47th ESCP Symposium on Clinical Pharmacy in Belfast

Welcome to the ESCP International Symposium on Clinical Pharmacy 2018 in Belfast!

Dear Colleague

On behalf of the School of Pharmacy, Queen's University Belfast, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to Northern Ireland and to the 47th European Symposium on Clinical Pharmacy, 2018. This event will be an exceptional opportunity for clinical pharmacists to share and discuss new approaches to the delivery of clinical pharmacy services and advances in pharmacotherapy, and to network with practitioners and researchers in the field.

Although a small country, our traditions of looking outward and of transcontinental migration have helped create a world where our diaspora are found throughout the world. Our location, between Europe and America, and our traditions combine to produce a land that is accessible, welcoming, and a pleasure to visit. We expect that for many this will be a first visit to Northern Ireland, while for others it will be an opportunity to return home. There will also be a significant number who, though of Irish ancestry, have never visited our shores. To all delegates and partners, whether this is a first visit, a homecoming, or in a sense both of these, we can offer a venue to exceed your expectations.

Pharmacy at Queen’s University Belfast has a long and distinguished history, dating from 1929 making it one of the oldest pharmacy degree courses in the United Kingdom. We are acknowledged as a leading centre for Pharmacy teaching and research in the UK, consistently featuring at or near the top of league tables for the subject. Strong international links and a great community spirit are features of our well-established and friendly School.

A visit to Belfast offers a chance to see other parts of the country as well. A landscape of stunning beauty, with a deep cultural and literary history, and a warm and welcoming people have combined to earn us an excellent reputation. A social program can thus be guaranteed that will meet the highest standards. Cooperation with this bid has been secured from our tourist boards, universities and suporting bodies. Strong political support has been assured us at local and national level. All of these factors combine to make Belfast the optimal choice.

James C. McElnay
Symposium President

Personalised pharmacy care

As the genomics revolution proceeds apace, it is becoming increasingly important within a number of disease states, to stratify therapy according to the genetic make-up of the individual patient, or in the case of cancer, the genetic / molecular pathology aspects of the tumour being managed.  Clinical pharmacists must be at the forefront of this change in practice and lead the way in ensuring full adherence with the best evidence as it emerges.  Other aspects of individual patients (including psychosocial) also influence their ‘phenotype’ when it comes to medicines use.  Multiple risk factors influence a patient’s ability to manage their medicines within their home setting, with too many patients readmitted to hospital, with medication related problems, within the first 30 days post discharge.  Some excellent work on evaluating risk factors for medication related problems has shown that specific pharmacy interventions can be targeted to patients based on their risk profile. A ‘one size fits all’ approach is wasteful of scarce resources and does not promote the effective and efficient care of individual patients.  All aspects of clinical pharmacy practice will be discussed at the symposium, but we hope that the symposium theme will stimulate you to focus upon ‘personalised pharmacy care’.

The scientific programme will include keynote lectures, invited lectures, mini-symposia, workshops, oral free communications, poster discussion fora, and poster presentations.
The official Symposium language is English. No simultaneous translation will be available.

Main Topics

An indicative programme of topics to be addressed is as follows:

  • Matching pharmacy care to patient needs
    • Tools to stratify patients for clinical pharmacy interventions
    • Matching pharmacy care to patients with learn ing disability
    • Matching pharmacy care to patients with dementia
    • Can we learn from advances in personalised care in patients with cystic fibrosis?
  • Personalised medicine
    • Personalised / precision / stratified medicine – basic concepts
    • Use of personalised medicine in cancer care
    • Use of personalised medicine outside oncology
    • The role of the pharmacist in personalised medicine
  • Non-adherence – still the biggest medication related problem
    • Novel approaches to the assessment of medication adherence
    • The role of the pharmacist in adherence assurance
  • ​Improving the rigour of clinical pharmacy research
    • Patient and public involvement (PPI) in the development of core outcome sets
    • Healthcare / university / patient partnerships

Workshops will be announced in the Preliminary Programme.

Important Dates & Deadlines

Workshop proposals opening: 15 December 2017
Workshop proposals deadline: 15 March 2018
Abstract submission opening: 01 March 2018
Abstract submission deadline: 23 April 2018
Notification to abstract submitters: 23 June 2018
Online-registration opening: 01 April 2018
Early-bird registration deadline: 31 July 2018



Martin C. Henman, chair (IE)
James C. McElnay (NI)

Organising Committee

Martin C. Henman (IE), Chair
Erik Gerbrands (NL)
Carmel Hughes (NI)
Mike Scott (NI)
Michael Tunney (NI)
Edwin van Aalten (NL)

Scientific Committee

James C. McElnay (NI), Chair
Piera Polidori (IT)
Moira Kinnear (UK)
Daniela Fialova (CZ)
Stephane Steurbaut (BE)

Conference Venue

Belfast Waterfront Conference & Exhibition Centre

Belfast Waterfront Symposium and Exhibition Centre is a stunning, purpose-built venue perfectly placed right in the heart of the city centre. Firmly established as one of Europe’s leading symposium centres, its award-winning venue has played an integral role in Belfast’s economic and social development since it opened for business in 1997.

The ESCP Symposium will take place in the newly developed, state of the art, self contained wing of the Waterfront Belfast. With its own private entrance, guests will be greeted on arrival at the ESCP registration and tour desk. WIFI will be available free of charge for the duration of the symposium. Catering will be served using only the best in local produce, and the in-house catering team can conjure up a wide range of stylish and delicious dishes.

Belfast Waterfront Conference & Exhibition Centre
Belfast Waterfront Conference & Exhibition Centre


Belfast blossomed from very humble beginnings… It started out as a small hamlet with fertile land along the mouth of the Lagan. Soon, marauders and pirates realised Belfast's lough was deep and its shores were safe from the north Atlantic storms. The perfect haven for repairing sea ravaged ships. From these early stages the industrious locals developed a boat building trade. And the rest is history.

So what’s Belfast like today? Well, it’s packed with history, culture, exciting events, great food, super shopping… you might even spot a ship or two. You’ll also find some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. Have a look around and learn more about the city at www.visitbelfast.com


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