Why specialise in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics

If you have just graduated from medical school or are already undertaking your Foundation Training, you may be interesting in specialising in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (CPT). ​

As a Clinical Pharmacologist, you will be ensuring that medicines are used only where they will be effective and safe. This means you are not only helping the patient but preventing adverse drug events and benefiting the NHS as a whole.  ​

Specialising in CPT also opens the door to a wide range of potential careers. In addition to your clinical work, there are opportunities to teach, carry out research, work in policy or as an advisor on the safety of medicines – ensuring a rewarding career where no week is the same.

If you are interested in pursuing a career as a Clinical Pharmacologist, you will need to specialise in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics after your Foundation Training. Find out how to specialise in CPT.

Dr Chris Threapleton

Chris-Threapleton.jpgDr Chris Threapleton is a Specialty Registrar in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics and General Internal Medicine, based at St George’s University Hospital. As well as this is works in acute medicine as a medical registrar and carries out research into polypharmacy (when a patient uses multiple medications).

“I love how much autonomy I have in my day to day work. I set my own work pattern and my own priorities. Whilst this requires a lot of organising, which can be stressful, it allows me flexibility to seize opportunities that might not be possible in more traditional registrar jobs. There is a core set of key skills within the specialty, but you are encouraged to pursue what interests you and develop your own portfolio career.”

Read more about Chris’s career path