlight the difference between helpful and unhelpful types of pressure. They provide their perspective on how a deeper understanding of pressure can help us better manage the "mental health" of our medcomms businesses. Then, through a panel discussion, we consider how pressure can be harnessed to improve our service, steer training requirements, provide perspective for leadership discussions and help manage cultural wellbeing. And we answer questions from the audience. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    07 July 2021 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    FirstMedCommsJob: combining writing and project management - the hybrid role in MedComms

    In this webinar, we hear from representatives from the Helios Global Group who talk about their agencies and the hybrid roles they offer; these roles provide experience in both the project management and medical writing aspects of medical communications. You'll learn about what they look for in an entry-level candidate, how bespoke training can help you shape your own career path, and what the career prospects are across the group. Members of the panel are David Harvey (Scientific Project Services Director), Victoria Heneage (Associate Scientific Project Lead), Sarah El-Sheikh (Scientific Lead) and Natalie Wood (Scientific Project Leader). And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    01 July 2021 - EXTRA MedComms Webinar
    FirstMedCommsJob: McCann Health Medical Communications sharing the experiences of their first FuEL participants

    Back in November 2020, McCann Health Medical Communications launched Future Experts and Leaders aka FuEL, their launchpad for successful careers in medical communications. 7 months later we hear how their first FuEL cohort are settling in, how they've benefited from FuEL's training and community elements and the advice they have for those thinking of moving into medcomms roles. Daniel Cicognani (HR Business Partner) will be joined by current FuEL participants: Trang Au (Associate Medical Writer), Abbie Daniels (Associate Account Executive), Sam Depetrillo (Associate Regulatory Writer) and Nicholas Strange (Associate Editor). And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    30 June 2021 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    Learning, Growing and Climbing Ladders in MedComms with Lucid Group

    In this webinar we hear from Julieann Tate (Head of Learning, Talent and Development), James Hadfield (Strategy Director) and Sally Cordon-Painter (Associate Scientific Services Director) about how growth has been, and continues to be, at the heart of Lucid life. The organisation's exponential growth has only been possible by ensuring one constant: the development of its people. Each of us across the MedComms industry has likely had first hand experience of how difficult it can be to carve out time to prioritise development for ourselves and for our teams. Join us for a discussion exploring some of the strategic initiatives that have led to ensuring Lucid continues to grow from strength to strength. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    23 June 2021 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    Virtual Strategies to Successfully Engage KOLs

    In this webinar we are joined by Sarah Diffen (Senior Director, Client Success) and Alex Monaghan (Senior Business Partnerships) of Within3 and Michelle Marchione (Associate Director, Oncology Patient Affairs) at AstraZeneca to focus on virtual engagement strategies for medical affairs teams to maximize their engagement with physicians, patients, and other care team members. The discussion reviews virtual engagement strategies in an asynchronous, overtime setting, and offer ideas and recommendations to apply to future activities. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    16 June 2021 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    4th annual Healthcare Communications Workforce Insight Survey

    In this webinar, Daniel Clifton (CEO, Paramount Recruitment) and Mike Ellingham (Marketing Consultant) review key findings from the "4th annual Healthcare Communications Workforce Insight Survey", which was conducted in May 2021.

    It covers topics such as:

    * Average salaries for each main healthcare communications role in the UK
    * Salary breakdowns by gender and region
    * Benefits received by employees
    * Expected pay rises
    * What attracts candidates to roles
    * What employers are looking for from candidates
    * Future demands for skills.

    And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    09 June 2021 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    An exciting outlook for Medical Communications globally

    The MedComms sector is thriving. If anything the COVID-19 pandemic has shone a bright spotlight on the need for accurate, timely scientific exchange and how MedComms specialists can play a pivotal role in facilitating that activity. In this webinar we are joined by representatives from McCann Health Medical Communications. Charlie Buckwell (Global President), Faye Daley (HR Coordinator and Lead for their Mental Health First Aiders programme), Folabomi (Bomi) Oladosu (Medical Writer and Member of their D&I Council) and Michael Stevinson (Global Head of Caudex) will reflect on the journey that MedComms has taken to where we are today and discuss current priorities and ponder future opportunities. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    02 June 2021 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    Making the leap from agency-side to client-side in MedComms

    In this webinar we are joined by a panel of experienced MedComms specialists who have worked in MedComms agencies and then moved on to work in Pharma. We hear about what life is like on the client side and what they wished they had known when working in the agencies, and we reflect on how clients and agencies can work best together. We're joined on the panel by Ash Dunne (Associate Director Global Medical Communication, Merck KGaA), Lucy Hyatt (Director, Medical Affairs, Regional Scientific Content, MSD International) and Emma Leah (Global Medical Publications and Communications Manager, Ipsen). And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    26 May 2021 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    Extending the reach of medical publications: working on digital enhancements in practice

    In this webinar we are joined by medical writer and publications planner, Patricia Fonseca, who reviews results from her survey, "Survey on Digital Enhancements for Medical Publications Professionals". Together with freelance specialists Sarah Feeny and Kelly Schrank, we reflect on real life experiences working on features such as infographics, plain language summaries, video/audio abstracts and more to extend the reach of publications. We discuss the challenges of developing appropriate messages and formats, seeking the necessary approvals and tracking the success or otherwise of the activities. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    19 May 2021 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    Is there a doctor in the house? The value of a medical degree for a career in MedComms

    In this webinar we are joined by Beth Wynne-Evans, Natasha Daoud and Jessica Salev who have all qualified in clinical medicine and then transitioned into careers in MedComms, and now form The Porterhouse Medical Advisory Group (MAG). Some people are surprised not to find more medics working directly in medical communications. We'll learn how this specialist group believes they offer first-hand clinical experience to colleagues and clients, adding value as they can provide insight into what resonates with fellow health care professionals (HCPs) and patients, to leave a lasting impact on prospective prescribers. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    12 May 2021 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    From clinician to payer. Making the transition from medical writing to value communications

    Communicating the value of therapies to budget holders means supplementing traditional clinical data and mode of action with evidence on the economic value of therapies. But what do payers really care about? (hint: it's not just costs). And what skills do good value communications writers need? And how can you get them? In this webinar we'll find out what sort of projects payer value communications encompasses, and what training agencies should provide for medical writers to support a transition to value communications projects. On the panel, we're joined by Nick Leach (Founder) and Andria Pelava (Medical Writer) at redthread | market access. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    05 May 2021 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    Shaping your future at Oxford PharmaGenesis

    In this webinar we hear some experienced MedComms specialists from Oxford PharmaGenesis talking about how entrepreneurialism is embraced as part of the company culture to enable colleagues to shape their own futures and that of the company. We're joined on the panel by Martin Callaghan (Director of Innovation), Kate Haynes (Communications Director) and Karen Robinson (Client Services Director) who will talk to you about their personal stories and how they are shaping new and innovative areas of the business. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    28 April 2021 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    Making it my own business: a guide to being a freelance writer in MedComms

    In this webinar we're joined by Kathryn White, author of our annual guide, "Making it my own business: a guide to being a freelance writer in MedComms". The updated edition has been published in mid-April 2021. Kathryn is joined on the panel by Steph Carter, Lucy Clements and Jennie Pollard, all freelance medical writers who contributed to the updated guide. We talk about how MedComms is an area that offers experienced medical writers the opportunity to 'go it alone', with plenty of variety in terms of the type of projects and therapeutic areas. However, working as a freelancer means running a business. It's not enough to simply be a good writer. You'll also be responsible for sales, marketing, IT support, training, finance and more. And these are particularly challenging times. So, how's it been, working as a freelancer this past year? And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    21 April 2021 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    Extending the reach of medical publications: Lessons learnt from real life case histories

    Once again we've convened our regular panel of publishing experts for this webinar, which reviews the role of digital enhancements to amplify and extend accessibility and reach of peer-reviewed medical and scientific publications. This is a valuable opportunity to hear directly from the publishers about some real life case studies that demonstrate the opportunities offered by videos, podcasts, PLS, infographics, microsites and more. On our panel we have Caroline Halford (Digital Publishing Manager at Springer Healthcare), Hamish McDougall (Publishing Solutions Manager, SAGE Publishing), Kelly Soldavin (Editor of Current Medical Research and Opinion at Taylor and Francis) and Joanne Walker (Head of Publishing Solutions, Future Science Group). And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    14 April 2021 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    User Experience (UX): The Missing Link in MedComms?

    User Experience (UX) is often neglected by Medical Communications agencies, where powerful creative ideas and persuasive, evidence-based medical writing are the priority elements of any campaign. In this webinar Dan Buckland and Tom Evans, specialists from Brandcast Health, will give you an introduction to the UX discipline, how it should be integrated into a project process, what value it can add, and how working with a UX consultant can bridge the gap between strategy, content and design. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    07 April 2021 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    Extending the reach of medical publications: What's to discuss?

    In this webinar we are joined by Jon Lynne-Davies (TrendMD) and an expert panel of industry publications specialists to discuss the role of publication extender technologies and solutions. Our panel includes Ana Bozas (Director, Global Medical Communications, Akcea Therapeutics) and Jamie Weiss (Head of Global Publications, LEO Pharma). We explore many different ways to ensure the science is seen/read and understood by the intended audience and ask; what are the challenges in doing so? What has been successful? How was success measured? And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    31 March 2021 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    FirstMedCommsJob: In conversation with the medical writers

    In this webinar, we're joined by Cassidy Fiford (Medical Writer, Oxford PharmaGenesis) and Danny Hawker (Senior Medical Writer, Ashfield MedComms) to talk about their own journeys into MedComms and their current roles, the day-to-day working life of medical writers, training opportunities and career prospects. Both panellists have been profiled in the new issue of our annual FirstMedCommsJob careers guide, "From academic to medical writer: a guide to getting started in medical communications", published in March 2021. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    30 March 2021 - Extra MedComms Webinar
    MedComms specialists, are you sitting comfortably? Are you working effectively and safely at home?

    Last Summer's comprehensive survey of the medical communications community was published in the March 2021 issue of EMWA's journal, Medical Writing. "Challenges of working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic: A survey to inform working practices" was authored by Tim Hardman, Peter Llewellyn and Steven Walker. It highlighted the need for suitable home working work spaces, yet only a minority of respondents had undergone a home working assessment. More recently, the 6th annual MedComms Barometer survey in January 2021 reinforced those same findings. This shines a severe spotlight on our working spaces. Our chairs. Our desks. Our working environment. At home, some are working on their bed. Or clustered around the kitchen table alongside their kids.

    In this webinar we are joined by Tim Hardman, and we'll talk about best practices and optimising working spaces with Ergonomics Specialist, James Crow who has recently helped a MedComms agency assess and support their staff. What can we do individually to improve our own productivity and avoid painful consequences? And what should employers be doing to support their staff to work effectively and safely at home? And we answer questions from the audience.

    Refs

    Challenges of working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic: A survey to inform working practices
    Published March 2021 in EMWA's journal Medical Writing See https://journal.emwa.org/social-media/challenges-of-working-from-home-during-the-covid-19-pandemic-a-survey-to-inform-working-practices/

    MedComms Networking Barometer 2021 (with a COVID twist)
    See https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-8CYMC8P57/

    Home working charter for medical communications
    See https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/draft-homeworking-charter-tim-hardman/
    [View the recorded event here.]


    24 March 2021 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    Insights into medical communications during the COVID pandemic: The independent agency perspective

    In this webinar we are joined by Su Allen (Scientific Adviser), Amber Fensome (Managing Director), Lindsey Pritchard (Account Director) and Lisa White (Senior Account Director), all of Highfield. They share a few considerations and insightful cases based on their ethos at Highfield. First there was Brexit now there is COVID-19. With a nimble approach to driving insightful and experience-led communications, Highfield believe they have been well-placed to navigate these challenges and build a robust working model with exciting programmes. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    17 March 2021 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    Take the next STEPS: training the Fishawack way

    Fishawack Health's Supporting Training and Enhancing Professional Skills (STEPS) initiative provides their employees with bespoke and targeted training and coaching throughout their professional careers. Focusing on the journey of medical writers today, Robert Bloxham (Medical Writer), Susan Brackenridge (Scientific Services Training Director), Anne Errichelli (Senior Medical Writer) and Diane Sutherland (Group Professional Development Director) will introduce the different elements and approaches of the medical writer programme, talking about the 'how' and the 'why', and we'll also hear from the trainee perspective! And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    10 March 2021 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    Value Communication in Pharma: What medical communications professionals need to know

    Is the industry prepared to address the increasing growth in HEOR, Market Access and Value Communications? What are the job prospects and training needs? And, what should agencies, industry and freelancers do to drive this new industry segment forward? In this webinar we're joined by Patti Peeples, Founder and CEO of HealthEconomics.Com who describes the interim results of the 2nd global Value Communication Survey. The longitudinal benchmarking survey identifies challenges and opportunities for everyone working with HEOR, RWE and Market Access data. Results may be used to address training needs of the community and identify ways to improve the delivery of effective value communication. Patti is joined for the panel discussion by Tom Drake, Director and Founder of Global Outcomes Group and also Robert Matheis, President and Chief Executive Officer, International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP). And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    03 March 2021 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    Getting MedComms right: navigating the age of the amateur expert

    In this webinar we are joined by senior representatives from Langland. Annette Keith (Head of Editorial), Drew Owen (Chief Scientific Officer) and Diane Ross (Head of Scientific Strategy) look into the pitfalls of healthcare communication and how medcomms agencies can help the pharmaceutical companies avoid them. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    24 February 2021 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    The 2021 ABPI Code of Practice - what's new for MedComms?

    In early 2021, the new ABPI Code of Practice was published and the terms are enforceable from 1 July. Jayne Packham (Jayne Packham Consultancy) takes us through the key changes and how they will impact the MedComms community. Jayne has worked with the Code for over 30 years, training both pharmaceutical companies and agencies, so she has considerable expertise that she will share with us. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    17 February 2021 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    The Healthcare Communications Association (HCA) - looking ahead

    The Healthcare Communications Association (HCA) is a not-for-profit organisation with membership comprising in-house teams, agencies, charities and individuals working in national and global healthcare communications across diverse business sectors. In this webinar we are joined by the HCA's Chairperson, Alice Choi, and their CEO, Mike Dixon, to discuss the role of the HCA in supporting those of us working in healthcare communications and to share their thoughts on the challenges we all face in the coming year during these disrupted times. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    10 February 2021 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    FirstMedCommsJob: Working in medical writing at Bioscript

    In this webinar, we hear from representatives from Bioscript who will talk about their company, and the different roles within their MedComms and Regulatory writing teams. On the panel we have Judy Brownsword (Customer Strategy Director), Rye Strutt (Regulatory Writer), Will Wilson (Account Executive) and Ciaran Wright (Scientific Director). You'll learn about what they look for in entry-level staff, what training is provided and what are the career prospects across the group. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    03 February 2021 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    What is the bright new future for MedComms?

    In this webinar we reflect on the disrupted year we've just had, and talk about what's coming. We're joined by four senior MedComms leaders, Alice Choi (COO, McCann Health Medical Communications), Dennis O'Brien (CEO, Lucid Group), Jane Smith (Director, AMICULUM) and Chris Winchester (CEO, Oxford PharmaGenesis). Many in MedComms benefited from working flexibly before the pandemic, but everyone working from home takes some adapting. How's it affected working practices, recruitment, training, company culture and more? Many argue that MedComms specialists were already responding to rapidly increasing demands from clients and audiences alike for more digital deliverables. But everyone recognises the dramatic acceleration we've seen in the past year as, for instance, events went virtual more or less overnight. We'll discuss how bright the future is for MedComms. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    27 January 2021 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    FirstMedCommsJob: In conversation with the account managers

    In this webinar, we're joined by account management staff from different agencies to talk about their own journeys into MedComms and their current roles, the day-to-day working life of account managers, training opportunities and career prospects. The panellists are Melissa Kelly (Senior Account Executive at Envision Pharma Group), Tessa Rowland (Senior Account Executive at Lucid Group) and Matthew Smith-Andrews (Senior Account Manager at Ashfield Health). They have all been profiled in the new issue of our annual careers guide, "The business of medical communications: a guide to getting started in account management", which was published in January 2021. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    20 January 2021 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    Medical Society Conferences: What we learnt in 2020, what might happen in 2021

    Len Starnes, Digital Healthcare Consultant, is an expert commentator on how medical societies have - or have not - integrated digital approaches into their events. And how the pharmaceutical and medtech industries engage with those events. COVID-19 caused massive disruption and, out of necessity, a significant acceleration of progress towards more digital formats for events of all types. In this webinar, we reflect on what we've learnt so far and what are the Medical Societies planning for the coming year? And what it might mean for MedComms specialists. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    16 December 2020 - MedComms Forum
    Better Homeworking in MedComms

    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. During the first half of our educational forum we explore the contradictions of homeworking and seek the experiences of a range of stakeholders. 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. The programme was organised by Tim Hardman (Niche Science and Technology) and Steven Walker (St Gilesmedical London and Berlin). Our presenters were Rebecca Douglas (Ashfield), Rob Davies (Havas SO), Christian Hambly (FreelanceGeek), Susie Marriott (Prime Global), Dr Christine Oesterling MD MRCGP, Karina Rudzinska (Lucid), Iain Smith (Network for Skills) and May Vaja (Prime Global).
    [View full details of the programme and all the recordings here.]


    09 December 2020 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    Meet the Medical Publishers

    This is a valuable opportunity to hear directly from the publishers about their journals, their unique working practices and their plans for the coming year. A lively panel discusses current developments and future trends in publishing. On our panel we have Caroline Halford (Digital Publishing Manager at Springer Healthcare), Hamish McDougall (Business Development Manager, SAGE Publishing), Jonathan Patience (Commissioning Team Manager, Taylor and Francis) and Joanne Walker (Managing Director PharmaPlatforms, part of Future Science Group). And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    02 December 2020 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    Working as a medical publications professional

    In this webinar, we're joined by John Gonzalez, the author of our new FirstMedCommsJob careers guide "Ensuring timely dissemination of research: A guide to working as a medical publications professional", published in October 2020. The expert panel also includes Kat Ayling-Rouse (Scientific Director), Roz Bonomally (Senior Medical Writer) and Andrea Cifelli (Global Lead) from Envision Pharma Group. We talk about the roles involved in the publications management team and discuss the ethical and regulatory environment within which medical publications professionals work. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    25 November 2020 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    FirstMedCommsJob: Working in MedComms at Syneos Health Communications

    In this webinar, we're joined by Amanda Smith, Alex da Costa, Rebecca Thomas, Eoin Duffy and Grace Parkinson of Syneos Health Communications. They share their insights about the company, its philosophy, how MedComms fits into the wider Syneos offering, and the different roles they play within their teams. You'll learn about what they look for in new staff, what training is provided and what the career prospects are across the company. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    19 November 2020 - Extra MedComms Webinar
    FirstMedCommsJob: Launching your medcomms career with McCann Health Medical Communications and FUEL

    In this webinar we hear about FUEL. Join members of McCann Health Medical Communications (Cannes Lions 2019 Healthcare Network of the Year) to learn how you can give your career a flying start. It's where they launch the careers of their future experts and leaders and where you get the turbocharged support to grow your knowledge and skills across a range of client services, editorial and writing roles. Are you ready to fly? Daniel Cicognani (HR Business Partner), Phillip Hall (Recruitment Manager), Hannah Logan (Senior Medical Writer) and Ruth Hadley (Head of Client Services) will share details of how those looking to launch a successful career in medical communications will benefit. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    18 November 2020 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    2021 ABPI Code of Practice - what are the proposed key changes for MedComms?

    2021 will see a new ABPI Code of Practice come into force. Although it is still in draft, Jayne Packham (Jayne Packham Consultancy) will take us through the key changes that are being proposed and how they will impact the MedComms community. Jayne has worked with the Code for over 30 years, training both pharmaceutical companies and agencies, so she has considerable expertise that she will share with us. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    11 November 2020 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    FirstMedCommsJob: Working in MedComms at Brandcast Health

    In this webinar, we're joined by Rosária Alexandre (Medical Communications Director), Stephanie Perkin (Account Director), Yana Stewart (Senior Medical Writer) and Jess Fox (Medical Editor) from Brandcast Health, a digital medcomms agency, to talk about their company, what MedComms means for them and the different roles within their teams. You'll learn about what they look for in entry-level staff, what training is provided and what are the career prospects across the group. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    04 November 2020 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    Equity, diversity and inclusion in MedComms. What's to discuss?

    Equity refers to the fair and respectful treatment of all people. Valuing diversity means that we recognize and respect everyone's unique qualities and attributes. Inclusion means that all individuals feel respected, accepted and valued. Do we do enough in our workplaces to live by these core values? If not, why not? In this webinar we're joined by Faisal Ahmed (VLMY&Rx), Sharon Frost (Oxford PharmaGenesis), Liz Ingle (WPP Health Practice) and Dimuthu Jayawardana (Langland) to reflect on these questions and to stimulate further discussion across the MedComms community. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    28 October 2020 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    The future of medcomms including congresses in a post COVID-19 era

    In this webinar, Jose Antonio Barrientos, Michelle Collins, Gaurav Kumar, Safeer Mughal and Sam Rushton-Reed from Prime Global call on their own experiences to discuss how we have effectively adapted to the changes that COVID-19 has brought to medcomms, including congresses. They also envisage what congresses, and medcomms in general, will look like in the future. And we answer questions from the audience. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    21 October 2020 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    Publishing open access saves lives

    During Open Access Week 2020, and one year after the launch of the Open Pharma position statement, we bring together stakeholders from different backgrounds to share their perspectives on open access in the pharma industry. Join us for a panel discussion, led by Chris Winchester from Oxford PharmaGenesis, and featuring Durhane Wong-Rieger from the Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders, Valerie Philippon from Takeda and Gavin Sharrock from Wiley, to find out why and how you can make a difference within your organization. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    14 October 2020 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    FirstMedCommsJob: Working in regulatory medical writing at Insight Medical Writing

    In this webinar, we're joined by Kelly Smith and Amy Ball from Insight Medical Writing who talk about their company, the regulatory medical writing services they provide and the different roles within their teams. You'll learn about what they look for in entry-level staff, what training is provided and the career prospects. We reflect on the differences between MedComms and regulatory medical writing activities. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    07 October 2020 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    "Are we clear?" Ensuring clarity in medical communications

    We've been talking about clarity in our medical communications for ages. However, with the sudden upscaling in the need for engaging digital communications, there's never been a better time to turn the talk into reality. Led by Jason Gardner and Orla Weir, of McCann Health Medical Communications, and Katy Demery of Novartis Pharma AG, this webinar highlights some risks of misleading communication, and how we should seek opportunities to improve clarity in all clinical development materials through effective written communications and data visualisation. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    30 September 2020 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    FirstMedCommsJob: Meet the agencies in September 2020

    In this webinar, we're joined by Jane Smith (AMICULUM), Rebecca Douglas (Ashfield Healthcare Communications), Karen Kent (Envision Pharma Group), Diane Sutherland (Fishawack Health) and Petula Coutinho (Oxford PharmaGenesis), to talk about the different roles within their teams, what they look for in entry-level staff, what training is provided and what are the career prospects. We look back on the experiences of recruitment during the pandemic and consider implications for the future. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    15 July 2020 - MedComms Forum
    Disrupted events: what's happening in #MedComms practice?

    The past few weeks have seen disruption of events on unprecedented levels. This special, extended, free #MedComms webinar comprised five expert-led sessions and provided valuable, practical insights, which will stimulate wider debate across the MedComms community.

  • The medical conference is dead, long live the medical conference. REDUX
  • Bring on the patients!
  • Effective engagement of congress delegates in a disrupted world
  • Virtual meetings - top trends, tips and lessons learned
  • Face-to-face events - what might a new normal look like?

  • [View full details of the programme and all the recordings here.]

    8 July 2020 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    FirstMedCommsJob: Getting started in HEOR and market access medical writing

    In this webinar, we're joined by Linda Harrison, freelance writer and author of the annual careers guide, Evidence generation and communication: a guide to getting started in HEOR/market access medical writing. Linda is joined by Manca Povsic (AMICULUM) and Amy Sears (Adelphi Values | PROVE), HEOR and market access specialists who are profiled in the new edition of the guide, which was published in June 2020. Together they explain what the agencies are looking for and provide tips to help you get your first job. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    1 July 2020 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    FirstMedCommsJob: Working in MedComms at OPEN Health

    In this webinar, we hear from Rob Pilbrow (Global Managing Director, Medical Writing), Bella Santa Cruz (Senior Account Director) and Imogen Allred (Medical Writer) from OPEN Health who will talk about their company, what MedComms means for them and the different roles within their teams. You'll learn about what they look for in entry-level staff, what training is provided and what are the career prospects across the group. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    24 June 2020 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    Take control of your MedComms career

    Do you want to progress, but aren't sure what you're aiming for? Are you so busy that career progression never becomes a priority? Or are you a manager who wants to help their team develop, but can't do it all for them? Eleanor Steele, the MedComms Mentor, offers practical tips and resources to help you or your team get the most from MedComms career development opportunities. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    17 June 2020 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    COVID-19: Challenges of home-working, a survey to inform working practice in MedComms

    In this webinar, Tim Hardman (Director, Niche Science and Technology) and Steven Walker (Director, St Gilesmedical) will review the key findings from "COVID-19: Challenges of home-working, a survey to inform working practice", a survey that ran in May-June 2020.

    It covers topics such as:

    * Home workplace arrangements
    * Emotional health
    * Working from home experience
    * Psychosocial impact of working from home
    * How working practices might change

    And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    17 June 2020 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    3rd annual Healthcare Communications Workforce Insight Survey

    In this webinar, Daniel Clifton (CEO, Paramount Recruitment) and Mike Ellingham (Marketing Consultant) will review key findings from the "3rd annual Healthcare Communications Workforce Insight Survey", which ran in April-May 2020.

    It covers topics such as:

    * Average salaries for each main healthcare communications role in the UK
    * Salary breakdowns by gender and region
    * Benefits received by employees
    * Expected pay rises
    * What attracts candidates to roles
    * What employers are looking for from candidates
    * Future demands for skills.

