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    MedComms Networking - 30 March 2021


    (Sometimes) I love this technology! Last Summer's comprehensive survey of the medical communications community was finally published on Friday in the March 2021 issue of EMWA's journal, Medical Writing. "Challenges of working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic: A survey to inform working practices" was authored by Tim Hardman, Steven Walker and myself.

    And now comments are being sought for a Home Working Charter for medical communications by Tim, Steven and Catherine Lee. What do you think? Useful? Not useful? Let them know.

    Meanwhile, the survey highlighted the need for suitable home working spaces, yet only a minority of respondents had undergone a home working assessment. More recently, the 6th annual MedComms Barometer survey in January 2021 reinforced those same findings. This shines a severe spotlight on our working spaces. Our chairs. Our desks. Our working environment. At home, some are working on their bed. Or clustered around the kitchen table alongside their kids.

    Entirely coincidently, last week I also chatted with Ergonomics Specialist, James Crow (POSTURE STARS) about his recent work with a MedComms agency to support their staff in optimising their working spaces. That seemed a particularly good idea to me.

    Technology now means no decent excuse for not enabling discussion amongst a wider group. So, today at 14.00 UK time we'll run an Extra #MedComms Webinar. What can we do individually to improve our own productivity and avoid painful consequences? And, importantly, what should employers be doing to support their staff to work effectively and safely at home? Grab a coffee and join us.

    If you're too busy, catch up later at where we'll post the recording tonight.

    Last week's webinar featured Su Allen, Amber Fensome, Lindsey Pritchard and Lisa White, all of Highfield and we talked about the impact of technology on medical communications and on the wider medical communities. Great discussion. Now they'd like your help with a short survey. Please share your thoughts here on what could the post-COVID-19 era look like for medical communications?

    That's what I love. Everyone can join the discussions. And there's lots more coming.

    Next week on Wednesday 7 April, we'll talk about Extending the reach of medical publications: What's to discuss? with Jon Lynne-Davies (TrendMD), Ana Bozas (Director, Global Medical Communications, Akcea Therapeutics) and Jamie Weiss (Head of Global Publications, LEO Pharma). We'll explore different ways to ensure the science is seen/read and understood by the intended audience and ask; what are the challenges in doing so? What has been successful? How was success measured? Please join us. Everyone's welcome.

    And then on 14 April I'm looking forward to chatting with Dan Buckland and Tom Evans, specialists from Brandcast, who will give us an introduction to the User Experience (UX) discipline, how it should be integrated into a project process, what value it can add, and how working with a UX consultant can bridge the gap between strategy, content and design. Again, everyone's welcome.

    Stay well everyone. Work hard, but sit comfortably. Look after your back.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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