This sixth annual survey of the MedComms Networking Community will run throughout January (closing date 31 January 2021). Note participation is on an entirely anonymous basis and the results will then be made freely available to all.

This is not intended as a robust study but will hopefully provide a useful annual barometer of sentiment amongst our specialist community, which will provide a valuable insight into the development and maturity of this important business over time.

The survey is designed such that most participants will complete the survey in only 10 minutes or so. Please answer as honestly and fully as possible.

The survey data will be available to browse after 31 January 2021, from the MedComms Networking Surveys page where copies of previous surveys are freely available.

This survey is being managed by Peter Llewellyn of NetworkPharma Ltd. If you have any questions at any time, or any comments you would prefer to be kept private, please don't hesitate to email peter@networkpharma.com

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* 1. Where are you based (tick one answer)?

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* 2. What best describes where you currently work (we appreciate there will be some overlap of roles and nomenclature but please tick one “best” answer)?

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* 3. What is the best fit, broad description, of your primary role (we appreciate there will be some overlap of roles and nomenclature but please tick one “best” answer)?

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* 5. Which of the following specialist MedComms areas are you currently active in (tick all that apply)?

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* 6. During 2020, because of COVID, most of us had experience of working at home, whether we wanted it or not. How much do you agree with the following statements? Please answer from a personal viewpoint (read carefully - tick one answer for each statement) and please include additional thoughts and insights in the comments box.

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Home working improves productivity
Home working is challenging for individuals
Home working is financially advantageous for individuals
Home working improves work:life balance for individuals
Home working is lonely and isolating for individuals
Home working is financially advantageous for organisations
Home working makes team-working difficult within organisations
Home working inhibits creativity within organisations
Home working adversely affects unique culture within organisations
More home working will engender greater diversity within organisations

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* 7. If you have worked at home at all during the past 12 months, has your employer (or in the case of Freelancers - have you) undertaken a formal health and safety assessment of your home work station? Please include additional thoughts and insights in the comments box.

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* 8. How satisfied are you with your current job?

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* 9. How likely is it that you will look to change your employer in 2021 (Freelancers, you are your own employer)?

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* 10. From your own perspective, do you think the overall amount of MedComms activity that the Pharma/Healthcare/Biotech/Devices industry is outsourcing year on year is currently...

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* 11. How much do you agree with the following statements? Please answer from a personal viewpoint (read carefully - tick one answer for each statement) and please include additional thoughts and insights in the comments box.

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The pharma industry is a credible and trusted source of information about medicines
It is a good principle to aim at, to publish all clinical trial data for all products
The pharma industry is indeed striving to publish all clinical trial data for all products
MedComms specialists can play a direct role in ensuring pharma companies work to best practice standards
The reputation of the pharmaceutical industry is improving amongst the wider public
The reputation of the pharmaceutical industry is improving amongst healthcare professionals
Total transparency of financial arrangements between industry and healthcare professionals is a good principle to aim at
MedComms is an ethical business
I am confident about my personal financial future
I can easily meet my current training needs

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* 12. If asked, do you recommend MedComms to others as a worthwhile career option?

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* 13. In light of your own experience in 2020, what advice and recommendations have you for employers in terms of improving policies that can support home working for their staff? What have you seen that's good? Or bad? What more can be done? All comments welcomed.  Please remember the comments here will be made public.

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* 14. Do you have any general comments at all to offer about the current state of the MedComms business, the Pharma industry, this survey or about life in general? All comments welcomed.  Please remember the comments here will be made public.

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* 15. We now run weekly #MedComms webinars - on Wednesdays at 12.00 UK time, see www.MedCommsNetworking.com for details of upcoming events - and wherever possible we add the recordings to NetworkPharma.tv. What topics and speakers would you like to see included over the coming 12 months? All suggestions welcomed. Please remember the comments here will be made public.

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