    And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    10 June 2020 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    Learning and development at AMICULUM

    In this webinar, we'll provide an insight into the learning journey of a new medical writer or account executive during their first 12 months at AMICULUM. We'll be joined by learning and development expert Louise Upton who will provide an overview of our in-house learning initiative, Curriculum, and demonstrate how our colleagues can use this platform to create their individual learning and development pathway. We will also be joined by Isabelle Blomfield (Medical writer, Seques), Emily Germon (Talent Acquisition, AMICULUM) and Priya Loi (Account handler, Comradis), members of our team who have recently joined AMICULUM - who will talk about their learning experience over the first 12 months of their career. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    03 June 2020 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    Delivering virtual workshops in medical communications: a trainer's tale

    As a trainer in scientific communications, John Dixon has considerable experience in delivering face-to-face workshops to medical writers and doctoral students in universities, research institutes, medical communications agencies and for the European Medical Writers Association (EMWA). John also developed the unique FirstMedCommsJob workshops for aspiring medical writers. Recently, he has adapted his workshops for virtual delivery. John will share his experiences and practical tips. How different is virtual from face-to-face delivery? Can participants still interact effectively? Do you need a co-host to help you out? How long can participants sit in front of a screen without a break? Does it work? And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    27 May 2020 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    FirstMedCommsJob: MedComms account management in practice

    Ben Church (Account Executive at Oxford PharmaGenesis), Alice Fantom (Account Executive at Envision Pharma Group) and Charlotte Lupton (Senior Scientific Project Leader at Helios Medical Communications) are all profiled in the latest issue of our FirstMedComms careers guide, The business of medical communications: a guide to getting started in account management, published in January 2020. In this webinar, we focus on what they actually do during their working days. What's the scope of MedComms projects? How are they planned and budgeted? How are they executed and managed? What's the role of the account management team? And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    20 May 2020 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    Being a freelance writer in MedComms

    In this webinar we're joined by Kathryn White, author of "Making it my own business: a guide to being a freelance writer in MedComms", published in April 2020, and also by freelance writer Hannah Bridges, who contributed to that guide. We talk about how MedComms is an area that offers experienced medical writers the opportunity to 'go it alone', with plenty of variety in terms of the type of projects and therapeutic areas. However, working as a freelancer means running a business. It's not enough to simply be a good writer. You'll also be responsible for sales, marketing, IT support, training, finance and more. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    13 May 2020 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    FirstMedCommsJob: Working in MedComms at Parexel

    In this webinar, we're joined by Jessica Beishon (Scientific Team Lead) and Jo Fetterman (Senior Scientific Specialist) from Parexel who talk about their company, what MedComms means for them and the different roles within their teams. You'll learn about what they look for in entry-level staff, what training is provided and what are the career prospects across the group. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    6 May 2020 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    Managing others for the first time in MedComms

    In this webinar, Jenny Plant (Owner at Account Management Skills) and Matt Plant (Independent Consultant) will cover some of the fundamentals to building competence as a new manager in medical communications. We will share:

    * How your behaviours as a manager affect your team's dynamic and performance
    * Two of the biggest mistakes new managers make when they are promoted to manager
    * How managers can break trust without realising it
    * Some simple coaching techniques you can adopt today to help you become a more effective people manager
    * Some practical tips for coaching those in agency account management

    And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    1 April 2020 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    Environmental sustainability in medical communications

    As concern grows across the planet about carbon emissions and climate change, many people are asking how they can make a difference. Both individuals and corporations are looking for sustainable solutions that will reduce their environmental impact. In this webinar, Sarah Sikora from Envision Pharma Group takes a look at the challenges for sustainability in medical communications in a variety of areas from congress travel to office supplies. If you are interested in making changes for yourself or your organisation then come and join the conversation. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    18 March 2020 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    Everything you ever wanted to know about training medical writers but were afraid to ask...

    In this webinar, we're joined by Eleanor Steele, the MedComms Mentor. With over 15 years' experience of medical writing and leading teams of writers, she understands the training you and your team need to succeed. With results from a recent survey into current training practices across scientific teams, she explores what's working and where more support is required, including practical tips and resources for busy medical writers and their team leaders. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    11 March 2020 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    FirstMedCommsJob: The Allegro training programme - an update

    In this webinar, we are joined by Katie Johnson, Talent Acquisition Associate at Ashfield Healthcare Communications and Eleanor Thomas, Medical Writer and a graduate of the Allegro programme. We hear about the development of the Allegro programme for aspiring Medical Writers over the past two years - taking the total number of people who have started their medical writing careers with Ashfield to more than 100 since its launch in January 2018 - and about how it continues to develop and support the needs of the business. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    04 March 2020 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    FirstMedCommsJob: Working in MedComms at Wave Healthcare Communications

    In this webinar, we're joined by Linda Brown (Programme Director), Charlotte Wilkinson (Senior Programme Manager) and Ella Withey (Editor), of Wave Healthcare Communications, who talk about their own personal journeys into MedComms. We also explore the overall journey that Wave has taken as a company, and the work they do today to provide compelling traditional and digital medical education programmes to support ethical pharmaceutical companies. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    26 February 2020 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    Strategic thinking for account managers in medical communications

    Jenny Plant and Ceylan Boyce have both run global healthcare communications agencies. In this webinar they discuss the importance of developing the skill of strategic thinking for those who are managing the client relationship on a day to day basis, some techniques to help you adopt strategic thinking where it is required and how this skill will help you feel more confident in your role and accelerate your career. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    19 February 2020 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    Training and Nurturing Expertise in Medical Writing

    In this webinar we're joined by Sally Stringer and Edward Rochford, both of HealthCare 21 Communications (part of the Lucid Group), Sarah Fogg, an independent learning and development consultant, and Stephanie Wasek, a freelance medical writing specialist who has just now joined HealthCare 21 Communications (part of the Lucid Group). We examine the grounding principles and essential elements of learning and development for medical writers at the key stages of their career. It further explores what roles are available to writers at early and later career stages (both in house and freelance) and considerations for selecting the path that rights for you will be discussed. Finally, unique writing and training opportunities for senior, experienced writers within Lucid Group's new Centre of Writing Excellence will be shared. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    12 February 2020 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    Leadership Development at Envision

    As Envision Pharma Group continues to evolve as a medical communications agency, so too does their approach to management and leadership. This week, Rob Harris (Global Talent Lead) and Phil Matthews (Portfolio Director and Team Lead), both of Envision Pharma Group, talk to us about their Envisionary Leadership programme. Now in its second year, this group-wide initiative is building leadership skills among its people managers to not only ensure that all team members have a common and high quality experience of management, but also that Envision's leaders remain responsive to Envision's operating context. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    05 February 2020 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    FirstMedCommsJob: In conversation with the account managers

    In this webinar, we're joined by account management staff from different agencies who talk about their own journeys into MedComms and their current roles, the day-to-day working life of account managers, training opportunities and career prospects. The panellists are Ben Church (Account Executive at Oxford PharmaGenesis), Alice Fantom (Account Executive at Envision Pharma Group) and Charlotte Lupton (Scientific Project Leader at Helios Medical Communications). They have all been profiled in the new issue of our annual careers guide, "The business of medical communications: a guide to getting started in account management", published January 2020 (see FirstMedCommsJob.com). And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    29 January 2020 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    Nurturing a digital, multichannel, mindset in MedComms

    On this webinar we're joined by Tim Sparke (Partner at Congregation Ltd) and Faisal Ahmed (Digital Consultant and co-founder of the Digitally Sick podcast). Tim and Faisal have extensive experience delivering digital training and developing effective strategies for a wide range of small, medium and large companies, both inside and outside of the pharmaceutical and medical communications businesses. We hear practical advice supported by insightful case histories. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]



    16 January 2020 - MedComms Careers Session, Oxford University

    This was the fourteenth time we have run this event in Oxford. Once again we had an enthusiastic audience of post-docs and PhD students and others from the biomedical sciences departments within and around Oxford and from other Universities, who met with a number of medical communications professionals for a highly engaging session which presented medical writing and account management in MedComms as attractive career options.
    [Post-event report here.]


    10 December 2019 - Involving patients in research and medical writing

    Following last year's successful end-of-year meeting, once again we welcomed a lively audience to tackle an important, ongoing topic for the MedComms community. It was also an opportunity to relax with peers, to celebrate the year that is ending and to look forward to the year to come. The event was free to attend thanks to the generosity of the sponsors, Stgilesmedical.
    [Post-event report here.]


    04 December 2019 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    Meet the Publishers

    This is a valuable opportunity to hear directly from the publishers about their journals, their unique working practices and their plans for the coming year. A lively panel discuss current developments and future trends in publishing. On our panel we have Caroline Halford (Digital Publishing Manager at Springer Healthcare), Hamish McDougall (Business Development Manager, SAGE Publishing), Jonathan Patience (Head of Commissioning, Taylor and Francis) and Joanne Walker (Head of Publishing Solutions, Future Science Group). And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    27 November 2019 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    The benefits of having a client development strategy

    Research carried out by Frederick Reichheld of Bain and Co (the inventor of the net promoter score) showed that increasing your client retention rate by as little as 5 percent can increase profits by between 25 to 95 percent. Couple that with the fact it's five to twenty five times cheaper to grow existing clients rather than get new clients and you have a very compelling case to have a strategy in place to develop an agency's existing client base. In this webinar Jenny Plant (Owner, Account Management Skills) talks about how agency account managers can add value to their client's business, revenue to the bottom line of their agency and increase their career prospects by understanding how to create a client development strategy for account growth. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    20 November 2019 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    Patient involvement in scientific communications

    In this webinar we hear from Lauri Arnstein, Patient Partnership Liaison at Envision Pharma Group. As part of her role at Envision the Patient, Lauri leads their Plain Language Unit and is committed to guiding teams across Envision to develop clear, accessible and relevant scientific content. She talks about patient involvement in medicines development, focusing on results reporting and publications and, importantly, patient authorship. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    13 November 2019 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    FirstMedCommsJob: Working in MedComms at McCann Health Medical Communications

    In this webinar, we hear from Phil Hall, Recruitment Manager at McCann Health Medical Communications who talks about the company, what MedComms means for them and the different roles within their teams. He explains what they look for in entry-level staff, what training is provided and what are the career prospects across the group. It should be of interest to anyone who is looking for insights in to MedComms as a career and how to maximise their chances of gaining an entry-level job. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    06 November 2019 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    Best Practice in Medical Education

    When 'medical education' is mentioned, many people think immediately of continuing medical education (CME), but the remit can be much broader, encompassing areas such as product-specific medical education and disease awareness activities. In this webinar, Leigh van Wyk, Tracey Wood and Phil Loder of Ogilvy Health look at the latest thinking and best practice in medical education, covering topics such as pharma standards, needs assessments, principles of adult learning, and measurement of outcomes. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    30 October 2019 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    How to connect with (almost) anyone in the MedComms world

    In this webinar, we're joined by Steve Doyle, of Linking Business, a specialist trainer in the use of Linkedin. Steve's background, working in and around medical communications and the pharmaceutical industry, makes him uniquely placed to provide advice about using Linkedin effectively, whatever your current position and aspirations within MedComms. Too often, LinkedIn is simply seen as an online CV. It is so much more than that. Learn about how to use the biggest professional networking platform more effectively. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    23 October 2019 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    Life as a MedComms Freelancer

    In this webinar we're joined by some experienced MedComms freelancers who answer questions about their working life. Have you thought about freelancing? Does the freedom sound attractive? No commute. Sitting in your pyjamas with the cat/dog beside you, while you charge lots by the hour? None of those interminable company meetings. What's not to like? Or is it lonely and isolating? Do you spend more time chasing payments than doing the work? What happens when the computer crashes and there's no IT colleague to help? Or you fall ill? Emma Georgiou, Jane Mason and Sarah Smith share their experiences. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    21 October 2019 - MedComms Brunch Club meeting
    Research Roundup - advancing the publishing of pharmaceutical industry research

    To mark Open Access Week 2019 we had the authors presenting their results from several recent, valuable, published research projects around the topic of open access publication of pharmaceutical industry research and the role of professional medical writers. The talks were filmed and archived at NetworkPharma.tv and we enjoyed a lively discussion between speakers and audience on the day.
    [Post-event report here.]


    16 October 2019 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    Adapting your writing for patients and the public

    Writing successfully for lay audiences is about more than choosing the right words and visuals: it's about having the right goals and process too. In this webinar, patient information specialist Hannah Bridges of HB Health Comms Ltd, explores how communications professionals established in MedComms can adapt their approach for lay audiences. Hannah provides clear and simple 'golden rules' to apply to future lay materials. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    09 October 2019 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    Social Media: A Useful Tool or a Distraction in Medical Publications?

    In this webinar we're joined by Lynda Chang, Beatrice Vetter-Ceriotti and Tamalette Loh of Complete HealthVizion, three of the authors of a recent article in The MAP newsletter. Social media is part of everyday life for many healthcare professionals (HCPs) who use it alongside traditional communication channels for scientific exchange and debate. The benefits of facilitating the transparent and credible exchange of medical publications-related information are clear. Insights from online discussion also provide new channels when looking at treatment landscapes for disease areas. The question for medical publication professionals is how to communicate through social media and how to navigate the unique compliance, trust, and content challenges that social media poses. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    02 October 2019 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    The 4 day MedComms working week in practice

    In this webinar, we're joined by Ffyona Dawber (CEO and Founder), Jill Daws (Client Services Director) and Billy Jenkins (Senior Scientific Editor) at Synergy Vision to talk about how they have introduced an industry-leading 4 day working week for everyone in their agency. What are the challenges and the practical lessons they have learned which ensure they continue to deliver the best possible service to their clients? How have the agency staff benefited? And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    10 September 2019 - OPEN MEDCOMMS CAREERS EVENT
    FirstMedCommsJob: Introduction to MedComms, University of Manchester

    This was the ninth time we have run this event in Manchester. Once again we had an enthusiastic audience of post-docs and DPhil/PhD students and others from the biomedical sciences departments within and around Manchester and from other universities and organisations further afield. They met with a number of medical communications professionals for a highly engaging session that presents medical writing and account management in MedComms as attractive career options.
    [Post-event report here.]


    10 July 2019 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    Working virtually to deliver more effective MedComms services

    In this webinar, we're joined by Louise Sharp (Founder and Managing Director, Makara Health Communications) and Angie Wiles (Founder, The Difference Collective). "Have laptop, can work from anywhere..." Really? We'll discuss the benefits and challenges - for staff, clients and others - that come with working in fully- or semi- virtual teams. Is it about working smarter to deliver better service? Or saving cost? Or better work-life balance? And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    3 July 2019 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    8 key tips to transform your MedComms Linkedin profile

    In this webinar, we're joined by Steve Doyle, of Linking Business, a specialist trainer in the use of Linkedin. Steve's background, working in and around medical communications and the pharmaceutical industry, makes him uniquely placed to provide advice about using your Linkedin profile effectively, whatever your current position and aspirations within MedComms. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    26 June 2019 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    The Healthcare Communications Workforce Insight Survey 2019

    In this webinar we're joined by Daniel Clifton, Founder and Managing Director, Paramount Recruitment, and Mike Ellingham, Marketing Consultant, who review key findings from the Healthcare Communications Workforce Insight Survey, which ran in May 2019. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    20 June 2019 - OPEN MEDCOMMS CAREERS EVENT
    FirstMedCommsJob: Introduction to MedComms, University of Westminster, London

    This was the eighth time we have run this event in London. Once again we had an enthusiastic audience of post-docs and DPhil/PhD students and others from the biomedical sciences departments within and around London and from other universities and organisations further afield. They met with a number of medical communications professionals for a highly engaging session that presents medical writing and account management in MedComms as attractive career options.
    [Post-event report here.]


