Finding a VOICE for UK clinical pharmacology
Version of Record online: 8 MAY 2012
© 2012 The Author. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology © 2012 The British Pharmacological Society
British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Special Issue: Agenda for Clinical Pharmacology Issue
Volume 73, Issue 6, pages 843–845, June 2012
How to Cite
Aronson, J. K. (2012), Finding a VOICE for UK clinical pharmacology. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 73: 843–845. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2125.2012.04233.x
- Issue online: 8 MAY 2012
- Version of Record online: 8 MAY 2012
- Accepted manuscript online: 23 FEB 2012 04:55AM EST
- RECEIVED; 12 January 2012; ACCEPTED; 30 January 2012; ACCEPTED ARTICLE PUBLISHED ONLINE; 23 February 2012
At a James Black Conference held in Oxford on 20–22 June 2011, a group of senior clinical pharmacologists and their junior colleagues, other medical specialists, and pharmacists discussed an agenda for UK clinical pharmacology for the next 5 years, addressing the following broad questions. How should UK clinical pharmacology be further developed and delivered as a discipline in universities, the NHS, pharmaceutical companies, and regulatory authorities? How should teaching and training in UK clinical pharmacology and therapeutics be delivered and assessed? What topics should be priorities for research in UK academic clinical pharmacology? How should clinical pharmacology contribute to UK drugs policy? How should pharmacology and clinical pharmacology be further integrated, to the benefit of both? Numerous recommendations emerged, under the collective acronym VOICE, standing for Visibility, Outreach, Integration, Coverage and Emissaries.
Visibility The visibility of the discipline needs to be increased. This could be done, for example, by increased activities in acute general medicine/toxicology, through activities of Medicines and Therapeutics Committees, participation in grand rounds, teaching and training, and monitoring therapeutic interventions, and by offering bolt-on training for other specialists (for example, short courses, MSc courses, and training programmes).
Outreach Methods of increasing outreach include roadshows in schools/medical schools, national special study modules, public education, press coverage, and social marketing.
Integration Closer collaborations with pharmacologists, clinical pharmacists, other prescribers, and pharmaceutical companies (e.g. through joint training programmes) are desirable.
Coverage Attention to neglected areas, such as general practice, paediatrics, obstetrics, geriatrics, anaesthetics, cancer, and immunology.
Emissaries Trainees to spread the word.