Managed by NetworkPharma

Managed by

Facilitating Networking and Information Sharing amongst Pharmaceutical and MedComms, Medical Communications, Medical Education and Medical Publishing Specialists

This global initiative facilitates networking and dialogue amongst individuals working in and around the pharmaceutical industry and MedComms, focusing on specialist medical education, medical communications and medical publishing activities.
Why not sign up to our weekly newsletter and please, help spread the word amongst all relevant others.


  • Home
  • About us
  • Testimonials
  • Events
  • Useful Reading
  • In the News
  • Companies
  • Independents
  • Services
  • Training Room
  • Job Adverts
  • Twittering
  • Webcasts
  • Podcasts
  • Starting out
  • Weekly Newsletter
  • Weekly Comment
  • Survey data
  • Sponsors

  • MedComms Networking on Facebook

    MedComms Networking on Linkedin

    MedComms Networking on Twitter

    MedComms Networking on YouTube

    MedComms Networking is sponsored by:

    Many thanks to all the Sponsors of MedComms Networking


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 The text and links included below, by definition, were accurate on the day of publication, but may then become outdated.

    MedComms Networking - 05 October 2021


    Did you shudder yesterday, as Facebook et al went "off air"? Just a few hours, yet chaos for some. I was relatively unscathed. Today, though. Disaster! My internet provider is doing more "essential work in my area". Now all the workers in my house have serious problems. Stress levels have rocketed. It's the third such day of "essential work" in the last couple of months. We had been lulled into a false sense of security having only lost maybe half an hour's connectivity or so on each previous occasion.

    Today, at 4 hours and counting, I had walked the dog further than usual, done the washing up and set the washing machine on its cycle, used my mobile phone to answer as many emails as I could (complete with more typos than usual, probably) and couldn't delay heavy-duty work any longer.

    I de-camped to alternative, temporary (noisy) accommodation with guest WiFi.

    I hate working off a laptop. It's so much slower than my usual desktop and multi-screen arrangement.

    It works. I'll do what needs to be done. But my productivity will plummet. I'll work even later tonight. I'll prepare for tomorrow’s #MedComms Webinar with fingers crossed tightly.

    Which neatly leads me to last week's #MedComms webinar. We talked about new working practices and how we are coping with the disruption we've all faced. Tim Hardman (Director, Niche Science and Technology) and Steven Walker (Director, St Gilesmedical) reviewed key findings from our recent survey. You can now watch the recording on and note we've provided a PDF copy of the slides here.

    I find the results fascinating. There's much to celebrate. MedComms appears to be doing well. Many respondents are busier than ever. Maybe too busy? But whilst most say their employers are supporting them well, a significant minority are clearly struggling. Whilst many employers are talking about future working practices, very few are updating contracts yet. And surely there are still not enough health and safety type assessments?

    Please watch the video. Gather your team. Discuss your working practices. Experiences and solutions are very individual. We barely skimmed the surface but, hopefully, we provided food for thought.

    Something to ponder. Has COVID-19 finally forced us all to break down some of the invisible barriers to work and productivity? Can more people now flourish whatever their situation/circumstances (e.g. health issues, care needs, aging, etc)? Has COVID-19 inadvertently paved the way for inclusivity like never before? Or have we created unforeseen consequences (reduced chances for career progression etc)? Are inequalities worsening?

    Meanwhile, tomorrow we'll talk about working in regulatory medical writing. Please tell any wannabe writers you know!

    And next week, Sue O'Leary, Jenn Blackham, and Michelle Collins from Prime Global will present some recent research and discuss the digital perspectives of payers as we plan for next year and reassess the needs of clients. Everyone's welcome.

    Stay safe and well, everyone. And keep a friendly eye on each other.

    There's lots more coming. Details are kept bang up-to-date here


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
    Follow me on Twitter @NetworkPharma
    Join more than 6,000 international colleagues in the MedComms Networking Linkedin Group
    The information at is always bang up-to-date!


    Subscribe to the weekly MedComms Networking email newsletter here - it's entirely free of charge!

    This web site and associated activities are being managed by NetworkPharma Ltd, Magdalen Centre, The Oxford Science Park, Oxford, OX4 4GA, UK
    Telephone +44 (0) 1865 784390 Email: