A brief addendum for MedComms Day 2021

I for one was quickly overwhelmed by the social media type activity on #MedComms Day. I treat all online metrics with caution, but it’s interesting to reflect on them. Interestingly, LinkedIn seemed far and away the busiest platform (but how to measure it?). Meanwhile Twitter Tracker results are below. Food for thought at least.

That’s it now at MedCommsDay.com, for this year at least. Scroll down to browse activity from the past 10 years, 2012-2021.

Whatever happens with #MedComms Day in the future, it’s been quite a journey! But, for now, the conversations and activities continue at and around MedCommsNetworking.com – please join us there. And please help spread the #MedComms word however you like.

Many thanks to the many who participated and supported us, one way or another.

Cheers

Peter Llewellyn, NetworkPharma Ltd, founder of the global MedComms Networking Community and Curator of the Day in the Life of MedComms.

Find me on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/networkpharma/

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The morning after MedComms Day 2021

So, that’s it. I always said I’d aim for 10 years and now we’ve done it.

It’s certainly been an experience. Fraught with techie problems and sleepless nights.

My last was very different from my first. The socal media activity yesterday was overwhelming.

Times have changed. The global #MedComms community itself has evolved hugely over 10 years.

I’m well aware that it could all have been slicker, bigger, bolder. But, perhaps, it’s not been a bad effort for one old chap and his Teddy! Supported, of course, in later years by Ted, the office pup.

Most importantly, my thanks to the many in the community who joined in and supported us.

That’s my last #MedComms Day. Ideas are floating around about how it can continue in other hands. For now, do keep the conversations going and, of course, there’s plenty more continuing at and around MedCommsNetworking.com – please join us there. And please help spread the #MedComms word.

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And that’s a wrap

I make no apologies for re-using my standard text below from previous years. I can’t see straight anymore! Goodnight, one and all.

I need some sleep and it does look like we’re finished here for the day. So I am calling a halt to our #MedComms Day 2021. It’s been interesting, but a lot of work again. Hopefully it’s provided a useful insight into the specialist business we call MedComms and been a bit of fun for everyone as well.

Please note, I’m very aware I now need to go back over some of the postings and tidy the content. Please feel free to email me at peter@networkpharma.com and point me at any errors that need fixing if you spot them before me.

I’d welcome comments and feedback so please do leave comments here or contact me directly. I am, as always, happy to chat anytime.

Meanwhile, please keep the conversations going on Twitter using hashtag #medcomms and join us at the MedComms Networking Facebook page and the MedComms Networking LinkedIn Group as well. Anyone working in or around MedComms is welcome to join in with the activities of the MedComms Networking Community.

Goodnight from us, wherever in the world you are now. I need a drink!

Cheers

Peter Llewellyn (and Ted and Teddy)

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A shout out for the Sponsors of MedComms Networking

As we prepare to start today’s celebration of a Day in the life of #MedComms aka #MedComms Day 2021, then I want a big shout out please for the current Sponsors of MedComms Networking. Without them, none of all this would be possible. Thanks guys!

Adelphi Communications, AMICULUM Ltd, Ashfield Health, Bioscript, Brandcast Health, Envision Pharma Group, Fishawack Health, Helios Medical Communications, Highfield, inScience Communications, Insight Medical Writing, Langland, Lucid Group, McCann Health Medical Communications, NexGen Healthcare Communications, nspm, Ogilvy Health, OPEN Health, Oxford PharmaGenesis and Prime Global.

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What’s happening here on 9 June 2021?

On 9 June 2021, we’re once again celebrating the global business that is MedComms. Please join in and help spread the word. This is the tenth year we’re running this annual event. So, here’s the standard blurb, as we start #MedComms Day 2021 and look forward to our first posts, which, all being well, will come in from New Zealand. Then we’ll track across the time zones and finish as the sun sets somewhere on the West coast of the USA – enjoy it, everyone!

Led by members of the MedComms Networking Community, but open to anyone and everyone involved in and around MedComms, anywhere in the world, we hope to be able to capture a representative snapshot of working life in our specialist business. All feedback is welcomed. We’ll be posting stories here on this web site throughout the day, and we’re expecting lots of activity on Twitter and LinkedIn and other social media platforms, using hashtag #medcomms.

How it will work:

We’re expecting lots of social media activity from people across the world who will be posting updates directly via their accounts. Importantly, anyone can then contribute stories, news, photos, videos and so on, to this web site, by emailing a message to Peter Llewellyn of NetworkPharma Ltd, email peter@networkpharma.com who will be responsible for posting and curating the content here, throughout the day. Clearly, we need to adhere to professional standards of good taste and decency and avoid any risk of compromising client confidentiality, but beyond that we simply hope to demonstrate the wide variety of activities that are being undertaken on any day, reflect the highs and lows of working life, and maybe show us having a little fun along the way!

We’re looking forward to seeing what is happening in the world of MedComms on 9 June 2021. Prizes will, of course, be on offer to anyone who sends in particularly noteworthy contributions.

If you have any questions during or after the day, please contact Peter Llewellyn, email peter@networkpharma.com to whom you should also send all contributions for postings.

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Note: Peter Llewellyn runs the MedComms Networking Community. This global initiative facilitates networking and dialogue amongst individuals working in and around the pharmaceutical industry and MedComms, focusing on specialist medical education, medical communications and medical publishing activities. Why not sign up to our weekly newsletter and please, help spread the word amongst all relevant others.

NW London Freelancers will be meeting online on MedComms Day 2021

Corinne Swainger is  a freelance medical writer and has for a long time now arranged regular, informal dinner meetings of a group of MedComms freelancers based around NW London and further afield.  Freelancing can be quite isolating and it’s really useful to have a group you can chat with from time to time and to call upon for advice.

Because of COVID-19 it’s now been a while since they’ve last met and so they are using #MedComms Day 2021 as an excuse to catch up. On Zoom, of course!

Corinne has said if any other freelancers would like to join them (at 13.30 BST) then please to contact her on email corinne@mediquill.com

Let me know your own plans to help spread the #MedComms word on 9 June. Wherever in the world you’ll be.

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Chat with Tom on MedComms Day 2021

It looks like we’ll be seeing a number of #MedComms agencies specifically aiming to attract the attention of wannabes on MedComms Day 2021. A word to the wise; MedComms is thriving and there’s a lot of recruitment activity at the moment. If you are interested in a career in MedComms, do make use of these opportunities to chat with the insiders.

Here’s what AMICULUM are doing…

For this year’s MedComms Day on Wednesday 9 June, Tom Davies (Global Recruitment Lead) and the careers team have cleared their calendars to chat to you all about life at AMICULUM and career opportunities in healthcare communications!

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Let me know your own plans to help spread the #MedComms word on 9 June. Wherever in the world you’ll be.

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Learn about a Lucid life on MedComms Day 2021

Hopefully we’ll see plenty of individual initiatives from the #MedComms agencies on 9 June as we all celebrate a day in the life of MedComms. In particular there will be lots of insights for those who are wanting to pursue a career in MedComms.

Here’s what Lucid are doing…

They have dedicated 30 min slots that you can book to have a confidential 1:1 chat with one of the Lucid leaders or talent acquisition managers. They’ll be ready to answer any questions you may have.

[BOOK YOUR PLACE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT A LUCID LIFE]

Let me know your own plans to help spread the #MedComms word on 9 June. Wherever in the world you’ll be.

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Panel confirmed for free webinar on MedComms Day 2021

We run a free weekly #MedComms webinar most Wednesdays and #MedComms Day is no different. We’re delighted to confirm the details below. Everyone’s welcome, please help spread the word.

An exciting outlook for Medical Communications globally

Venue: Global
Date: 12.00 UK time, 09 June 2021 (note the time zone!)

It’s MedComms Day! The MedComms sector is thriving. If anything the COVID-19 pandemic has shone a bright spotlight on the need for accurate, timely scientific exchange and how MedComms specialists can play a pivotal role in facilitating that activity. In this webinar we are joined by representatives from McCann Health Medical Communications. Charlie Buckwell (Global President), Faye Daley (HR Coordinator and Lead for their Mental Health First Aiders programme), Bomi Oladosu (Medical Writer and Member of their D&I Council) and Michael Stevinson (Global Head of Caudex) will reflect on the journey that MedComms has taken to where we are today and discuss current priorities and ponder future opportunities. And we answer questions from the audience.

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Let me know your own plans to help spread the #MedComms word on 9 June. Wherever in the world you’ll be.

Thanks ISMPP for supporting MedComms Day 2021

It’s great to be seeing lots of support for our 10th annual #MedComms Day. Do join in on 9 June, wherever in the world you are. Thanks ISMPP (International Society for Medical Publication Professionals) for highlighting it in today’s COMPASS newsletter.

Let’s see plenty of chat about how to more effectively extend the reach of publications on #MedComms Day!

Let me know your own plans to help spread the #MedComms word on 9 June. Wherever in the world you’ll be.

