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    MedComms Networking - 11 May 2021


    Here in the UK we're marking Mental Health Awareness week. My social media feeds are full of commentary, memes and announcements from MedComms agencies about initiatives for their staff and support for wider activities aimed at reconnecting everyone with nature. If we've learnt one thing this past year, it's how vulnerable many of us are if suddenly robbed of the social norms and constructs we've grown up with, and if we lose touch with supportive networks we've often built through work. Working remotely can be fun, beneficial, productive... But it can also be cruelly isolating. In organisations, the effectiveness - or otherwise - of management styles and of individual managers has been exposed to intense scrutiny.

    I'm well known as a grumpy old bloke, but I'm generally jolly enough on Zoom calls. Once the call ends, though, do I ever slump and sob in a corner? Only Ted, the office pup, knows. In the office environment it can be difficult to hide. At home, it can be lonely.

    A sense of community can be valuable and I guess that's what I hope MedComms Networking is about. Like any community, the more you contribute the more you benefit. Like any community, everyone has a different view of quite what it's all about and, often, opposing views of how it should run. But, overall, everyone benefits.

    Our annual celebration of A day in the life of MedComms is one brief, crazy, extended day in the diary when we unashamedly demonstrate that sense of community.

    On #MedComms day there is no actual plan. All sorts of people working in and around MedComms get involved in different ways. And do their own thing. Much of the activity won't be reported on formally, but we collect a number of contributions at to give you a taste of what happens and you'll find all sorts of activity over on Twitter and Linkedin and Instagram and elsewhere. Look for hashtag #MedComms.

    Please join in. Wherever in the world you are.

    Meanwhile, our weekly MedComms webinars provide a regular, small way to connect the community. Last week we heard about the entrepreneurial company culture at Oxford PharmaGenesis. Watch the recording here. Tomorrow, we'll discuss writing about value communications with Nick leach and Andria Pelava at redthread. Register here. Next week, the The Porterhouse Medical Advisory Group (MAG) reflect on the value of a medical degree for a career in MedComms. Register here.

    There's lots more coming.

    We'll end the current series of weekly #MedComms webinars on 14 July, so I can catch my breath. Perhaps appropriately, we end with Paul Hutchings, founder of fox&cat and key members of his network talking about a holistic approach to managing pressure in MedComms. Register here.

    Stay well, meanwhile.

    P.S. Take 10 minutes to complete The 4th annual Salary and Workforce Insight survey, produced by Paramount Recruitment and supported by MedComms Networking. We passed 400 responses today. More, please. The results will be presented at a webinar on 16 June.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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