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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 The text and links included below, by definition, were accurate on the day of publication, but may then become outdated.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 - 27 April 2021


    Today we launched the 4th annual Healthcare Communications Workforce Insight Survey. Developed by Paramount Recruitment and supported each year by the #MedComms Networking community, summaries and webinar reports of previous surveys are freely available on our surveys page.

    [Please complete this year's survey here and encourage colleagues to join in.]

    Meanwhile, last week's webinar was full of useful insights from our regular panel of publishers who presented a series of case histories, demonstrating some practical ways to increase the reach of medical publications. Thanks Caroline Halford (Springer Healthcare), Hamish McDougall (SAGE Publishing), Kelly Soldavin (Taylor and Francis) and Joanne Walker (Future Science Group) for participating. Watch the video here.

    Last week's webinar followed our earlier one, about publication extender technologies and solutions with Jon Lynne-Davies (TrendMD), Ana Bozas (Akcea Therapeutics) and Jamie Weiss (LEO Pharma) when we asked "What's to discuss" and we'll follow it with a third webinar on this important topic on 26 May when we'll talk about working on digital enhancements in practice with Patricia Fonseca about the results of her ongoing survey. Please find 10 minutes to complete Patricia's survey here, and help inform our discussions.

    Taking about the publications business, the 17th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP) was held virtually this month. You'll find valuable insights in the three reports (day 1, day 2, day 3) from Aspire Scientific that are now available on The Publication Plan news service.

    A major talking point at all meetings now, of course, is the place of Plain Language Summaries (PLS) and I've been asked to give a shout out for a free webinar about those on 5 May, from The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP) in the USA. You can sign up here.

    Meanwhile, our own #MedComms webinars continue. Tomorrow, we talk about freelancing. That could be lively. These are interesting times for freelancers. Everyone's welcome. Particularly anyone who's thinking of taking the leap.

    Next week we'll hear about how entrepreneurialism is embraced as part of the company culture at Oxford PharmaGenesis. and the week after we'll discuss making the transition from medical writing to value communications.

    Oh, and very importantly, make a note of 9 June. That's #MedComms Day 2021. It's my last, so please let’s make it bigger and better than ever! I'll start with our regular meeting of New Zealand medical writers and guests at 11.00 New Zealand time. We'll journey across time zones and at 12.00 UK time our #MedComms Webinar features a global panel from McCann Health Medical Communications (details TBC). Onwards towards wine o'clock in the UK when I'll raise a glass with the freelancers. Then we finish with some informal networking, West Coast USA style, at 12.00 Pacific time. In between, who knows what will happen. There are no rules. Please, everyone, join in. However, whenever, wherever - and as loudly - as you like.

    Stay well. There's lots more coming.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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