Clinical pharmacologists are active in the delivery of general and specialist medical services across the UK. They also make major contributions, both locally and nationally, to medicines management and appraisal in the National Health Service. Most are also heavily involved in the organization and delivery of teaching and training of a range of healthcare professionals, both undergraduates and postgraduates. In the past, these contributions may not have been fully recognized, perhaps in part because the discipline is small. However, the British Pharmacological Society, particularly through its Clinical Section, is committed to initiatives to ensure that all clinical pharmacologists (whatever their background, training or subsequent working environment) can work together to improve patient care, nationally and internationally. Effective engagement with universities, the National Health Service and pharmaceutical companies will be vital if these initiatives are to have sustained benefits and improve health outcomes for patients.