    19 June 2019 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    FirstMedCommsJob: Working in client services with inScience Communications

    In this webinar, we're joined by Neil Godlieb, Mike Nixon, Jordan Jones and Kate Badley from inScience Communications, part of the Springer Nature group. They talk specifically about working in client services teams, providing account management and project management skills alongside their editorial colleagues to deliver client solutions. What do they look for in entry-level staff, what training is provided and what are the career prospects? It should be of interest to anyone who is looking for insights in to MedComms as a career and how to maximise their chances of gaining an entry level job. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    12 June 2019 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    FirstMedCommsJob: Ask AMICULUM about life in healthcare communications

    In this webinar, as part of our celebrations on MedComms Day 2019, we're joined by Tom Davies, Kirsty Liversidge, Chloe Mapp and Damian Reynolds, from AMICULUM's Manchester and Bollington offices for an online discussion about life and careers in healthcare communications, featuring members of their editorial, client services and recruitment teams. Have you ever wondered about what the day-to-day of a medical writer is like? Are you interested in learning more about innovative client projects, or international travel opportunities? It should be of particular interest to anyone who is looking for insights in to MedComms as a career and how to maximise their chances of gaining an entry level job And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    05 June 2019 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    FirstMedCommsJob: Working in medical writing with Fishawack Communications

    In this webinar, we're joined by Elena Garonna (Editorial Director), Lizzie Hutchinson (Editorial Director) and Heather Shawcross (Editorial Project lead) from Fishawack who will talk about working within their group of global healthcare communications specialists. Specifically they'll talk about the role of the writers and explain what they look for in entry-level staff, and the training opportunities and career prospects. Questions from the audience will be welcomed. It should be of interest to anyone who is looking for insights in to MedComms as a career and how to maximise their chances of gaining an entry level job. And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    29 May 2019 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    Plain-language summaries: what are they, and why should we consider including these in our publications?

    In this webinar, we're joined by Jan Seal-Roberts, Publishing Director at Adis, Springer Healthcare. Last month Jan ran a 3-hour workshop at ISMPP US, which was attended by a lot of key pharma people from global who were keen to learn more about PLS and how to start taking advantage of the opportunities that these offer. Jan distils this down to a 15-min session to bring everyone up to speed with PLS - and will explain exactly why we should be thinking about including these in our publications. You may be surprised! And we answer questions from the audience.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    23 May 2019 - Scientific storytelling and audience engagement: the next chapter

    Following a successful event in May 2017, AMICULUM hosted the sequel. It was another lively and engaging workshop focusing on bringing scientific content to life using a variety of different approaches. Excellent speakers. Excellent hospitality. A really useful morning. We're all looking forward to another chapter.
    [Post-event report here.]


    15 May 2019 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    A guide to KOL and stakeholder identification and mapping

    In this webinar, we're joined by Peter Joshua, CEO of Thecosystems and of MMRG, who will talk about data democratisation, ask whether "just Googling it" is ever a realistic answer, review different methodologies and reflect on whether influence can ever be assessed from secondary data? And we answer questions from the audience. It should be of interest to anyone who has been asked "can you just find out who the important names are in this field..."
    [View the recorded event here.]


    13 May 2019 - FirstMedCommsJob: Meet the agencies

    Our fourth one-day intensive MedComms careers workshop provided the opportunity for delegates with a genuine interest in joining the MedComms industry to get up close and personal with a number of leading employers. The format was designed to give delegates as much insight as possible into life in the different agencies and to be able to compare and contrast those working environments.
    [Post-event report here.]


    8 May 2019 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    FirstMedCommsJob: In conversation with the medical writers

    In this webinar, we're joined by medical writers from four different agencies who talk about their own journeys into MedComms and their current roles, the day-to-day working life of medical writers, training opportunities and career prospects. The four writers are Simran Grewal (Medical Writer at Helios Medical Communications), Joe Pickering (Medical Writer at Mudskipper), Linda Townsend (Medical Writer at Ashfield Healthcare Communications) and Tim van Hartevelt (Associate Medical Writer at Oxford PharmaGenesis). And we answer questions from the audience. It should be of interest to anyone who is looking for insights in to MedComms as a career and how to maximise their chances of gaining an entry level job.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    1 May 2019 - Weekly MedComms Webinar
    FirstMedCommsJob: Specialising in HEOR/Market Access medical writing with DRG Abacus

    In this webinar, we are joined by Marie Cuddon (Internal Recruiter), Deb Burford (Head of Medical Writing), Laura Eaton (Medical Writer) and Claire Fielden (Medical Writer) from DRG Abacus who talk about their work in market access and how it differs from other MedComms specialisms. Specifically they talk about the role of the writers and explain what they look for in entry-level staff, and the training opportunities and career prospects - and we answer questions from the audience. It should be of interest to anyone who is looking for insights in to MedComms as a career and how to maximise their chances of gaining an entry level job. It should also be of interest to people already working in MedComms and interested in specialising further.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    14 February 2019 - FirstMedCommsJob Webinar
    The Allegro training programme in practice

    In this webinar, we are joined by Katie Johnson, Talent Acquisition Associate at Ashfield Healthcare Communications, Neil Marmont, Programme Director, Allegro and Eleanor Thomas, Medical Writer and graduate from the first full year of the Allegro programme. We hear about the lessons learned from the first year of the Allegro programme for aspiring Medical Writers and about how it will continue to develop and to support the needs of the business - and we answer questions from the audience. It should be of interest to anyone who is looking for insights in to MedComms as a career and specifically for those of you who are looking for entry-level opportunities in medical writing.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    24 January 2019 - FirstMedCommsJob Webinar
    So, you want to work in account management?

    The 2nd Edition of the annual careers guide, 'The business of medical communications: a guide to getting started in account management' has just been published and in this webinar the author, Lindsey Heer, offers advice on how to prepare for that first account management job in MedComms, and what to expect. It should be of interest to anyone who is looking for insights in to MedComms as a career and how to maximise their chances of gaining an entry-level job.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    17 January 2019 - FirstMedCommsJob Webinar
    Working at inScience Communications

    In this webinar, we hear from Andrew Thomson, Michelle Turner, Samantha Blakemore and Ella Palmer of inScience Communications (part of Springer Nature) talk about their company, what MedComms means for them and the different roles within their teams. They explain their approach to recruitment and answer questions from the audience. It should be of interest to anyone who is looking for insights in to MedComms as a career and how to maximise their chances of gaining an entry-level job.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    10 January 2019 - MedComms Careers Session, Oxford University

    This was the thirteenth time we have run this event in Oxford. Once again we had an enthusiastic audience of post-docs and PhD students and others from the biomedical sciences departments within and around Oxford and from other Universities, who met with a number of medical communications professionals for a highly engaging session which presented medical writing and account management in MedComms as attractive career options.
    [Post-event report here.]


    18 December 2018 - Optimising training for medical writers

    We had a packed room for this opportunity to tackle an important, ongoing topic for the MedComms community. It was an opportunity to relax with peers, to celebrate the year that is ending and to look forward to the year to come. The aim was to explore aspects of training for new writers and advanced practitioners who are seeking to progress and diversify. The event was free to attend thanks to the generosity of the sponsors, Stgilesmedical.
    [Post-event report here.]


    5 December 2018 - MEET THE PUBLISHERS

    This was a valuable opportunity to hear directly from the publishers about their journals, their unique working practices and their plans for the coming year. The presentations from each publisher were followed by a lively panel discussion about current developments and future trends in publishing.
    [Post-event report here.]


    14 November 2018 - FirstMedCommsJob Webinar
    First steps in applying for an entry level job in MedComms

    In this webinar, Julia Walton of specialist recruitment company, Media Contacts, provides some practical tips about researching the market and about preparing your CV, and answers a wide range of questions from the audience about applying for entry-level jobs in MedComms. It should be of interest to anyone who is looking for insights in to MedComms as a career and how to maximise their chances of gaining an entry-level job.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    17 October 2018 - Brunch Club Meeting

    It's 2018, the year of the first pharma open access mandate, so ahead of Open Access Week, we were exploring how industry can work with other stakeholders to make better use of opportunities for open access, author information systems and preprints to increase speed and transparency within medical publications. This Brunch Club meeting was hosted by Oxford PharmaGenesis. As with all the Brunch Club events, the primary purpose was to film several talks which will then be posted on NetworkPharma.tv for free access by the global community afterwards.
    [Post-event report here.]


    4 October 2018 - 4TH MEDCOMMS NETWORKING VIRTUAL EVENT

    Medical Communications for Emerging versus Established Markets

    This was our 4th MedComms Networking Virtual Event and we were delighted to be working with HealthCare21 Communications, on this programme to address the following questions:

  • What are the healthcare dynamics and challenges of the key emerging markets?
  • What are the educational needs of the emerging markets and how can tailored medical communications best address them?
  • What does the future hold for medical communications in the emerging markets?

  • Once again, we lined up a panel of experts and the emphasis in the meeting was on encouraging the audience to ask questions and share their own experiences. These virtual meetings are supported by Blue Sky eLearn.
    [View the recorded event here.]

    20 September 2018 - FirstMedCommsJob Webinar
    All about the Allegro training programme from Ashfield Healthcare Communications (AHC)

    In this webinar, Katie Johnson, Talent Acquisition Associate at Ashfield Healthcare Communications, talks us through their Allegro training programme for Associate Medical Writers, and the recruitment process, and then answers questions from the audience. It should be of interest to anyone who is looking for insights in to MedComms as a career and specifically for those of you who are looking for entry-level opportunities in medical writing.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    13 September 2018 - MedComms Careers Session, Manchester University

    This was the eighth time we have run this event in Manchester. Once again we had an enthusiastic audience of post-docs andPhD students and others from the biomedical sciences departments within and around Manchester and from other Universities, who met with a number of medical communications professionals for a highly engaging session which presented medical writing and account management in MedComms as attractive career options.
    [Post-event report here.]


    4 July 2018 - Brunch Club Meeting

    The aim is to host a regular small meeting with 2-4 speakers presenting on various topics of direct relevance to MedComms. Importantly the presentations will be filmed for webcasting for free access by the global community afterwards. Topics will be announced in advance but we believe we can guarantee a useful educational and networking session every time. So make a note of the dates now.
    [Post-event report here.]


    27 June 2018 - OPEN MEDCOMMS CAREERS EVENT
    FirstMedCommsJob: Introduction to MedComms, University of Westminster, London

    We were back in London after a three year absence! This was the seventh time we have run this event in London. Once again we had an enthusiastic audience of post-docs and DPhil/PhD students and others from the biomedical sciences departments within and around London and from other universities and organisations further afield. They met with a number of medical communications professionals for a highly engaging session that presents medical writing and account management in MedComms as attractive career options.
    [Post-event report here.]


    19 June 2018 - LUNCH AND LEARN

    PromoMats in Action: Managing Jobs and Referencing

    This was an excellent roundtable discussion where we learnt about the latest developments in using Vault PromoMats to manage the process of medical content review and the transition from established Zinc platforms. The team from Veeva explained the evolution of the service and answered lots of practical questions. The feedback they received about use of their systems in practice made this a valuable session for all.
    [Post-event report here.]


    13 June 2018 - Brunch Club Meeting

    The aim is to host a regular small meeting with 2-4 speakers presenting on various topics of direct relevance to MedComms. Importantly the presentations will be filmed for webcasting for free access by the global community afterwards. Topics will be announced in advance but we believe we can guarantee a useful educational and networking session every time. So make a note of the dates now.
    [Post-event report here.]


    14 May 2018 - FirstMedCommsJob: Meet the agencies

    Our third one-day intensive MedComms careers workshop provided the opportunity for delegates with a genuine interest in joining the MedComms industry to get up close and personal with a number of leading employers. The format was designed to give delegates as much insight as possible into life in the different agencies and to be able to compare and contrast those working environments.
    [Post-event report here.]


    2 May 2018 - Brunch Club Meeting

    The aim is to host a regular small meeting with 2-4 speakers presenting on various topics of direct relevance to MedComms. Importantly the presentations will be filmed for webcasting for free access by the global community afterwards. Topics will be announced in advance but we believe we can guarantee a useful educational and networking session every time. So make a note of the dates now.
    [Post-event report here.]


    25 April 2018 - AFTERNOON WORKSHOP - KNUTSFORD

    Current pitfalls and opportunities in medical communications

    Once again, a good crowd from across MedComms in the North West and further afield gathered for expert presentations, lively discussion and networking opportunities. This meeting was free of charge, supported by inScience Communications who were celebrating the opening of their new offices at Booths Hall.
    [Post-event report here.]


    4 April 2018 - Brunch Club Meeting

    The aim is to host a regular small meeting with 2-4 speakers presenting on various topics of direct relevance to MedComms. Importantly the presentations will be filmed for webcasting for free access by the global community afterwards. Topics will be announced in advance but we believe we can guarantee a useful educational and networking session every time. So make a note of the dates now.
    [Post-event report here.]


