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    MedComms Networking - 20 April 2021


    First off, a huge shout out to the freelance subscribers to our service who helped with the latest annual issue of "Making it my own business: a guide to being a freelance writer in MedComms", which we published last week. Feedback welcomed. These are interesting times for freelancers and hopefully the guide will help anyone taking the leap. Thanks to Mike Cherrington at PIA Commercial for supporting the publication.

    If you're interested in freelancing, then join us for next week's #MedComms webinar on 28 April. The guide's author, Kathryn White, will happily answer your questions. Kathryn will be accompanied by Steph Carter, Lucy Clements and Jennie Pollard, all freelance medical writers who contributed to the updated guide. We'll talk about how MedComms is an area that offers experienced medical writers the opportunity to 'go it alone', with plenty of variety in terms of the type of projects and therapeutic areas. However, working as a freelancer means running a business. It's not enough to simply be a good writer. You'll also be responsible for sales, marketing, IT support, training, finance and more.

    And these are particularly challenging times for freelancers. As those of you who work in the UK know, new IR35 tax rules are currently causing all sorts of confusion. If you are caught up in the debacle (is that too strong a word?), you might be interested in an article published last week by the IPSE, "Outside IR35 indemnity clauses are everywhere, but are they enforceable?" and you might like to attend their free webinar this Thursday, 22 April, "IR35 and Statements of Work - are they a solution and what are the risks?".

    These are interesting times for everyone.

    We recently ran a webinar, Insights into medical communications during the COVID pandemic: The independent agency perspective with the team from Highfield. They're running a short follow-up survey, What could the post-COVID-19 era look like for medcomms?, and would appreciate your input. Closing date 30 April. It'll only take 10 minutes.

    If you missed last week's #MedComms webinar, then catch up with the free recording here. Dan Buckland and Tom Evans, specialists from Brandcast Health did an excellent job of talking us through the application of User Experience (UX) principles, how they should be integrated into a project process and what value they can add. It's another great example of a video you can use as the basis of your own lunch and learn or similar event. Gather your team, stream the recording and discuss how the ideas might affect your own projects.

    And here's two more events that should be of interest:

    The Healthcare Communications Association (HCA) have offered free places to anyone in this community to attend their online event, "Writing for Equity and Inclusion", tomorrow 21 April. Book here - limited places left.

    And The European Medical Writers Association (EMWA) asked for a shout out for their upcoming Spring-virtual Conference and Symposium. See you there, next month!

    Busy, busy, busy... And there's lots more coming.


    Peter Llewellyn
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