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Thanks EMWA for supporting MedComms Day 2021

It’s great to be seeing lots of support for our 10th annual #MedComms Day. Do join in on 9 June, wherever in the world you are. Thanks EMWA (European Medical Writers Association) for highlighting it in today’s  newsblast to your membership.

Let’s give a huge shout out on #MedComms Day for all the medical writers, not just in Europe but across the globe!

Let me know your own plans to help spread the #MedComms word on 9 June. Wherever in the world you’ll be.

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Putting Trust to the Test on MedComms Day 2021

Here’s news of a special event for #MedComms Day from the Healthcare Communications Association (HCA) in the UK. Free for all to attend…

Putting Trust to the Test

Date: 10.00 UK time on 9 June 2021

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Join us on #MedComms Day for a special event to hear the 2021 health sector results of the Edelman Trust Barometer – the largest, annual, global survey of trust in the world, looking at a year which has been like no other in our lifetimes. 

Whatever our role in healthcare communications our work both influences and is influenced by perception of trust in the healthcare sector.  Last year at the start of the pandemic we saw trust in the healthcare sector reach new highs. But what has happened as the pandemic has progressed and vaccines have been developed and vaccination programmes deployed?  How has trust in governments and the media been impacted?  And have any changes in trust been globally aligned or country specific? What are the implications for how we evolve in a post-lockdown world and better support our customers, clients, organisations, and people? How can you leverage these global and local insights to deliver more impactful outcomes for your health business as we navigate through whatever our new normal will look like?

Our event will feature a presentation by Edelman Global Managing Director and EMEA Health Practice Chair Carolyn Paul on this year’s results and will be followed by a robust panel discussion exploring the business and communication impacts for people working in the health industry.  This will be followed by a short Q&A with the audience.

Our panellists include:

  • Alice Choi, HCA Chair and Chief Operating Officer, McCann Health Medical Communications

  • Jane Symons, Vice Chair of the Medical Journalists’ Association and a freelance health writer, author and media consultant

  • Jo Taylor, Director EMEA Policy & Government Affairs, Seqirus & Chair of the HCA’s Foresight Committee

  • Andrew Powrie-Smith, Executive Director of Communications & Partnerships, EFPIA

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Let me know your own plans to help spread the #MedComms word on 9 June. Wherever in the world you’ll be.

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Will this help on MedComms Day 2021?

I’m not sure how many people I’ll meet face-to-face on #MedComms Day (though in previous years I have had unexpected visitors bearing cakes, so I live in hope) but, just in case, I’m now prepared! Do you think these might catch on in time for #MedComms Day on 9 June? I’ve got some face-masks to give away to UK-based #medcomms folks to use on the Day if you’re joining in. Message me however you like if you want one.

Let me know your own plans to help spread the #MedComms word on 9 June. Wherever in the world you’ll be.

Cheers

Peter

Try these (more options easily discoverable if you search “medcomms“)…

Linkedin | Twitter | Facebook

www.MedCommsNetworking.com

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What’s on the agenda for 2021?

The whole idea is that on #MedComms day there is no actual plan. All sorts of people working in and around MedComms get involved in many different ways. And do their own thing. Much of the activity won’t be reported on formally, but we collect a number of contributions here at MedCommsDay.com 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.

We will, though, have some special events again, spanning the time zones, which anyone can join in with:

SPECIAL EVENTS

7th occasional Zoom meeting of New Zealand medical writers and guests

Venue: Global
Date: 11.00 New Zealand Time, 09 June 2021 (note the time zone!)

It’s MedComms Day! Our occasional meetings of the New Zealand medical writers – and guests – have worked well and it’s now a tradition to run one to help kick off the celebrations for MedComms Day. Everyone is welcome. This is an informal group that has been facilitated by Peter Llewellyn who is based in the UK. We welcome medical writers and indeed anyone working in or around MedComms, whether based in New Zealand or not. Regulars attend from Australia and Japan and elsewhere.

At this meeting, all being well, the intention is then to hand over to Amanda Mao and Daniel McGowan who have volunteered to lead these meetings in future. They are well placed to lead relevant discussions and to respond to the local regional interests.

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WEEKLY #MEDCOMMS WEBINAR

An exciting outlook for Medical Communications globally

Venue: Global
Date: 12.00 UK time, 09 June 2021 (note the time zone!)

It’s MedComms Day! The MedComms sector is thriving. If anything the COVID-19 pandemic has shone a bright spotlight on the need for accurate, timely scientific exchange and how MedComms specialists can play a pivotal role in facilitating that activity. In this webinar we are joined by Charlie Buckwell, Global President of McCann Health Medical Communications and some of his colleagues to reflect on the journey that MedComms has taken to where we are today, to discuss current priorities and ponder future opportunities. And we answer questions from the audience.

