Listen to Dr Reecha Sofat, senior lecturer and honorary consultant in clinical pharmacology and therapeutics, discuss her specialty with Dr James Fullerton, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) clinical lecturer and specialist registrar in clinical pharmacology and therapeutics.
Clinical pharmacology and therapeutics (CPT) focuses on the safe, effective, and economic use of medicines. It is a diverse and wide-ranging discipline that plays an essential role across multiple areas of the NHS, contributing to its organisational objectives and, most importantly, improving patient outcomes and experiences. CPT is also key to increasing the interaction between industry and the NHS.
The specialty of CPT makes a major contribution to the health and wealth of the nation by:
Professor Una Martin, University of Birmingham:
Clinical pharmacology is a fascinating specialty which has offered me terrific opportunities during the course of my career. I have particularly enjoyed delivering a hypertension service, running the clinical research facility, and influencing how we prepare our medical students for their lives as prescribers.
Royal College of Physicians. Medical Care – clinical pharmacology and therapeutics, developing physicians
In the 20th century, RCP fellows were instrumental in establishing pharmacology as a modern specialty, in its teaching and in the regulation of pharmaceuticals, often combining clinical practice with committee work: RCP fellows and the history of pharmacology in the 20th century.