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Speciality registrar training

Specialty Registrar (StR) training at Pharmacology

The British Pharmacological Society provides dedicated annual training and assessment sessions for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (CPT) StRs during the annual Pharmacology meeting. The sessions aim to cover the major sections of the specialty training curriculum. As a learning aid our speaker presentations are made available online after the training session.

The StR assessment from December 2016 is available to download and complete for agreed participants with password access. For details about permission/access to complete the assessment, please contact

The CPT StR curriculum

 The CPT specialty training curriculum is defined by the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB). The major sections of the curriculum are:

  • Undertaking and interpreting clinical investigations including clinical trials.
  • Optimising the therapeutic use of drugs.
  • Detection and analysis of adverse drug effects.
  • Contributing to the evaluation of medicines.
  • And, poisoning management.

 The full curriculum is available via the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board website.

CPT StR speaker presentations at Pharmacology
Year Speaker Summary
2016 Professor Thomas Jaki Experimental and clinical study design
2016 Professor Angela Thomas Regulation of Biologics and Biosimilars
2016 Dr Laura Yates Medicines use in pregnancy
2015 Dr Joseph Standing PKPD Modelling and the Population Approach
2015 Dr James Dear Novel Psychoactive Substances
2015 Professor Mark Caulfield Genomics for Clinical Pharmacology
2014 Professor Martin Landray Randomised trials to assess the safety and efficacy of medicines.
2014 Dr Duncan Richards An introduction to drug development.
2014 Professor Sir Alasdair Breckenridge Why regulatory science matters.
2013 Dr Yoon Loke If nothing happens, is everything alright? A guide to making sense of conflicting data.
2013 Dr James Dear Toxicology cases.
2013 Professor Dyfrig Hughes Pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacoeconomics: principles and practice.
2012 Professor Munir Pirmohamed Adverse drug reactions – classifications and mechanisms.
2012 Professor Robin Ferner Adverse drug reactions – identification and management.
2012 Professor Tom MacDonald Pharmacoepidemiology.
2011 Professor Atholl Johnston Pharmacokinetics: part 1.
2011 Dr Jon Robbins Pharmacodynamics.
2011 Professor Peter Meredith Pharmacokinetics.

In addition, the Society records a number of lectures that are complement the training offered during the annual Pharmacology meeting. These videos include prize lectures on areas of CPT and StR session lectures.


What else is available?

 The Society also collaborates with the MHRA to provide dedicated training for CPT StRs.  The most recent two-day training took place in January 2015. Please contact for details of future training sessions.