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    MedComms Networking - 16 November 2021


    Did you read my short article on LinkedIn last week? How have the new IR35 tax rules in the UK affected #MedComms freelancers?, reports a quick survey I ran, 1-8 November, of the MedComms Workbook freelancers, and includes links to the full data set. Some freelancers have now added useful comments and questions to the article, but it's notable that no client types have offered any insights. We all know there's a significant resourcing challenge out there, across our MedComms community, so it would be great to read more thoughts from everyone about whether IR35 is then a complicating factor. This isn't just a UK issue. Lots of national governments are thinking about employment vs self-employment and looking to raise more tax! But it can strike at the heart of freelancer-client relationships.

    "#MedComms is booming" is a frequent cry just now and was a clear theme during last week's webinar. Maybellene Kisseih, Maz Reive and Julia Walton, all Specialist Recruiters from Media Contacts, offered plenty of practical advice. If you are looking to start in the business, they're all happy to hear from you and to review your CV and offer advice. There's lots of work to be done in MedComms and recruitment activity in our sector has never been busier at all levels. The recording is free to watch, any time, at

    Tomorrow, Wednesday 17 November, we'll specifically talk about working as a medical publications professional. I'll be joined by Harriet King (Senior Account Director), Kate Stafford (Creative Lead), Simon Stones (Medical Writer) and Juliet West (Senior Editor) from Envision Pharma Group, sponsors of our annual FirstMedCommsJob careers guide, "Ensuring timely dissemination of research: A guide to working as a medical publications professional". Everyone's welcome, please join us.

    Then next week we'll be joined by a heavy-weight panel of industry experts to reflect on the current status of the MedComms meetings business. We'll draw on presentations and workshop discussions that took place recently in Madrid, at the m&i Healthcare Europe 2021 event in October 2021. How should we decide between face-to-face, hybrid or fully virtual activities? How do we manage the logistics? How do we manage expectation of the participants. How do we plan for contingencies? Our panel will be Mark Lightowler (Founder and CEO, Phorix), Braydon McCormick (Founder and CEO, Intempio) and Andrew Winterburn (Director, 3Sixty Event Consulting). Again, everyone's welcome, please join us.

    There's lots more coming, including our now traditional pre-Christmas #Medcomms Forum on 15 December, organised with Steven Walker of St Gilesmedical London and Berlin. This year we'll talk about succeeding in MedComms, despite what life throws at us. The programme is coming together quickly now and we're adding names of panellists as they are confirmed. So you can better enjoy the break between sessions, we'll send the first 50 registrants who provide a UK address to Steven at posh tea bags and two homemade mince pies... Happy Christmas! Please join us.

    Stay well, everyone.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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