    7 March 2018 - Brunch Club Meeting

    The aim is to host a regular small meeting with 2-4 speakers presenting on various topics of direct relevance to MedComms. Importantly the presentations will be filmed for webcasting for free access by the global community afterwards. Topics will be announced in advance but we believe we can guarantee a useful educational and networking session every time. So make a note of the dates now.
    [Post-event report here.]


    1 March 2018 - 3RD MEDCOMMS NETWORKING VIRTUAL EVENT

    Digital features in medical publications: Where are we now?

    Caroline Halford presented key findings from a short survey of publishing professionals working in around MedComms and the pharmaceutical industry, looking at perceptions and experiences of digital features to accompany medical publications. Caroline also discussed readership trends in medical publishing, Adis's experience of digital features, metrics, and how to maximise return on investment. Once again we lined up a panel of experts for the discussion and the emphasis in the meeting was on encouraging the audience to ask questions and share their own experiences. This meeting was supported by Blue Sky eLearn.
    [Post-event report here.]


    7 February 2018 - Brunch Club Meeting

    The aim is to host a regular small meeting with 2-4 speakers presenting on various topics of direct relevance to MedComms. Importantly the presentations will be filmed for webcasting for free access by the global community afterwards. Topics will be announced in advance but we believe we can guarantee a useful educational and networking session every time. So make a note of the dates now.
    [Post-event report here.]


    12 January 2018 - OPEN MEDCOMMS CAREERS EVENT
    FirstMedCommsJob: Introduction to MedComms, Oxford University

    This was the twelfth time we have run what is now established as an annual event in Oxford. Once again we had an enthusiastic audience of post-docs and DPhil/PhD students and others from the biomedical sciences departments within and around Oxford and from other Universities across the UK, who met with a number of medical communications professionals for a highly engaging session which presents medical writing and account management in MedComms as attractive career options.
    [Post-event report here.]


    28 November 2017 - LUNCH and LEARN - CAMBRIDGE, UK
    Measuring success with event tech analytics

    This was our first ever event in the Cambridge area and we hope it will be the start of much more to come. We ran a small group discussion around how the Pharma industry determines an event's success using live data and analytics. The meeting was supported by Concise,
    [Post-event report here.]


    1 November 2017 - Brunch Club Meeting

    The aim is to host a regular small meeting with 2-4 speakers presenting on various topics of direct relevance to MedComms. Importantly the presentations will be filmed for webcasting for free access by the global community afterwards. Topics will be announced in advance but we believe we can guarantee a useful educational and networking session every time. So make a note of the dates now.
    [Post-event report here.]


    18 October 2017 - 2ND MEDCOMMS NETWORKING VIRTUAL EVENT

    Scientific Meetings in the Digital Age; Overcoming Challenges

    'You can't do it alone' was the statement up for discussion and an initial poll revealed that the question of most interest to the circa 200 attendees was 'What do you think a scientific meeting will look like in 5 years?' The webinar, which took place on the 18th October, was an hour-long interactive session, with audience participation encouraged via group attendance, Q&A and polls. This meeting was supported by Blue Sky eLearn.
    [View the recorded event here.]
    [Read a summary report here.]


    4 October 2017 - Brunch Club Meeting

    The aim is to host a regular small meeting with 2-4 speakers presenting on various topics of direct relevance to MedComms. Importantly the presentations will be filmed for webcasting for free access by the global community afterwards. Topics will be announced in advance but we believe we can guarantee a useful educational and networking session every time. So make a note of the dates now.
    [Post-event report here.]


    14 September 2017 - MedComms Careers Session, Manchester University

    This was the seventh time we have run this event in Manchester. Once again we had an enthusiastic audience of post-docs andPhD students and others from the biomedical sciences departments within and around Manchester and from other Universities, who met with a number of medical communications professionals for a highly engaging session which presented medical writing and account management in MedComms as attractive career options.
    [Post-event report here.]


    6 September 2017 - Brunch Club Meeting

    The aim is to host a regular small meeting with 2-4 speakers presenting on various topics of direct relevance to MedComms. Importantly the presentations will be filmed for webcasting for free access by the global community afterwards. Topics will be announced in advance but we believe we can guarantee a useful educational and networking session every time. So make a note of the dates now.
    [Post-event report here.]


    2 August 2017 - Brunch Club Meeting

    The aim is to host a regular small meeting with 2-4 speakers presenting on various topics of direct relevance to MedComms. Importantly the presentations will be filmed for webcasting for free access by the global community afterwards. Topics will be announced in advance but we believe we can guarantee a useful educational and networking session every time. So make a note of the dates now.
    [Post-event report here.]


    6 July 2017 - Webinar

    Webinar: RightsLink and MedComms: Readout of 24 May 2017 London roundtable

    Following an initial roundtable meeting of MedComms specialists back in March, CCC and MedComms Networking then hosted another roundtable on 24 May in London when we were joined by prominent publishers of scientific, technical and medical content. The purpose was for attendees to share and discuss their needs with respect to the use of copyrighted content by today's MedComms agencies, and to consider potential solutions. This webinar provided a readout of the event's discussions, a description of planned next steps and an invitation to further collaborate with CCC in building better solutions.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    6 July 2017 - Brunch Club Meeting

    The aim is to host a regular small meeting with 2-4 speakers presenting on various topics of direct relevance to MedComms. Importantly the presentations will be filmed for webcasting for free access by the global community afterwards. Topics will be announced in advance but we believe we can guarantee a useful educational and networking session every time. So make a note of the dates now.
    [Post-event report here.]


    28 June 2017 - MEDCOMMS NETWORKING VIRTUAL EVENT

    Virtual events; trends, best practices and avoiding pitfalls

    The value of meetings to allow exchange of information and opinion, and to facilitate learning, is not in doubt but we're all aware of the significant challenges inherent in gathering people in one place at one time for a face-to-face event. Virtual meetings are increasingly being used and in this (virtual) meeting we addressed current trends and best practices, drawing on case histories from within the world of MedComms and Pharma events to explore the most effective approaches that you can then incorporate in to your own activities. This meeting was supported by Blue Sky eLearn.
    [View the recorded event here.]


    14 June 2017 - Brunch Club Meeting

    The aim is to host a regular small meeting with 2-4 speakers presenting on various topics of direct relevance to MedComms. Importantly the presentations will be filmed for webcasting for free access by the global community afterwards. Topics will be announced in advance but we believe we can guarantee a useful educational and networking session every time. So make a note of the dates now.
    [Post-event report here.]


    22 May 2017 - FirstMedCommsJob: Meet the agencies

    Our second one-day intensive MedComms careers workshop provided the opportunity for delegates with a genuine interest in joining the MedComms industry to get up close and personal with a number of leading employers. The format was designed to give delegates as much insight as possible into life in the different agencies and to be able to compare and contrast those working environments.
    [Post-event report here.]


    11 May 2017 - Scientific storytelling and audience engagement - London

    This was a full and lively afternoon, hosted by AMICULUM. An ever-changing technological world means that patients, physicians and clients are demanding tailored information that is relevant, timely and engaging. The three speakers addressed the transformation of scientific content spanning a range of audiences and viewpoints, touching on scientific storytelling, learning design, and audience engagement.
    [Post-event report here.]


    3 May 2017 - Brunch Club Meeting

    The aim is to host a regular small meeting with 2-4 speakers presenting on various topics of direct relevance to MedComms. Importantly the presentations will be filmed for webcasting for free access by the global community afterwards. Topics will be announced in advance but we believe we can guarantee a useful educational and networking session every time. So make a note of the dates now.
    [Post-event report here.]


    5 April 2017 - Brunch Club Meeting

    The aim is to host a regular small meeting with 2-4 speakers presenting on various topics of direct relevance to MedComms. Importantly the presentations will be filmed for webcasting for free access by the global community afterwards. Topics will be announced in advance but we believe we can guarantee a useful educational and networking session every time. So make a note of the dates now.
    [Post-event report here.]


    21 March 2017 - Lunch and Learn Meeting - San Francisco

    Event-tech for Pharma - Chime-in

    This was one of several small group discussions (Oxford, New York, Macclesfield and San Francisco) held during March where we talked about the use of technology to optimise audience engagement at industry events and heard about some ideas from outside of Pharma. We will use these discussions as the basis for better understanding of the practical challenges being faced at the events and to plan activities to help find more effective solutions in the future. This meeting was supported by Concise.
    [Post-event report here.]


    21 March 2017 - Lunch and Learn Meeting - Macclesfield

    Event-tech for Pharma - Chime-in

    This was one of several small group discussions (Oxford, New York, Macclesfield and San Francisco) held during March where we talked about the use of technology to optimise audience engagement at industry events and heard about some ideas from outside of Pharma. We will use these discussions as the basis for better understanding of the practical challenges being faced at the events and to plan activities to help find more effective solutions in the future. This meeting was supported by Concise.
    [Post-event report here.]


    16 March 2017 - Lunch and Learn Meeting - New York

    Event-tech for Pharma - Chime-in

    This was one of several small group discussions (Oxford, New York, Macclesfield and San Francisco) held during March where we talked about the use of technology to optimise audience engagement at industry events and heard about some ideas from outside of Pharma. We will use these discussions as the basis for better understanding of the practical challenges being faced at the events and to plan activities to help find more effective solutions in the future. This meeting was supported by Concise.
    [Post-event report here.]


    15 March 2017 - Roundtable Discussion, London

    RightsLink Permissions Roundtable with Copyright Clearance Center (CCC)

    This roundtable discussion event was attended by a useful group of senior editorial services managers, working in medical communications agencies, responsible for securing licenses to re-use copyrighted content in their client projects. A lively and open discussion was enjoyed by all.
    [Post-event report here.]


    2 March 2017 - Lunch and Learn Meeting - Oxford

    Event-tech for Pharma - Chime-in

    This was one of several small group discussions (Oxford, New York, Macclesfield and San Francisco) held during March where we talked about the use of technology to optimise audience engagement at industry events and heard about some ideas from outside of Pharma. We will use these discussions as the basis for better understanding of the practical challenges being faced at the events and to plan activities to help find more effective solutions in the future. This meeting was supported by Concise.
    [Post-event report here.]


    1 March 2017 - Brunch Club Meeting

    The aim is to host a regular small meeting with 2-4 speakers presenting on various topics of direct relevance to MedComms. Importantly the presentations will be filmed for webcasting for free access by the global community afterwards. Topics will be announced in advance but we believe we can guarantee a useful educational and networking session every time. So make a note of the dates now.
    [Post-event report here.]


    1 February 2017 - Brunch Club Meeting

    The aim is to host a regular small meeting with 2-4 speakers presenting on various topics of direct relevance to MedComms. Importantly the presentations will be filmed for webcasting for free access by the global community afterwards. Topics will be announced in advance but we believe we can guarantee a useful educational and networking session every time. So make a note of the dates now.
    [Post-event report here.]


    25 January 2017 - MedComms Networking 10th Birthday Celebrations!

    It's been 10 years and the MedComms business community has evolved significantly. A large crowd of us, old and young, gathered to reflect on just how far we've come and to celebrate in some style! Great fun and I think we made the point; MedComms work is worthwhile work and once in a while we're allowed to be loud and proud.
    [Post-event report here.]


    12 January 2017 - MedComms Careers Session, Oxford University

    This was the eleventh time we have run what is now established as an annual event in Oxford. Once again we had an enthusiastic audience of post-docs and DPhil/PhD students and others from the biomedical sciences departments within and around Oxford and from other Universities across the UK, who met with a number of medical communications professionals for a highly engaging session which presents medical writing and account management in MedComms as attractive career options.
    [Post-event report here.]


    4 January 2017 - Brunch Club Meeting

    The aim is to host a regular small meeting with 2-4 speakers presenting on various topics of direct relevance to MedComms. Importantly the presentations will be filmed for webcasting for free access by the global community afterwards. Topics will be announced in advance but we believe we can guarantee a useful educational and networking session every time. So make a note of the dates now.
    [Post-event report here.]


    8 December 2016 - Publishing, medical writing and authorship: Is more transparency needed?

    This was another successful workshop, supported by Prime Global and Dove Medical Press, and once again we attracted a full house for a valuable afternoon's programme chaired by John Gonzalez. As usual the meeting not only served as a valuable educational opportunity but allowed plenty of time for networking with colleagues from across the MedComms business.
    [Post-event report here.]


    2 November 2016 - Brunch Club Meeting

    The aim is to host a regular small meeting with 2-4 speakers presenting on various topics of direct relevance to MedComms. Importantly the presentations will be filmed for webcasting for free access by the global community afterwards. Topics will be announced in advance but we believe we can guarantee a useful educational and networking session every time. So make a note of the dates now.
    [Post-event report here.]


    6 October 2016 - Brunch Club Meeting

    The aim is to host a regular small meeting with 2-4 speakers presenting on various topics of direct relevance to MedComms. Importantly the presentations will be filmed for webcasting for free access by the global community afterwards. Topics will be announced in advance but we believe we can guarantee a useful educational and networking session every time. So make a note of the dates now.
    [Post-event report here.]


    14 September 2016 - MedComms Careers Session, Manchester University

    This was the sixth time we have run this event in Manchester. Once again we had an enthusiastic audience of post-docs andPhD students and others from the biomedical sciences departments within and around Manchester and from other Universities, who met with a number of medical communications professionals for a highly engaging session which presented medical writing and account management in MedComms as attractive career options.
    [Post-event report here.]


    7 September 2016 - Brunch Club Meeting

    The aim is to host a regular small meeting with 2-4 speakers presenting on various topics of direct relevance to MedComms. Importantly the presentations will be filmed for webcasting for free access by the global community afterwards. Topics will be announced in advance but we believe we can guarantee a useful educational and networking session every time. So make a note of the dates now.
    [Post-event report here.]


