Controversy, Congratulations and Connections. Just 3 words to sum up the PIPA annual conference.

Joanne Shaw from Datapharm gave the Medical Information track some sparks of controversy with her view on how Medical Information might look in the future.

Congratulations to the conference team & committee for continued success for the association. John Barber, PIPA President highlighted the achievements over the year: website redesign, continued training course, successful PIPELINE newsletter and active meetings programme were just a few points. Pharmacovigilance (PV) activities are expanding too with a new Signal Detection Working Party and new training syllabus.

Connections sums up the Medical Information speaker presentations. We heard from NHS Direct, UKMi (Medicines Information Pharmacists in the NHS), PMCPA with the updated ABPI promotional Code of Practice and lastly from the EMEA about ongoing changes in the EU regulations. See other blogspots for more analysis. Coming this week.

The PIPA salary survey was fascinating. If you’re a PIPA member, you’ll get your chance to compare your salary & benefits package but it was the trends that caught my eye. Making 1-3 job moves is currently the optimum for advancing your career in Med Info or PV. Staying in the same company or same role is not rewarded. Medium sized companies & OTC companies pay the least.

60% of people expect to change their role in the near future, 40% of them changing company. For their next job, 30% don’t even know what they want to do, but they know they want to change. Career planning must be the latest interest for PIPA members!

So what does this all mean? If you’re a manager of a MI or PV department, be very afraid! Do you have contingency plans for staff changes or loss of team member & expertise? Some companies fully embrace & encourage staff moves as they know it motivates people, improves the talent pool and brings fresh blood.

Lastly, there were some great entries for the Information Impact award from Allergan, AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim & Reckitt Benckiser. So who won? Read the next blog to find out……