Fishawack Health’s Diane Sutherland at FirstMedCommsJob virtual panel discussion

Dan O'Neill | October 05, 2020

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Diane joined experts from a variety of agencies to reveal what it’s like to build a career in medical communications and to explore the challenges and opportunities for developing new talent.

On Wednesday, 30 September, our Group Professional Development Director, Diane Sutherland, joined industry insiders Jane Smith (AMICULUM), Rebecca Douglas (Ashfield Healthcare Communications), Karen Kent (Envision Pharma Group), and Petula Coutinho (Oxford PharmaGenesis) for a panel discussion at the FirstMedCommsJob: Meet the Agencies virtual event, hosted by Peter Llewelyn.

Before an assembled audience of 180, the panel gave a behind-the-scenes look at different roles within their teams, what they look for in entry-level staff, the training provided, and future career prospects.

The discussion ranged from the challenges of recruiting and onboarding new writers to the need to maintain a united company culture.

While the COVID-19 restrictions present obvious constraints, the panel expressed that the Med Comms business has always been well suited for remote working, as many companies already have widely dispersed teams. However, everyone felt that a common place of work still has obvious benefits, particularly for those who are just starting out in the business.

Fishawack Health has always been committed to finding new ways to develop the next generation of medical communicators, healthcare consultants, and creative experts. We’re proud to have joined the panel and are dedicated to taking a leadership role in this space.

You can catch the full discussion over at Network Pharma TV.

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