    3 August 2016 - Brunch Club Meeting

    The aim is to host a regular small meeting with 2-4 speakers presenting on various topics of direct relevance to MedComms. Importantly the presentations will be filmed for webcasting for free access by the global community afterwards. Topics will be announced in advance but we believe we can guarantee a useful educational and networking session every time. So make a note of the dates now.
    [Post-event report here.]


    7 July 2016 - Understanding the role of real-world evidence (RWE) in a medical publication plan

    This was another successful workshop hosted by AstraZeneca and attracted a full house once again, for a valuable afternoon's programme chaired by John Gonzalez of AstraZeneca and Ryan Woodrow of Aspire Scientific. As usual the meeting not only served as a valuable educational opportunity but allowed plenty of time for networking with colleagues from across the MedComms business.
    [Post-event report here.]


    6 July 2016 - Brunch Club Meeting

    The aim is to host a regular small meeting with 2-4 speakers presenting on various topics of direct relevance to MedComms. Importantly the presentations will be filmed for webcasting for free access by the global community afterwards. Topics will be announced in advance but we believe we can guarantee a useful educational and networking session every time. So make a note of the dates now.
    [Post-event report here.]


    1 June 2016 - Brunch Club Meeting

    The aim is to host a regular small meeting with 2-4 speakers presenting on various topics of direct relevance to MedComms. Importantly the presentations will be filmed for webcasting for free access by the global community afterwards. Topics will be announced in advance but we believe we can guarantee a useful educational and networking session every time. So make a note of the dates now.
    [Post-event report here.]


    11 May 2016 - FirstMedCommsJob: Meet the agencies

    This new one-day intensive MedComms careers workshop provided the opportunity for delegates with a genuine interest in joining the MedComms industry to get up close and personal with a number of leading employers. The format was designed to give delegates as much insight as possible into life in the different agencies and to be able to compare and contrast those working environments.
    [Post-event report here.]


    4 May 2016 - Brunch Club Meeting

    The aim is to host a regular small meeting with 2-4 speakers presenting on various topics of direct relevance to MedComms. Importantly the presentations will be filmed for webcasting for free access by the global community afterwards. Topics will be announced in advance but we believe we can guarantee a useful educational and networking session every time. So make a note of the dates now.
    [Post-event report here.]


    19 April 2016 - Research with results: tracking engagement for medcomms and pharma

    Altmetric, in partnership with MedComms Networking, organised and hosted a valuable workshop for about 60 representatives from the medcomms and pharmaceutical industry. The day-long event included guest speakers, workshops and some great discussion around the use of altmetrics for tracking engagement for industry-sponsored publications.
    [Post-event report here - Altmetric Blog.]


    26 February 2016 - The Evolving Role Of Medical Affairs And How Medical Communications Can Support

    A packed room enjoyed an excellent afternoon's workshop. We put together a small panel of Medical Affairs Advisors and a Medical Director from global pharmaceutical companies to talk about their roles, the evolving landscape they work within and specifically how they want to work with MedComms agencies. We talked about data transparency, compliance and Sunshine issues, engagement with different audiences and stakeholders, and heard about how medical affairs personnel interact with other functional roles within their companies. Many thanks to AXON for hosting this valuable meeting.
    [Post-event report here.]


    14 January 2016 - MedComms Careers Session, Oxford University

    This was the tenth time we have run what is now established as an annual event in Oxford. Once again we had an enthusiastic audience of post-docs and DPhil/PhD students and others from the biomedical sciences departments within and around Oxford and from other Universities across the UK, who met with a number of medical communications professionals for a highly engaging session which presents medical writing and account management in MedComms as attractive career options.
    [Post-event report here.]


    9 December 2015 - Altmetric data: what can it mean for you?

    At this Lunch and Learn event, Ben McLeish, European Product Sales Manager for Altmetric for Institutions provided a valuable insight in to the use of their data. He was able to draw upon case studies from organisations who are beginning to integrate this qualitative data into their monitoring and reporting workflows, and discuss the benefits and advantages that having such insight can provide for Medical Communications professionals and the projects that they support. We're hoping this will lead to a bigger event next year.
    [Post-event report here.]


    3 December 2015 - Improving efficiency, transparency and integrity in medical publications: overview of the latest guidelines

    This was another successful workshop hosted by AstraZeneca and attracted a full house once again, for a valuable afternoon's programme chaired by John Gonzalez of AstraZeneca and Ryan Woodrow of Aspire Scientific. As usual the meeting not only served as a valuable educational opportunity but allowed plenty of time for networking with colleagues from across the MedComms business.
    [Post-event report here.]


    13 October 2015 - Evening panel discussion and networking reception: GPP3 in Practice

    A large crowd of about 100 gathered together for an excellent evening, hosted by Oxford University Press (OUP) at their historic offices in the City of Oxford. Several invited panellists engaged with a lively and inquisitive audience, discussing the practical implications of the revised Good Publication Practice document (GPP3).
    [Post-event report here.]


    24 September 2015 - Developing a tool kit to aid commissioning digital projects, Oxford

    The last in this year's Lunch and Learn series of events about digital activity, the objective being for a small group to meet informally for open discussion around a specialist topic of interest, and along the way to stimulate ideas for larger open events. We've run a series of these workshops focusing on embracing digital solutions with an emphasis on practical case histories to explore how intelligent commissioning and delivery of projects can be cost-effective and successfully meet intended communications needs. Each workshop informed the agenda of the next one, as we explored specific solutions and technologies that might have a place in MedComms programmes.
    [Post-event report here.]


    16 September 2015 - MedComms Careers Session, Manchester University

    This was the fifth time we have run this event in Manchester. Once again we had an enthusiastic audience of post-docs andPhD students and others from the biomedical sciences departments within and around Manchester and from other Universities, who met with a number of medical communications professionals for a highly engaging session which presented medical writing and account management in MedComms as attractive career options.
    [Post-event report here.]


    21 August 2015 - What's new in GPP3? Presentation and workshop

    The updated Good Publication Practice (GPP) guideline, known as GPP3 has now been published and we were delighted to have the opportunity to hear about the details from Liz Wager, Publications Consultant and Co-Author of the new paper. Liz was also co-author of the original guideline in 2003 so was well placed to reflect on the changing landscape in publications management.
    [Post-event report here.]


    12 July 2015 - 5th Annual MedComms Rounders Tournament and Family Fun Day, Alderley Park

    Another great day's sporting action saw seven teams hotly competing for the trophy with support from large numbers of friends and family. Once again we ensured the little (and not so little) people enjoyed the day with free entertainment including balloon sculptures, face painting, bouncy castles and a BBQ.
    [Post-event report here.]


    1 July 2015 - MedComms Careers Session, London

    This was the sixth time we have run this event in London. Once again we had an enthusiastic audience of post-docs and DPhil/PhD students and others from the biomedical sciences departments within and around London and from other Universities, who met with a number of medical communications professionals for a highly engaging session which presented medical writing and account management in MedComms as attractive career options.
    [Post-event report here.]


    18 June 2015 - Meeting the challenge of commissioning digital projects, Oxford

    The latest in our Lunch and Learn series of events, the objective being for a small group to meet informally for open discussion around a specialist topic of interest, and along the way to stimulate ideas for larger open events. We're now going to run a series of these workshops focusing on embracing digital solutions with an emphasis on practical case histories to explore how intelligent commissioning and delivery of projects can be cost-effective and successfully meet intended communications needs. The plan is for each workshop to inform the agenda of the next one, as we explore specific solutions and technologies that might have a place in MedComms programmes.
    [Post-event report here.]


    3 June 2015 - An update: Publications in Practice

    One hundred MedComms Specialists, from across the North West UK and beyond, gathered together for an excellent afternoon's programme, reflecting on topical aspects of the publications business, including; impact of the Sunshine Act, the imminent arrival of the GPP-3 guidelines, plagiarism, fraud and predatory journals and innovations in publication metrics. As usual the meeting not only served as a valuable educational opportunity but also allowed plenty of time for networking with colleagues from across the MedComms business. Many thanks to AstraZeneca for hosting this valuable meeting.
    [Post-event report here.]


    18-19 May 2015 - Careers Insight Workshop, Oxford University - Medical Writing in MedComms

    This was the eighth time we'd run this 2-day workshop with funding from Oxford University and the support of several leading MedComms agencies. Delegates with a genuine interest in joining the MedComms industry heard from a superb line up of speakers about the pharmaceutical industry, the role of MedComms agencies and the specifics about working as a medical writer and some of the activities they would expect to undertake. We were able to highlight related writing roles as well as other roles within the agencies such as Account Management.
    [Post-event report here.]


    23 April 2015 - Delivering on the promise of Digital, Oxford

    The latest in our Lunch and Learn series of events, the objective being for a small group to meet informally for open discussion around a specialist topic of interest, and along the way to stimulate ideas for larger open events. We're now going to run a series of these workshops focusing on embracing digital solutions with an emphasis on practical case histories to explore how intelligent commissioning and delivery of projects can be cost-effective and successfully meet intended communications needs. The plan is for each workshop to inform the agenda of the next one, as we explore specific solutions and technologies that might have a place in MedComms programmes.
    [Post-event report here.]


    15 January 2015 - MedComms Careers Session, Oxford University

    This was the ninth time we have run what is now established as an annual event in Oxford. Once again we had an enthusiastic audience of post-docs and DPhil/PhD students and others from the biomedical sciences departments within and around Oxford and from other Universities across the UK, who met with a number of medical communications professionals for a highly engaging session which presents medical writing and account management in MedComms as attractive career options.
    [Post-event report here.]


    8 December 2014 - Procuring MedComms - an insider's view, Oxford

    At this event independent consultant David Pilley talked as an insider about what the procurement specialists are aiming to achieve on their side, and specifically how they view MedComms services, and he lead a valuable discussion about how to work effectively with procurement departments from pitch through to delivery. As usual the meeting not only served as a valuable educational opportunity but also allowed plenty of time for networking with colleagues from across the MedComms business.
    [Post-event report here.]


    3 December 2014 - Procuring MedComms - an insider's view, Macclesfield

    At this event independent consultant David Pilley talked as an insider about what the procurement specialists are aiming to achieve on their side, and specifically how they view MedComms services, and he lead a valuable discussion about how to work effectively with procurement departments from pitch through to delivery. As usual the meeting not only served as a valuable educational opportunity but also allowed plenty of time for networking with colleagues from across the MedComms business.
    [Post-event report here.]


    2 October 2014 - Motion graphics and 3D animation, Oxford

    This was the first in our new specialist Lunch and Learn series of events, the objective being for a small group to meet informally for open discussion around a specialist topic of interest, and along the way to stimulate ideas for larger open events. There's a lot of focus in MedComms on written words and the scientific and medical rigour and review that underpins them. However, we'd all acknowledge the added versatility and impact that can be gained with the appropriate use of high-end motion graphics. Just how accessible are those techniques and how easily and effectively can they be integrated within MedComms programmes?
    [Post-event report here.]


    13 July 2014 - 4th Annual MedComms Rounders Tournament and Family Fun Day, Alderley Park

    Another great day's sporting action saw eight teams hotly competing for the trophy with support from large numbers of friends and family. Once again we ensured the little (and not so little) people enjoyed the day with free entertainment including balloon sculptures, face painting, bouncy castles and a BBQ.
    [Post-event report here.]


    1 July 2014 - Medical Writing Careers Session, London

    This was the fifth time we have run this event in London. Once again we had an enthusiastic audience of post-docs and DPhil/PhD students and others from the biomedical sciences departments within and around London and from other Universities, who met with a number of medical communications professionals for a highly engaging session which presented medical writing and account management in MedComms as attractive career options.
    [Post-event report here.]


    19 June 2014 - Sharing healthcare data: how can publication planners help to close the gap?, Alderley Park

    This was a valuable event for everyone working in this specialist community. Talk of transparency is all very well and good but what are the implications and what about the practicalities of providing patients with trial data? As always there was plenty of opportunity to network with the speakers and panellists and with peers.
    [Post-event report here.]


    19-20 May 2014 - Careers Insight Workshop, Oxford University - Medical Writing in MedComms

    This was the seventh time we'd run this 2-day workshop with funding from Oxford University and the support of several leading MedComms agencies. Delegates with a genuine interest in joining the MedComms industry heard from a superb line up of speakers about the pharmaceutical industry, the role of MedComms agencies and the specifics about working as a medical writer and some of the activities they would expect to undertake. We were able to highlight related writing roles as well as other roles within the agencies such as Account Management.
    [Post-event report here.]


    29 April 2014 - Walking the copyright tightrope, Oxford

    We had a packed room for a valuable afternoon's meeting, combining excellent presentations from specialists together with a lot of lively Q&A and, as always, the opportunity to network with peers.
    [Post-event report here.]


    15 April 2014 - Medical Writing Careers Session, Manchester University

    This was the fourth time we have run this event in Manchester. Once again we had an enthusiastic audience of post-docs andPhD students and others from the biomedical sciences departments within and around Manchester and from other Universities, who met with a number of medical communications professionals for a highly engaging session which presented medical writing and account management in MedComms as attractive career options.
    [Post-event report here.]


    12 February 2014 - Sunshine in practice, now and in the future, Oxford

    Despite the stormy weather this was a well-attended and insightful afternoon's meeting, combining a number of succinct presentations from specialists with lively Q&A and, as always, the opportunity to network with peers.
    [Post-event report here.]


    16 January 2014 - Medical Writing Careers Session, Oxford University

    This was the eigth time we have run what is now established as an annual event. Once again we had an enthusiastic audience of post-docs and DPhil/PhD students and others from the biomedical sciences departments within and around Oxford and from other Universities, who met with a number of medical communications professionals for a highly engaging session which presented medical writing and account management in MedComms as attractive career options.
    [Post-event report here.]


    3 December 2013 - How do we optimise our communication and publication plans for payors?, Macclesfield

    This was another excellent and insightful afternoon's meeting, combining a number of succinct presentations from specialists with lively Q&A and, as always, the opportunity to network with peers.
    [Post-event report here.]


