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    MedComms Networking - 07 February 2023


    Are you keeping up with all the AI developments? I don't think I can anymore!

    ChatGPT reaches 100 million users two months after launch - crikey!

    Microsoft to integrate ChatGPT into Teams - watch for more announcements this week, apparently. Remember Bing, anybody?

    Bard: Google launches ChatGPT rival - Boom!

    We seem to be living in interesting times.

    Talking of such, after a couple of years of manic activity in #MedComms #freelance land, something a little odd is happening. At the end of last year it was becoming apparent, but everyone was exhausted and looking forward to a break. But this year is not turning out the way many expected.

    We've been talking about it amongst freelance subscribers to the MedComms Workbook service and it seems very definitely quieter. Not for everyone, of course, But it appears the majority are now seeing it. I'm wondering what's happening in the wider medical and healthcare communications world. Anyone care to comment and share their experience? Any ideas why it might be so? After a couple of crazy busy years is it just a natural calming down? Is it IR35 changes here in the UK? Is it a more fundamental shift in MedComms workload and resourcing? One challenge for freelancers has always been dealing with 'feast and famine', but just now feels different. I'd love to see some thoughts added to a new LinkedIn discussion I started here this morning. Care to comment - client types? Other freelancers?

    Some freelancers are dusting off their new business development hats!

    And that sounds like a good excuse for meeting in-person! So, yesterday I decided to go ahead and arrange another of our MedComms Workbook Workshops on 27 March, at the Oxford Science Park again. These workshops have previously been run primarily for subscribers. However, in the spirit of yet more strange times, at this event we'll welcome anyone who is currently freelancing in or around MedComms or who is thinking of doing so. The event is free of charge. Share your experiences with other freelancers and embrace the opportunity to learn from each other. It should be fun. Programme and registration details are here. If you've not been to one of these workshops before then you don't know what you've missed. Join us this year if you can.

    Meanwhile our regular weekly, Wednesday, #MedComms webinars started again last week with Beth Lesher and Larry Radican of OPEN Health taking to us about HEOR Writing: The Ins and Outs of Value Communications. The recording is freely available at

    And we've another big crowd signing up for tomorrow when Jayne Packham returns for her 'scheduled' webinar, ABPI Code of Practice - key takeaways from recent agency cases and Code updates. If you missed the 'unscheduled' EXTRA webinar 10 days ago then that recording, New PMCPA social media guidance - key takeaways for MedComms, is also freely available. Along with hundreds more at

    There's lots more coming. Stay well, everyone. Keep the discussions going, using #MedComms.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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