The Future of Safe Prescribing

A joint conference between the British Pharmacological Society and the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

29 Mar 2019

Abstracts deadline: 18 Jan 2019

Registration deadline: 21 Mar 2019

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This is a joint conference between the British Pharmacological Society and the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. 


The challenge to achieve safe prescribing is of huge importance to healthcare. We are now in an era of exponential advances in technology and molecular medicine which will directly impact on improving prescribing. This programme on the future of safe prescribing is designed to address topics directly relevant to safe prescribing now and in the future. This meeting will have wide appeal to independent prescribers from all backgrounds (including medical, pharmacy and nursing). Topics for the programme will include, “cost-effective prescribing”, “managing polypharmacy”, “precision prescribing” “electronic prescribing” and “maintaining prescribing competence”.


  • To understand to current state-of-the-art in prescribing from efforts to improving prescribing skills and their outcome to polypharmacy. 
  • Appreciate the role of big data and precision medicine in safe prescribing. 
  • Understand the role of regulatory agencies on prescribing practices.  
  • To discuss innovations in electronic prescribing. 
  • Understand the role of HTA in balancing innovation and affordability in the era of precision medicine. 
  • Provide an overview of the history of modern therapeutics as through the media of UK Pharmaceutical advertising. 
  • To provide an overview of European drug regulation in the post-Brexit era

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Professor David Williams from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland introduces the programme for The Future of Safe Prescribing, a joint meeting between the British Pharmacological Society and the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

Meeting organisers:

  • Professor David Williams, Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland and Beaumont Hospital, Ireland 
  • Professor Sandosh Padmanabhan, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Professor Sir Munir Pirmohamed, University of Liverpool, UK
  • Professor Emma Baker, St George’s University of London, UK 

Session 1: Prescribing: Current state-of-the-art  

  • Professor Mary Horgan, President, The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Ireland
  • Professor Patrick Murray, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Professor Simon Maxwell, The University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Professor Emma Baker, St George’s University of London, UK
  • Dr Mary Tully, The University of Manchester, UK

Session 2: Prescribing over the next 10 years

  • Professor David Kerins, University College Cork, Ireland
  • Dr Patricia McGettigan, Queen Mary University of London, UK
  • Professor Jamie Coleman, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Professor Michael Barry, Irish National Centre of Pharmacoeconomics, Ireland

Session 3: Future of safe prescribing 

  • Professor Martina Hennessy, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Professor Marion Bennie, University of Strathclyde, UK
  • Dr Richard Fitzgerald, University of Liverpool, UK
  • Dr Mairin Ryan, Health Technology Assessment, Health Information and Quality Authority, Ireland

Session 4: WDM Paton Memorial Lecture

  • Professor Richard Green, The University of Nottingham, UK

Online registration is now open. To register please click the 'register for event' button. If you are experiencing problems when registering please email or call +44 (0) 207 843 0492.

RCPI members have been given a voucher code to recieve the member rates, please enter the voucher code when registering. 

Registration fees

All fees include attendance to the meeting and access to all refreshment breaks.

Early bird registration is available until 1 March 2019.

Registration deadline Thursday 21 March 2019, 11.59 PM.

British Pharmacological Society or Royal College of Physicians of Ireland student member
  • Early bird registration: £75
  • Standard registration: £90

British Pharmacological Society or Royal College of Physicians of Ireland member

  • Early bird registration: £130
  • Standard registration: £165

Non-member student

  • Early bird registration: £95
  • Standard registration: £120


  • Early bird registration: £145
  • Standard registration: £180

Abstract submission site is now closed. 

Authors will be notified on the outcome of their abstract week commencing 11 February 2019.

A prize will be awarded for the best poster. 

For information on submitting an abstract for a British Pharmacological Society meeting please review the

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For any questions, please contact or call +44 (0)20 7239 0183


Bursary submission site is now closed.

Member bursaries 

Bursaries are available to eligible members who are attending and presenting their work at the meeting. Eligible members are generally expected to have been a member of the Society for at least one year and must have submitted an abstract and be presenting in the poster sessions at the meeting.
The maximum amount for individual bursaries and will usually be restricted to up to 75% of the aggregate cost of accommodation and travel for students and 50% for non-students. The maximum award is £750. Food and beverage costs and travel incidentals will not be reimbursed. Costs will be based on the Society’s assessment of the most economical mode of travel and a reasonable standard of accommodation.

Care support bursaries

Care support bursaries are also available to members who have caring responsibilities and would benefit from financial support towards caring costs. For further information, please click here.

Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
6 Kildare Street
Dublin 2
D02 E434

Travel information 

The nearest DART station is Pearse Street Station, about a 10-minute walk away. The closest Luas is Dawson Street on the green line, which is about a 3 minute walk away. 

Many Dublin bus routes will bring you very close to RCPI. Nearby stops include Nassau Street, College Green, Dame Street, Kildare Street and St Stephen’s Green. Please see for route details. 

Setanta car park is on Setanta Place, which is off South Frederick Street, Dublin 2. Dawson Street car park is located off Kildare Street on Schoolhouse Lane.  There is very limited on-street parking on South Frederick Street. There is no parking on Kildare Street. 

MICE Concierge are the official concierge team for The Future of Safe Prescribing meeting, they are here to help take care of your booking requirements during your visit to Dublin.

Using the official service means you get some great additional benefits: 

  • Why pay more when we can give you the best rates at the core event hotels
  • Why miss out on the action when we can get you in to the core event hotels
  • Why go it alone when there’s expert help available to help you
  • Book securely with the only concierge appointed to work on your event

How to book your accommodation:

  1. Visit the accommodation website 
  2. Go to the 'official core hotels’ tab
  3. Click on ‘Book Now’ under ‘Official Flexible Event Rate’
  4. Select ‘next’ and complete your ‘check-in’ and ‘check-out’ dates and insert your full name
  5. Click ‘proceed to check-out’ and follow through payment steps

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