    14 July 2013 - 3rd Annual MedComms Rounders Tournament and Family Fun Day, Alderley Park

    The success of last year's tournament had led to much anticipation in the build up to this, the third MedComms Rounders Tournament and Family Fun Day which took place at the AZ leisure club in Cheshire on a very hot and sunny day. It was attended by an enthusiastic crowd of more than 100 players, supporters and children who watched a close fought tournament between seven teams.
    [Post-event report here.]


    10 July 2013 - Medical Writing Careers Session, London

    This was the fourth time we have run this event in London. Once again we had an enthusiastic audience of post-docs and DPhil/PhD students and others from the biomedical sciences departments within and around London and from other Universities, who met with a number of medical communications professionals for a highly engaging session which presented medical writing and account management in MedComms as attractive career options.
    [Post-event report here.]


    20-21 May 2013 - Careers Insight Workshop, Oxford University - Medical Writing in MedComms

    This was the sixth time we'd run this 2-day workshop with funding from Oxford University and the support of several leading MedComms agencies. Delegates with a genuine interest in joining the MedComms industry heard from a superb line up of speakers about the pharmaceutical industry, the role of MedComms agencies and the specifics about working as a medical writer and some of the activities they would expect to undertake. We were able to highlight related writing roles as well as other roles within the agencies such as Account Management.
    [Post-event report here.]


    7 May 2013 - Better communication means better patient outcomes: vision or illusion?, Manchester

    This was our first joint meeting run together with the European Medical Writers Association (EMWA) and took place on the eve of the 36th EMWA Conference. A large audience participated in an excellent and very engaging Q&A session with an expert panel led by Mark Duman, Chair of the Patient Information Forum (PiF). Everyone got a lot out of the event and hopefully we can look forward to more such combined meetings with EMWA in the future when opportunity allows.
    [Post-event report here.]


    24 April 2013 - Medical Writing Careers Session, Manchester University

    This was the third time we have run this event in Manchester. Once again we had an enthusiastic audience of post-docs and DPhil/PhD students and others from the biomedical sciences departments within and around Manchester and from other Universities, who met with a number of medical communications professionals for a highly engaging session which presented medical writing and account management in MedComms as attractive career options.
    [Post-event report here.]


    18 April 2013 - Using Technology to Make Meetings Work Better, Oxford

    This event worked well with a full room and lots of audience participation. There were plenty of practical tips and insights into using technology such as iPads and Apps to increase audience engagement within a meeting room and some good discussion about the fast developing place of hybrid meeting formats to then engage with people outside the room.
    [Post-event report here.]


    17 January 2013 - Evening Networking event, Oxford

    Once again a large and enthusiastic crowd of MedComms specialists gathered at Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel in Oxford to celebrate the start of another year. It was an excellent opportunity to catch up with old acquaintances and make new contacts. And, as always, the event was entirely free of charge thanks to the generosity of the sponsors.
    [Post-event report here.]


    17 January 2013 - A critical look at the use of social media in MedComms, Oxford

    This was a lively and insightful discussion led by the team that is Digitally Sick about the challenges faced by MedComms and Pharma when trying to embrace and effectively use social media opportunities to engage with each other, the healthcare professionals, patients and other stakeholders.
    [Post-event report here.]


    10 January 2013 - Medical Writing Careers Session, Oxford University

    This was the seventh time we have run what is now established as an annual event. Once again we had an enthusiastic audience of post-docs and DPhil/PhD students and others from the biomedical sciences departments within and around Oxford and from other Universities, who met with a number of medical communications professionals for a highly engaging session which presented medical writing and account management in MedComms as attractive career options.
    [Post-event report here.]


    6 December 2012 - Running Meetings for a Pharmaceutical Client in 2013? What you Need to Know and Why, Macclesfield

    This was another excellent and insightful afternoon's meeting, combining a number of succinct presentations from specialists with lively Q&A and, as always, the opportunity to network with peers.
    [Post-event report here.]


    13 July 2012 - Medical Writing Careers Session, Institute of Education, London

    This was the third time we have run this event in London. Once again we had an enthusiastic audience of post-docs and DPhil/PhD students and others from the biomedical sciences departments within and around London and from other Universities, who met with a number of medical writing and communications professionals for a highly engaging session which presented medical writing as an attractive career option.
    [Post-event report here.]


    11 July 2012 - New developments and innovative solutions in medical communications, Macclesfield

    This was another excellent and insightful afternoon's meeting, combining a number of succinct presentations from specialists with lively Q&A and, as always, the opportunity to network with peers.
    [Post-event report here.]


    2 July 2012 - New developments and innovative solutions in medical communications, Oxford

    An interesting afternoon hearing about new developments in MedComms and seeing some new technologies in action.
    [Post-event report here.]


    1 July 2012 - 2nd Annual MedComms Rounders Tournament and Family Fun Day, Alderley Park

    The success of last year's tournament had led to much anticipation in the build up to this, the second MedComms Rounders Tournament and Family Fun Day which took place at the AZ leisure club in Cheshire on a not very warm, not very sunny day. It was attended by an enthusiastic crowd of around 100 players, supporters and children who watched a close fought tournament between six teams.
    [Post-event report here.]


    24-25 May 2012 - Careers Insight Workshop, Oxford University - Medical Writing in MedComms

    This was the fifth time we'd run this 2-day workshop with funding from Oxford University as well as the support of six leading MedComms agencies. Delegates with a genuine interest in joining the MedComms industry heard from a superb line up of speakers about the pharmaceutical industry, the role of MedComms agencies and the specifics about working as a medical writer and some of the activities they would expect to undertake. We were able to highlight related writing roles as well as other roles within the agencies such as Account Management.
    [Post-event report here.]


    13 March 2012 - Patient = Customer? Healthcare = FMCG? London

    An excellent discussion about the importance of involving the patients in the development of healthcare management and treatment strategies.
    [Post-event report here.]


    8 March 2012 - Medical Writing Careers Session, Manchester University

    This was the second time we have run this event in Manchester. Once again we had an enthusiastic audience of post-docs and DPhil/PhD students and others from the biomedical sciences departments within and around Manchester and from other Universities, who met with a number of medical writing and communications professionals for a highly engaging session which presented medical writing as an attractive career option.
    [Post-event report here.]


    19 January 2012 - European CME in Practice: Update and Case History discussion, Macclesfield

    A valuable meeting which reviewed regulations and practices around European CME. A case history approach helped the audience understand in detail what is the most appropriate approach that should be taken to gaining accreditation for European educational activities.
    [Post-event report here.]


    12 January 2012 - European CME in Practice: Update and Case History discussion, Oxford

    A valuable meeting which reviewed regulations and practices around European CME. A case history approach helped the audience understand in detail what is the most appropriate approach that should be taken to gaining accreditation for European educational activities.
    [Post-event report here.]


    9 January 2012 - Medical Writing Careers Session, Oxford University

    This was the sixth time we have run what is now established as an annual event. Once again we had an enthusiastic audience of post-docs and DPhil/PhD students and others from the biomedical sciences departments within and around Oxford and from other Universities, who met with a number of medical writing and communications professionals for a highly engaging session which presented medical writing as an attractive career option.
    [Post-event report here.]


    6 December 2011 - Recent controversies and questions in medical communications, Alderley Park

    This was an excellent and insightful afternoon's meeting, combining a number of succinct presentations from specialists with a workshop/Q&A session and, as always, the opportunity to network with peers. The objective was to reflect generally on the hot topics that have been debated during 2011 and to look forward to what might be important next year.
    [Post-event report here.]


    11 October 2011 - Evening briefing, Oxford - A Conversation with Doug Altman

    This informal Q&A-based discussion, held at the Magdalen Centre, The Oxford Science Park and led by Professor Doug Altman, gave us all an opportunity to explore and reflect on the challenging pathways that neeed to be navigated from data collection to publication and provided an opportunity to muse on how dissemination of scientific data will be best achieved in the future.
    [Post-event report here.]


    21 August 2011 - MedComms rounders tournament and family fun day

    The first MedComms Rounders Tournament and Family Fun Day took place at the AZ leisure club in Cheshire on a warm, mostly sunny day, and was attended by an enthusiastic crowd of around 100 players, supporters and children.
    [Post-event report here.]


    15 July 2011 - Medical Writing Careers Session, Institute of Education, London

    Everyone was welcome at this, our second London careers event. Once again we had an enthusiastic audience of post-docs and DPhil/PhD students and others from biomedical sciences departments from Universities all around the country, who met with a number of medical writing and communications professionals for a highly engaging session which presented medical writing and account management as attractive career options.
    [Post-event report here.]


    13 July 2011 - Networking Evening at Oxford

    Once again we had a large and enthusiastic crowd of MedComms specialists gathering at Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel in Oxford for the now traditional Summer evening event in the South. Once again the event was entirely free of charge thanks to the generosity of the sponsors.
    [Post-event report here.]


    13 July 2011 - Can Pharma get Social? meeting, Oxford

    We had an enthusiastic crowd meet at Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel in Oxford to hear from specialist ecademy digital coach, Karen Winterhalter, talking to us about the need for a changing mindset to deal with Social media. Pharma are widely criticized for not embracing social media, but who can blame them? Confusion abounds as to what the industry can do, and when, and how.
    [Post-event report here.]


    5 July 2011 - Networking Evening at Macclesfield

    Once again we had a large and enthusiastic crowd of MedComms specialists gathering at The Tytherington Club in Macclesfield for the now traditional Summer evening event in the North. Once again the event was entirely free of charge thanks to the generosity of the sponsors.
    [Post-event report here.]


    5 July 2011 - Can Pharma get Social? meeting, Macclesfield

    We had an enthusiastic crowd meet at The Tytherington Club in Macclesfield to hear from specialist ecademy digital coach, Karen Winterhalter, talking to us about the need for a changing mindset to deal with Social media. Pharma are widely criticized for not embracing social media, but who can blame them? Confusion abounds as to what the industry can do, and when, and how.
    [Post-event report here.]


    25 May 2011 - Briefing Meeting in London, A Conversation with Ben Goldacre

    We had a packed house at Hilton London Euston hotel. Ben has been a long-standing, and high profile, critic of some practices of the pharmaceutical industry and is currently working on a new book, due for publication in early 2012, which looks at the industry and its practices. This informal Q&A-based discussion gave us all an opportunity to explore and reflect on how the industry works and how it is perceived. As usual the meeting not only served as a valuable educational opportunity but also allowed plenty of time for networking with colleagues from across the MedComms business.
    [Post-event report here.]


    23-24 May 2011 - Careers Insight Workshop, Oxford University - Medical Writing in MedComms

    This 2-day workshop was run with funding from Oxford University as well as the support of six leading MedComms agencies. Delegates with a genuine interest in joining the MedComms industry heard from a superb line up of speakers about the pharmaceutical industry, the role of MedComms agencies and the specifics about working as a medical writer and some of the activities they would expect to undertake. We were able to highlight related writing roles as well as other roles within the agencies such as Account Management.
    [Post-event report here.]


    20 January 2011 - Networking Evening at Oxford

    Once again we had a large and enthusiastic crowd of MedComms specialists gathering at Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel for the now traditional Winter evening event in the South. Once again the event was entirely free of charge thanks to the generosity of the sponsors.
    [Post-event report here.]


    20 January 2011 - ABPI Briefing Meeting, Oxford

    We had a packed house at Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel. Timed perfectly to coincide with the launch of the new 2011 ABPI Code of Practice on 1 January 2011, Steven Gray (Founding Director of Compliance Hub) talked us through the new ABPI Code, reflected on the implications for other international Codes, and spent time discussing compliance in the digital environment which is one of his areas of speciality.
    [Post-event report here.]


    13 January 2011 - Networking Evening at Macclesfield

    Once again we had a large and enthusiastic crowd of MedComms specialists gathering at Sylk Restaurant and Wine Bar for the now traditional Winter evening event in the North. Once again the event was entirely free of charge thanks to the generosity of the sponsors.
    [Post-event report here.]


    13 January 2011 - ABPI Briefing Meeting, Macclesfield

    We had a packed house at Sylk Restaurant and Wine Bar. Timed perfectly to coincide with the launch of the new 2011 ABPI Code of Practice on 1 January 2011, Steven Gray (Founding Director of Compliance Hub) talked us through the new ABPI Code, reflected on the implications for other international Codes, and spent time discussing compliance in the digital environment which is one of his areas of speciality.
    [Post-event report here.]


    10 January 2011 - Medical Writing Careers Session, Oxford University

    This was the fifth time we have run what is now established as an annual event. Once again we had an enthusiastic audience of post-docs and DPhil/PhD students and others from the biomedical sciences departments within and around Oxford and from other Universities, who met with a number of medical writing and communications professionals for a highly engaging session which presented medical writing as an attractive career option.
    [Post-event report here.]


    15 December 2010 - Meet the Journal Publishers, Oxford

    A small but enthusiastic group who had braved the weather and travel conditions, and who had been able to avoid sickness, Christmas parties and school nativities, came to hear directly from the publishers about their journals, their unique working practices and their plans for the coming year. There were plenty of samples, lots of expertise and plenty of lively discussion in the room on the day. A larger audience were able to participate in the panel session by tuning in from around the world via UStream.
    [Post-event report here.]


    15 July 2010 - Networking Evening at The Living Room, Oxford

    Once again we had a large and enthusiastic crowd of MedComms specialists gathering for the now traditional Summer evening event in the South.
    [Post-event report here.]


    8 July 2010 - Networking Evening at Sylk's, Macclesfield

    Once again we had a large and enthusiastic crowd of MedComms specialists gathering for the now traditional Summer evening event in the North.
    [Post-event report here.]


    8 July 2010 - Lunchtime briefing, Alderley Park - Innovation in Publication Planning

    This session was led by the global publications management team at AstraZeneca and comprised discussion around a number of real-life case histories, the objective being to encourage creative thinking and problem solving in the publications arena.
    [Post-event report here.]


    5 July 2010 - Medical Writing Careers Session, Imperial College, London

    Our first careers event to be held in London and a great success again. An enthusiastic audience of post-docs and final year DPhil students from the biomedical sciences departments within and around London and other Universities met with a number medical writing and communications professionals for a highly engaging session which presented medical writing as an attractive career option.
    [Post-event report here.]


    24-25 May 2010 - Careers Insight Workshop, Oxford University - Medical Writing in MedComms

    This 2-day workshop was run with funding from Oxford University as well as the support of six leading MedComms agencies. Delegates with a genuine interest in joining the MedComms industry heard from a superb line up of speakers about the pharmaceutical industry, the role of MedComms agencies and the specifics about working as a medical writer and some of the activities they would expect to undertake. We were able to highlight related writing roles as well as other roles within the agencies such as Account Management.
    [Post-event report here.]


    10 February 2010 - Evening briefing, Oxford - Crystal ball gazing: the future of medical publishing

    Publish and filter, not filter and publish was one of the key messages from Richard Smith as he argued his case for why medical publishing was indeed broken and needed fixing, and sketched out some scenarios for the future. A fascinating and stimulating evening which was well appreciated by the audience.
    [Post-event report here.]


    21 January 2010 - Networking Evening at the Oxford Thames Four Pillars Hotel

    An enthusiastic crowd gathered in Oxford from as far afield as Glasgow, London, Kent and Cambridge to celebrate the start of another new year with friends and colleagues from across the MedComms business.
    [Post-event report here.]


    14 January 2010 - Networking Evening at the Amber Lounge, Knutsford

    Despite the ongoing appalling weather conditions, an enthusiastic crowd from around South Manchester and Chester and well beyond gathered in Knutsford for a lively evening with champagne and more.
    [Post-event report here.]


    11 January 2010 - Medical Writing Careers Session for Oxford University Post-Docs

    The event was a great success again - an enthusiastic audience of post-docs and final year DPhil students from the biomedical sciences departments within and around Oxford and other Universities met with a number medical writing and communications professionals for a highly engaging session which presented medical writing as an attractive career option.
    [Post-event report here.]


    8 December 2009 - Evening briefing, Oxford - The changing face of cancer communications

    This event was led by Professor Gordon McVie, Managing Editor of ecancermedicalscience, the open access cancer journal founded by the European Institute of Oncology in Milan. Gordon told us the eCancer story (now Europe’s leading oncology channel/community), talked about the role of open access publishing and about EU initiatives on the future of cancer communications and more.
    [Post-event report here.]


    19 November 2009 - Evening briefing, London - Introducing Revalidation for all Practising Doctors in the UK

    Dr Ian Starke, Director of CPD, Royal Colleges of Physicians led a discussion about the introduction of revalidation for all practising doctors in the UK, and the implications for CPD provision. The formal introduction of revalidation started this week so the meeting was very timely.
    [Post-event report here.]


    1 October 2009 - Lunchtime briefing, London - The ins and outs of copyright licences.

    A well-attended meeting discussed just what you can do and what you can't do under the terms of the licences from the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA).
    [Post-event report here.]


    16 July 2009 - Networking Evening at the Oxford Thames Four Pillars Hotel

    A not-so-sunny evening spent inside, looking out at the lawns at the Oxford Thames Four Pillars Hotel. Still great fun, with great BBQ food and background music provided by a trio of jazz musicians.
    [Post-event report here.]


    2 July 2009 - Networking Evening at The Belle Epoque Brasserie, Knutsford

    A lovely, sunny evening spent on the Roof Garden. This event was sponsored by Brandcast Media, Carrot Pharma Recruitment, Oxfordshire Print and Zenopa.
    [Post-event report here.]


    19 May 2009 - Lunchtime briefing, Wilmslow - GPP2: New Good Publication Practice.

    A decade after the publication of the original guidelines, GPP2 has been developed by a steering committee of International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP) members. The development was coordinated by Chris Graf who joined us to explain the background, purpose and future plans for this new initiative.
    [Post-event report here.]


    14 May 2009 - Evening briefing, Oxford - GPP2: New Good Publication Practice.

    A decade after the publication of the original guidelines, GPP2 has been developed by a steering committee of International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP) members. The development was coordinated by Chris Graf who joined us to explain the background, purpose and future plans for this new initiative.
    [Post-event report here.]


    11-12 May 2009 - Careers Insight Workshop, Oxford University - Medical Writing in MedComms

    This 2-day workshop was run with funding from Oxford University as well as the support of six leading MedComms agencies. Delegates with a genuine interest in joining the MedComms industry heard from a superb line up of speakers about the pharmaceutical industry, the role of MedComms agencies and the specifics about working as a medical writer and some of the activities they would expect to undertake. We were able to highlight related writing roles as well as other roles within the agencies such as Account Management.
    [Post-event report here.]


    30 April 2009 - Lunchtime briefing, London - A new era of engagement in relationships between the pharmaceutical industry and the medical community.

    Emma D'Arcy, Leader of Strategic Insights at myPHID led a timely discussion about the new era of engagement in relationships between the pharmaceutical industry and the medical community and Neil Jones, Director of Branded Solutions at Medical Marketing Research International (MMRI) provided an excellent overview of the role of his product, COMM-NET as an incisive aid to KOL mapping and publication planning.
    [Post-event report here.]


    22 January 2009 - Networking Evening at the Oxford Thames Four Pillars Hotel, Sandford, Oxford

    A large and splendid gathering from across medical education, medical communications and medical publishing from as far afield as Glasgow and London and Kent as well as a strong local contingent.
    [Post-event report here.]


    15 January 2009 - Networking Evening at the Amber Lounge, Knutsford

    An enthusiastic crowd from around South Manchester and Chester and well beyond gathered in Knutsford for a lively evening which included champagne and a chocolate fountain!
    [Post-event report here.]


    12 January 2009 - Medical Writing Careers Session for Oxford University Post-Docs

    The event was a great success again - an enthusiastic audience of post-docs and final year DPhil students from the biomedical sciences departments within and around Oxford and other Universities met with a number medical writing and communications professionals for a highly engaging session which presented medical writing as an attractive career option.
    [Post-event report here.]


    26 November 2008 - Evening briefing, Oxford - Procurement of MedComms services: Facing up to the Challenges.

    This was a very illuminating and, dare I say, thought-provoking meeting for many of us. Like it or not change is coming very fast. Whilst that will bring with it a lot of form filling and maybe some pain for many people, the emphasis of the presentations from both speakers was on how everyone should be aiming for a win:win partnership. It is not simply about cutting costs, but it is about optimizing value and working together more efficiently.
    [Post-event report here.]


    5 November 2008 - Evening briefing, West London - CME - what's happening out there?

    Lawrence Sherman led an excellent discussion about CME.
    [Post-event report here.]


    24 September 2008 - Lunchtime briefing, Wilmslow - The 2008 ABPI Code of Practice – what is the impact for Med Ed?

    Steven Gray provided us with an excellent and in-depth review of the new ABPI Code of Practice 2008.
    [Post-event report here.]


    24 July 2008 - Networking Evening at the The Bodleian Library, Oxford

    The sun came out for a very civilised affair in Oxford at The Bodleian Library where a large crowd from across medical education, medical communications and medical publishing enjoyed a drink and a lite bite in the Divinity School and Quadrangle.
    [Post-event report here.]


    3 July 2008 - Networking Evening at The Belle Epoque Brasserie, Knutsford

    This was our second evening event to be held "up north" and about 50 individuals from across the spectrum of medical education, communications and publishing gathered at The Belle Epoque Brasserie in Knutsford for a very enjoyable evening.
    [Post-event report here.]


    1 July 2008 - Medical Writing Careers Session for Oxford University Post-Docs

    The event was a great success again - an enthusiastic audience of post-docs and final year DPhil students from the biomedical sciences departments within and around Oxford Universty met with a number medical writing and communications professionals for a highly engaging session which presented medical writing as an attractive career option.
    [Post-event report here.]


    10 June 2008 - One Day Workshop, London - Successful Publication Planning – Strategy, Ethics and Rules of Engagement.

    Liz Wager, Publications Consultant and Rosie Stather, Editorial Director at Adis Journals led a very successful full day workshop which explored all aspects of publication planning and publication strategy and also provided a large audience from across Medical Communications, Medical Education and Medical Publishing with a unique opportunity to network with their peers.
    [Post-event report here.]


    5 June 2008 - Evening briefing, Oxford - The New ABPI Code of Practice

    Steven Gray provided us with an excellent and in-depth review of the new ABPI Code of Practice 2008. Details of the new Code have only just now been published so this was a timely meeting for us all.
    [Post-event report here.]


    17-18 April 2008 - Careers Insight Workshop, Oxford University - Medical Writing in MedComms

    This 2-day workshop was intended as a pilot exercise and the immediate feedback has been excellent. The intention is to stay in touch with all delegates and track what happens - whether any get jobs and if so where and in what roles and how they get on.
    [Post-event report here.]


    19 March 2008 - Evening briefing, Uxbridge - The Changing Face of CME in Europe: where are we now?

    An enthusiastic group gathered for the third and final of our highly informative presentations from Eugene Pozniak looking at the complexities of developing effective CME activity in Europe.
    [Post-event report here.]


    5 March 2008 - Evening briefing, Oxford - The Changing Face of CME in Europe: where are we now?

    An enthusiastic group gathered for the second of our highly informative presentations from Eugene Pozniak looking at the complexities of developing effective CME activity in Europe.
    [Post-event report here.]


    20 February 2008 - Lunchtime briefing, Wilmslow - The Changing Face of CME in Europe: where are we now?

    An enthusiastic group gathered for a highly informative presentation from Eugene Pozniak looking at the complexities of developing effective CME activity in Europe.
    [Post-event report here.]


    31 January 2008 - Networking Evening at the Oxford Town Hall

    Once again we attracted more than 100 participants from across the MedComms spectrum and that despite bad weather (again!), severe road works outside and even worse traffic jams on the A34 leading to Oxford.
    [Post-event report here.]


    17 January 2008 - Networking Evening at the Amber Lounge, Knutsford

    Our first evening event "up north" attracted an enthusiastic crowd from across the spectrum of different agencies and publishers around South Manchester and Chester.
    [Post-event report here.]


    18 December 2007 - Medical Writing Careers Session for Manchester University Post-Docs

    The event was a great success - about 60 post-docs and final year PhD students from the biomedical and life sciences departments of Manchester University and others from the North West Hub of the UK GRAD programme met with some 25 medical writing and communications professionals for a highly engaging session which presented medical writing as an attractive career option. We hope to repeat the event at other locations in the near future.
    [Post-event report here.]


    21 November 2007 - Lunchtime briefing, Wilmslow - EFPIA Code 2007

    Nearly 50 of us gathered for a highly informative presentation from Joan Barnard looking at the new EFPIA Code and for a wide ranging Q&A about working with the various national and international codes.
    [Post-event report here.]


    13 November 2007 - Evening briefing, Oxford - EFPIA Code 2007

    More than 50 of us gathered for a highly informative presentation from Joan Barnard looking at the new EFPIA Code and for a wide ranging Q&A about working with the various national and international codes.
    [Post-event report here.]


    26 July 2007 - Networking Evening at the Oxford Thames Four Pillars Hotel in Sandford on the outskirts of Oxford

    The appalling weather over the previous few days completely failed to dampen spirits for more than 100 of us at the summer BBQ.
    [Post-event report here.]


    11 July 2007 - Medical Writing Careers Session for Oxford University Post-Docs

    The event was a great success - some 70 post-docs and final year DPhil students from the biomedical sciences departments within Oxford Universty met with some 25 medical writing and communications professionals for a highly engaging session which presented medical writing as an attractive career option. We hope to repeat the event at other locations in the near future.
    [Post-event report here.]


    4 July 2007 - Lunchtime briefing, Wilmslow - Ghosts in the machine?

    About 80 of us gathered for our first meeting in Cheshire and Liz Wager (Sideview) led a presentation and discussion entitled "Ghosts in the Machine?"
    [Post-event report here.]


    28 June 2007 - Lunchtime briefing, Oxford

    Dr Kamran Abbasi (CEO Onmedica, RSM Journal Editor and cricketing expert and blogger, ex-BMJ and ex-Dr Fosters) led a session looking at how Docs and other HCPs are working online and how the communications and publishing mix is changing.
    [Post-event report here.]


    31 May 2007 - Pub-meet at The Trout at Wolvercote, Oxford

    No admin, no registration, just an informal gathering on the night for those of us who felt so inclined. The Trout has long been a favourite of Morse and many other Oxford residents and has recently undergone a major refurbishment to mixed reviews, which were likewise reflected amongst our own group. It certainly looks smart, though, and you can't beat the location.


    26 April 2007 - Networking Evening at the QI Building, Oxford.

    (Almost) 100 of us gathered for the second time at the QI Club in central Oxford...
    [Post-event report here.]


    29 March 2007 - Lunchtime briefing, Oxford - Ghosts in the machine?

    More than 50 of us gathered at the Elsevier offices in Kidlington...
    [Post-event report here.]


    22 February 2007 - Pub-meet at the Fishes, North Hinksey Village Nr Botley, Oxford.

    No admin, no registration, just an informal gathering on the night for those of us who felt so inclined. A small but enthusiastic group of us relaxed after work in one of Oxford's better pubs - coming from as far afield as London and Henley for the occasion - and several of us stayed on for an excellent meal. No photos this time!


    25 January 2007 - Networking Evening at the the QI Building, Oxford.

    More than 100 of us gathered at the QI Club in central Oxford...
    [Post-event report here.]

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