Why join the European Society for Clinical Pharmacy?
‘Innovations in Clinical Pharmacy Practice, Education and Research’ will be the topic of the forthcoming ESCP Symposium, to be held in Aberdeen, Scotland in Autumn 2023. IMI spoke to ESCP President, Derek Stewart, Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, University of Qatar, to find out more about the organisation and its activities.
As President of the ESCP Professor Stewart leads the General Committee which, supported by four linked operational committees, is responsible for the strategic development of the organisation. Before being elected President in 2020, he served as chairman of the research committee for several years. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy.
Membership of the ESCP is open to anyone with an interest in clinical pharmacy – including clinical pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, academics and students. “But also, we would welcome non-pharmacy professionals, patients – anyone who’s got an interest in really advancing clinical pharmacy”, says Professor Stewart. “It’s really important [to remember that] as a pharmacy team we deliver clinical pharmacy – it’s not just clinical pharmacists”, he emphasises.
Membership of the ESCP offers the opportunity to become part of a dynamic, powerful society dedicated to harnessing the developments in clinical pharmacy worldwide, explains Professor Stewart. Although the name is ‘European Society’, it really is a global society that enables members at all stages of professional development to network and share expertise.
The organisation offers a range of activities and benefits including:
- Monthly webinars based on members’ needs
- An annual two-day International Workshop on a therapeutic topic
- An annual three-day International Symposium
- Free access to the International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and its sister journal, Drug and Therapy Perspectives
- Special Interest Groups
- Best Practice papers
- ESCP research grants
About Derek Stewart
Derek Stewart PgCert, BSc (1st), MSc, PhD, FRPharmS, FFRPS is Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Practice, Qatar University. He is also visiting professor at Robert Gordon University in Scotland and at the Royal College of surgeons of Ireland. In addition, he is President of the European Society of clinical Pharmacy and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy.