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 The text and links included below, by definition, were accurate on the day of publication, but may then become outdated.

    MedComms Networking - 06 December 2022


    None of us would honestly argue that MedComms has historically been renowned as an inclusive working environment, despite the nature and diversity of topics we deal with day-to-day. In recent years, however, we've clearly made progress. For some years, many in MedComms have gradually embraced more flexible working practices, and the pandemic gave everyone a gigantic kick forwards. MedComms businesses boomed in the last couple of years. Those changing working practices and increasing use of digital tools proved remarkably effective. Perhaps one of the less talked about aspects of the 'new normal' is how we are all much more aware of the 'stuff' that's going on in each others' lives. How we're more accommodating of the needs of others, for flexibility and understanding, as kids and cats appeared in online meetings.

    What's it really like though, building a career in MedComms whilst coping with invisible disabilities? It's an important conversation.

    Last week's webinar, Building a diverse MedComms workforce: Including people with (in)visible disabilities, provided an opportunity to listen to some personal stories. Jayne Carey-George is Scientific Director at Sciterion and was born with severe-to-profound hearing loss. Hayley Hubberstey is the Director of Patient Engagement at COUCH Health. She has recently been diagnosed with ADHD, has experienced herself and cared for others with long term health conditions. Simon Stones is Medical Writer at Envision Pharma Group who has been a carer and has coped with psoriatic arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and a number of other conditions since childhood.

    Kudos to panellists and audience for the open, and indeed inspirational, discussion. I hope everyone will take the 45 minutes to watch the recording that is freely available to all at - feedback welcome.

    Meanwhile, a flurry of activity to end the year includes a series of online Masterclasses, based on sessions at our recent in-person #MedComms event at Heathrow.

    Recordings are now freely available at with Vicky Sherwood leading Top 10 Tips for Passing a Medical Writing Test and Eleanor Steele leading Investigating MedComms career options. What's right for you?

    We've another on Thursday, How can you use LinkedIn to further your career in MedComms? led by Sarah Nelson, and on Monday I'm joined by Katia Chrysostomou for her session, Adopting an effective jobseekers' mindset. Everyone's welcome.

    Importantly, tomorrow is the last of this year's #MedComms Wednesday Webinars. Our annual Meet the Medical Publishers event features Hamish McDougall (SAGE Publishing), Jan Seal-Roberts (Adis, Springer Healthcare), Kelly Soldavin (Taylor and Francis) and Joanne Walker (Becaris Publishing) for what's likely to be lively discussion providing valuable insights.

    Next Wednesday, I hope many of you will join us for Forgotten Patients, Overlooked Diseases and Lost Health Solutions. Not our webinar, but an important one that one we are pleased to support. Please encourage all relevant others to join us.

    P.S. are you watching the news and developments around ChatGPT this week? Add your thoughts to this LinkedIn discussion. Change is coming!

    There's lots more coming in 2023! Stay well, everyone.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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