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MedComms Workbook Huddle – open to all on MedComms Day 2021

Venue: Global
Date: 18.00 UK time, 09 June 2021 (note the time zone!)

We’ll be online at 18.00 (wine o’clock) UK time for a drink and a chat, and today we’ll happily raise a glass to celebrate MedComms Day 2021 with whoever turns up. Everyone welcome. Any discussions will primarily focus on freelance life in and around MedComms, but it will be very informal and we welcome all comers to join us. Nobody will mind if you have a toddler on your knees or a dog cuddling up close. Within reason! Please join us.

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MedComms Networking West Coast USA style

Venue: Global
Date: 12.00 Pacific Time, 09 June 2021 (note the time zone!)

It’s MedComms Day! Everyone is welcome. This is an informal group, facilitated by Peter Llewellyn who is based in the UK. We welcome anyone working in or around MedComms, whether based on the West Coast USA or not. Please join us. More details to come.

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Please let me know about any other activities that I can support from here. I’ll happily help where possible.

Cheers

Peter

 

Celebrate diversity in MedComms in 2021

This is it – we’ve made it to number 10! What a journey. Scroll down and down and down to see the many contributions from the past 9 years.

This next one will be my last, so please let’s make it bigger and better than ever. And this year let’s truly celebrate the breadth of diversity across the global MedComms community. Diversity in all its forms. And let me know if you’re interested in taking it from here.

It’s never too early to start planning so let’s get the date in the diary to work around – we’ll Celebrate a Day in the Life of MedComms in 2021 on Wednesday 9 June. Please send me your thoughts, ideas, offers of support and so on at peter@networkpharma.com.

Once again we expect contributions from across the globe, from Auckland in New Zealand to San Francisco in the USA, providing great insights into the MedComms working day. So get ready to dust off your Twitter account and use hashtag #MedComms.

Cheers

Peter

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The morning after MedComms Day 2020

On 10 June 2020 we celebrated A Day in the Life of MedComms, supported by Media Contacts.

It felt like a very different affair this year, maybe reflecting the lockdown situation many of us are still in, as a result of COVID-19. So, no travel stories, or reports from international conferences and the like. Far fewer pictures of groups gathered together around home-made cakes! Plenty of talk of online video meetings and virtual activities.

Lots of people and organisations from across the global MedComms community still got involved one way or another, but it’s very difficult to see the overall picture without having a lot more resource than we have available here.

There were certainly fewer contributions to this blog site and the trend of recent years whereby most public activity happens across LinkedIn and social media continued.

There seemed to be significantly more activity on LinkedIn this year (how do you measure that?) and less on Twitter (see summary report below), using the hashtag #MedComms. Ohers like Facebook and Instagram, for instance, still didn’t see so much activity.

Overall, it was great to see the variety of activity being undertaken across the global community and, hopefully, everyone had some fun along the way. We certainly helped to spread the #MedComms word a little further!

What do you think? Let me know.

This is the ninth year we have undertaken this exercise. Please let me know if you think it’s still worthwhile.

I’d really appreciate hearing your comments and feedback either posted here or sent direct to me at peter@networkpharma.com

Many thanks to the many who participated and supported us, one way or another.

Cheers

Peter Llewellyn, NetworkPharma Ltd, founder of the global MedComms Networking Community and Curator of the Day in the Life of MedComms.

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And it’s goodnight from him…

I make no apologies for re-using my standard text below from previous years. I can’t see straight anymore! Goodnight, one and all.

I need some sleep and it does look like we’re finished here for the day. So I am calling a halt to our MedComms Day 2020. It’s been interesting but a lot of work again. Hopefully it’s provided a useful insight into the specialist business we call MedComms and been a bit of fun for everyone as well.

Please note, I’m very aware I now need to go back over some of the postings and tidy the content. Please feel free to email me at peter@networkpharma.com and point me at any errors that need fixing if you spot them before me.

I’d welcome comments and feedback so please do leave comments here or contact me directly. I am, as always, happy to chat anytime.

Meanwhile, please keep the conversations going on Twitter using hashtag #medcomms and join us at the MedComms Networking Facebook page and the MedComms Networking LinkedIn Group as well. Anyone working in or around MedComms is welcome to join in with the activities of the MedComms Networking Community.

Goodnight from us, wherever in the world you are now. I need a drink!

Cheers

Peter Llewellyn (and Ted)

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