ESCP awards four fellowships at Prague symposium 2022

During the opening ceremony of the ESCP symposium in Prague, Derek Stewart, ESCP President, presented the award of ESCP Fellowship (FESCP) to Bart van den Bemt, Stephane Steurbaut, Filipa Alves da Costa, and Hege Salvesen Blix (not shown).

Fellowship is awarded in recognition of outstanding contributions to the advancement of clinical pharmacy in general and in Europe in particular, as well as service to ESCP. 

Bart van den Bemt is Professor of Personalized Pharmaceutical Care at Radboud University/Radboud university medical center. He has a long history of involvement in national and international pharmacy organizations. He has had many roles at ESCP, most notably that of immediate past President. 

Stephane Steurbaut is Sector Lead for research, education, and innovation at the Department of Hospital Pharmacy, UZ Brussel, Belgium and Associate Professor in Pharmaceutical Care, Faculty of Medicine & Pharmacy, VUB, Belgium. Like Bart, he also has had many roles at ESCP, most notably that of immediate past Secretary to the General Committee.  

Filipa Alves da Costa is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy University of Lisbon, where she leads the Pharmaceutical Care and Clinical Pharmacy Laboratory. She is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, Frontiers in Pharmacology and Pharmacy Education. She is immediate past Chair of the ESCP Education Committee and was President of the 2021 annual symposium. 

Hege Salvesen Blix is Professor in Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Oslo and a pioneer of clinical pharmacy in Norway. She has been a member of ESCP for many years, most recently being a member of the General Committee and representative on the Education Committee. The ESCP President thanked all four for their international leadership in clinical pharmacy, highlighting their specific impacts on ESCP.

Bart van den Bemt, Stephane Steurbaut, Filipa Alvez da Costa
Hege Salvesen Blix

ESCP wants your best practice. Deadline for abstract submissions 31 January 2023

We want your best practice!

The European Society of Clinical Pharmacy (ESCP) and the International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy (IJCP) are continuing the ‘Best Clinical Pharmacy Practice papers’ initiative. We are calling for clinical pharmacy practices and education that describe innovative and sustainable clinical pharmacy practices worth sharing, to be published in the IJCP.

Submissions are welcome from anyone! You don’t need to be an ESCP member or based in Europe!

What is best practice?

Best practices in clinical pharmacy relate to developments in practice and education, which are supported by thorough development and implementation processes along with high quality, robust and rigorous research evidence of evaluation outcomes. These outcomes may include aspects such as acceptability, adoption, (cost-)effectiveness, efficiency, satisfaction, sustainability, etc. Any areas of clinical pharmacy practice and education development in any setting will be considered.

Have a look at some Best Practice publications.

Rose O, Happe S, Huchtemann T, et al. Enhancing medication therapy in Parkinson’s disease by establishing an interprofessional network including pharmacists. Int J Clin Pharm. 2021;43:1-8.

Rushworth GF, Innes C, Macdonald A, et al. Development of innovative simulation teaching for advanced general practice clinical pharmacists. Int J Clin Pharm. 2021;43:817-824.

Hazen A, Sloeserwij V, Pouls B, et al. Clinical pharmacists in Dutch general practice: an integrated care model to provide optimal pharmaceutical care. Int J Clin Pharm. 2021;43:1155-1162.

Diesveld MM, de Klerk S, Cornu P, et al. Management of drug-disease interactions: a best practice from the Netherlands. Int J Clin Pharm. 2021;43:1437-50.

What do we ask?

To be considered for publication, the IJCP and ESCP will first select six leading best practice proposals submitted by end of January 2023. The proposal should be formatted as a 250-word abstract (excluding author details) with the following headings: 

•          Author detail (names affiliations, email of corresponding author) 

•          Background

•          Aim (of the practice)

•          Setting

•          Development (how the practice was developed)

•          Implementation (how the practice was implemented)

•          Evaluation (how the practice was evaluated; evaluation findings)

•          Conclusion

The top six selected proposals will be given the opportunity to be converted into full manuscripts of 3,000 words maximum. Further information on the format of the full manuscript is available by clicking on the link below. 

How can you submit?

Submission of manuscripts is made through the ESCP International Office at

Anyone can submit. You don’t need to be an ESCP member or based in Europe!

Do not forget to submit by 31 January 2023.

IJCP launches call for submission on Mental Health

The International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy (IJCP) is pleased to announce an upcoming Special Issue of the International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy.

With guest editors, Filipa Alves da Costa, Matej Stuhec and Martina Hahn, submission is open for reviews, research articles, short research reports and commentaries.

Deadline for manuscript submission is 31 March 2023, with a planned date of publication of Autumn 2023.

For further information, please visit this link 

ESCP International Workshop 2023 announced.

ESCP has announced that the International Workshop for 2023 will take place in Antwerp from 20-21 April 2023. Interested in ‘Advancing clinical pharmacy and care in diabetes and cardiovascular comorbidities’? Come and join us!

Remember that there are discounted fees for ESCP members and students. Take this opportunity to join ESCP!

ESCP Fellow awarded at the International Workshop in Zurich, April 2022

ESCP Fellowship is awarded in recognition of the outstanding contributions to the advancement of clinical pharmacy in general and in Europe in particular, as well as service to ESCP. At the recent workshop in Zurich, ESCP Fellowship was awarded to Vera Jordan-von Guten, who now joins a small group of around 35 Fellows. Vera has been instrumental in the development of clinical pharmacy education, research and practice in Switzerland, throughout Europe and beyond. She has been a member and supporter of ESCP for many years,  became a member of the Education Committee in 2008, Chair of the committee in 2013, and only stepped down from the committee in 2021. ESCP is proud of, and indebted to, Vera.

The picture shows Vera receiving the Fellowship Medal from Derek Stewart, ESCP President.

Hot off the press, Updated Clinical Pharmacy definition

A position paper from the European Society of Clinical Pharmacy defining ‘clinical pharmacy’ and its relationship to pharmaceutical care has very recently been published in the International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy. The paper is available open access at

Developed following a consultation exercise amongst ESCP members, the position paper clarifies that clinical pharmacy (1) represents both a professional practice and feld of research, (2) aims to optimise the utilisation of medicines in order to achieve person-centered and public health goals, (3) as a practice encompasses cognitive, managerial and interpersonal activities targeting all stages of the medicines use process, and as a feld of research generates knowledge that informs clinical decision-making, health care organisation or policy, (4) as a practice is restricted to pharmacists, (5) can be practiced regardless of setting, and (6) encompasses pharmaceutical care but is not restricted to it.

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