47th ESCP Symposium on Clinical Pharmacy in Belfast


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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



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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 (Click here for more information)

Workshop proposals deadline: 15 March 2018

Abstract submission opening: 01 March 2018 (Click here for more information)

Abstract submission deadline: 23 30 April 2018 EXTENDED!

Notification to abstract submitters: 23 June 2018 Online-registration opening: 09 April 2018

Financial support application deadline: 02 July 2018 (Click here for more information)

Early-bird registration deadline: 31 July NEW DATE 10 August 2018 REGISTER NOW!


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Registration Fees

  ESCP member non-member student*
Early bird (until July 31st NEW DATE Aug 10) GBP 475 GBP 585 GBP 270
Aug 11 - Oct. 1 GBP 585 GBP 695 GBP 280
From Oct. 2 and onsite GBP 695 GBP 805 GBP 370
Accompanying person GBP 195 GBP 195 GBP 195
Masterclass (23 October 2018)      
- If attending the Symposium GBP 105 GBP 120 GBP 120
- Masterclass only GBP 130 GBP 160 GBP 160

*Student fee is available only to those under-graduate students who do not yet have their pharmacy degree and are under 35 years of age.



  • James C. McElnay (NI)
  • Martin C. Henman (IE)

Organising Committee

  • Martin C. Henman (IE), Chair
  • Erik Gerbrands (NL)
  • Carmel Hughes (NI)
  • Michael Tunney (NI)
  • Edwin van Aalten (NL)
  • Fernando Fernandez Llimos (PT)
  • Monica Lutters (CH)
  • Glenda Fleming (NI)

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 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

A 6-minute walk from Belfast Central railway station, this riverside hotel is adjacent to Waterfront Hall music venue and a 1.7-mile drive from Titanic Belfast museum. All rooms offer upscale decor and custom-designed beds, plus minibars, coffeemakers and flat-screen TVs. Suites and executive rooms provide access to the Executive Lounge’s free breakfast and evening appetizers. There’s an on-site modern restaurant for regional cuisine, as well as a bar/lounge serving tapas dishes. Additional amenities include a 24/7 fitness centre, meeting rooms and business centre, plus free WiFi in public areas.

Booking Process

Discounted rates available via booking link - http://eventsathilton.com/show/5adf408b8490cd790e5a3306

Website: http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/united-kingdom/hilton-belfast-BFSHITW/index.html

Set in a red brick townhouse-style building, this simple hotel is a 14-minute walk from Grand Opera House, and 2.2 miles from Titanic Belfast. Bright and airy rooms with wood floors and en-suite bathrooms feature desks, free Wi-Fi, and TVs. They also come with tea and coffee making facilities. Other amenities include a modern restaurant with an a la carte menu, and a relaxed lobby bar with snacks.

Booking Process

Guests to quote ESCP 2018 when booking to avail of discounted rates

Telephone: 028 90 333 366 – Dial option 1

Website: https://www.ibisbelfastqueens.com/

This contemporary hotel in the city centre is a 7-minute walk from the Grand Opera House and an 8-minute walk from Belfast City Hall. The modern, unpretentious rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffee making equipment. They also have en-suite bathrooms with showers. Amenities include a restaurant and a lobby bar.

Booking Process

Guests to quote ESCP 2018 when booking to avail of discounted rates

Telephone: 028 90 238 888 – Dial option 1

Website: https://www.ibisbelfastcity.com/

A 4-minute walk from the Belfast Central railway station, this modern redbrick hotel is also 5 miles from the George Best Belfast City Airport and 6 miles from Belfast Castle.

The contemporary rooms feature desks, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus tea and coffeemaking facilities. The hotel offers free continental breakfast. Other amenities include a cosy bar/lounge and a business centre.

Booking Process

Guests to quote ESCP 2018 when booking to avail of discounted rates

Telephone: 028 90 311 909 – Dial option 1

Website: https://www.hiexpressbelfast.com/

This budget hotel is a 2-minute walk from Great Victoria Street train station and is less than 1 mile from the Victoria Square Shopping Centre. The simple, down-to-earth rooms feature TVs, free WiFi, plus tea and coffee making equipment. There is a casual restaurant and bar area for dining.

Booking Process

Guests to quote ESCP 2018 when booking to avail of discounted rates

Telephone:  028 90 242 494 – Dial option 1

Website: https://www.hibelfastcitycentre.co.uk/

Housed in a former bank, this grand Victorian and art deco-style hotel is a 4-minute walk from St. Anne's Cathedral and 2 miles from Crescent Arts Centre. The sophisticated rooms and suites with period decor feature flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and mini fridges, as well as tea and coffee making equipment. There's a spa and a rooftop gym with panoramic views of the city, as well as 6 meeting rooms. Dining and nightlife options include a high-end restaurant, a nightclub and a jazz bar. 

Booking Process

Email through to reservations (reservations@themerchanthotel.com) or call 02890234888 and quote ESCP 2018

Website: https://www.themerchanthotel.com/

This casual, modern hotel, set in the city centre, is a 5-minute walk from the Grand Opera House, 8 minutes' walk from Great Victoria Street station and 2 miles from exhibits at Titanic Belfast. The bright, colourful rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and work desks, plus tea and coffeemaking facilities. On-site amenities include a sophisticated restaurant with a fireplace and terrace seating, plus a fitness centre, a sauna and meeting space.

Booking Process

Discounted rates available via booking link - http://www.parkinn.com/booking-entrance?language=en&sitaCode=BFSPD&adults_room1=1&rooms=1&children_room1=0&arrival=23/10/2018&departure=26/10/2018&paccode=CONF

Website: https://www.parkinn.co.uk/hotel-belfast

Opposite the 19th-century Grand Opera House, this modern, upscale hotel is a 3-minute walk from Great Victoria Street train station and 3 miles from the Titanic Belfast museum. Bright rooms with a mid-century-modern vibe feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and iPod docks, plus tea and coffeemaking equipment. Suites add mini fridges and separate living rooms with sofa beds. Room service is available. Amenities include a chic bistro, a polished bar and a piano lounge

Booking Process

  • Delegates to call central reservations or email via the main website

  • Quote ESCP 2018 while making the booking to avail of discounted rate

  • £50 booking deposit will be required

  • Dates offer is available: 23/24/25/26 October 2018

Website: https://www.hastingshotels.com/europa-belfast/

The transformation of Windsor House, from an iconic office block to the new Grand Central Hotel, Belfast will offer 300 luxury bedrooms, a restaurant, bistro, rooftop lounge, retail units and a range of superbly appointed offices.

Booking Process

  • Delegates to call central reservations or email via the main website

  • Quote ESCP 2018 while making the booking to avail of discounted rate

  • £50 booking deposit will be required

  • Dates offer is available: 23/24/25/26 October 2018

Website: https://www.hastingshotels.com/grand-central/

Steps from the Grand Opera House theatre and 4 minutes' walk from Great Victoria Street railway station, this polished hotel is also 12 minutes' stroll from the Belfast Waterfront. Plush, chic rooms have en suite bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, iPod docks and free Wi-Fi, plus minibars, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. The 2-bedroom penthouse suite adds a bar and kitchen, a car service and a private butler. Room service is available 24/7. There's also a stylish, upscale restaurant, a hip lounge bar and a business centre.

Booking Process

During booking process, enter promotional code CPi2018. This code is only available Between 23 – 27 October 2018.

Website: https://secure.fitzwilliamhotelbelfast.com/bookings/checkavailability

A 3-minute walk from Belfast City Hall, this unfussy hotel is also a 5-minute walk from Belfast Great Victoria railway station and a 6-minute walk from the Ulster Museum. Understated rooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. There's a restaurant serving a buffet breakfast and dinner fare (surcharge), plus a bar with large-screen TVs. The hotel has 6 meeting rooms

Booking Process

During booking process, enter promotional code JICONF231018

Website: https://www.jurysinns.com/hotels/belfast


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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Our strategy is derived from the ABPI strategy for the UK:

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