Society publishes 2018 Annual Review

The British Pharmacological Society has published its annual review for 2018, setting out the significant progress it has made in the first year of its new five-year strategic plan.

The review details the wide range of activities that the Society carried out over the year to deliver its objectives. There were exciting developments in each area of the Society’s work, including policy, public and member engagement, publishing, and prescribing.

Introducing the review, Chief Executive Jonathan Brüün explained that there were some key achievements that highlight the Society's commitment to the future. He said: 

In 2018, our work in advancing clinical pharmacology hit its stride, following last year’s creation of the Clinical Pharmacology Skills Alliance (CPSA). We continued to work closely with the CPSA’s partners from public and private organisations across the sector, and our collaboration culminated in formal approval for a clinical pharmacology scientist apprenticeship. We are delighted by this development, which will help address longstanding skills gaps and raise the profile of this crucial profession.

Society President, Professor Steve Hill, reflected on crucial work that took place to support the education and skills objectives, saying:


In June, we launched the new curriculum for the use of research animals, which builds on the broader pharmacology undergraduate curriculum. The consultation was extensive, and led to offers of support from 30 organisations across academia, industry and the wider sector. Later in 2018, we held a workshop for experienced in vivo educators, to support early-stage adoption of the new curriculum. We look forward to further implementation of the scheme in 2019.

In 2018 the Society also held its best-attended annual conference to date, with record numbers of delegates and abstract submissions.

And the Society’s new company, BPS Assessment Limited, signed an advantageous five-year agreement with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and strengthened relationships in Australia and the Middle East, providing a strong foundation for 2019.

Read the Annual Review


Published: 19 Jun 2019 in Society news