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Clinical pharmacology and therapeutics

Clinical pharmacologists are doctors with training in clinical pharmacology and therapeutics (CPT), which is the science of medicines and their clinical use. Their main role is to improve patient care through the safe, economic and effective use of medicines.

Training and qualifications required

Training usually starts with a five year first degree in medicine. Then there's two years foundation doctor training, two years core training (CT1-CT2), followed by four years specialists training (ST3-ST6) leading to Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP). Length of training can vary according to your circumstances.

Expected working hours and salary range

Doctors may work up to 48 hours a week. The working hours may sometimes extend beyond the normal working day to include early mornings, evenings and weekends, on call possible. Pay scales (2017): Consultants earn between £76,761 and £103,490.

Desirable skills and values

You'll need an ability to co-operate with colleagues in a wide range of clinical and non-clinical disciplines. You'll be motivated to keep up-to-date with new developments, self-regulation and control. Good communication, problem solving and research skills are important. You'll also be able to analyse and interpret medical evidence.

Prospects

There are 15 consultants in clinical pharmacology and therapeutics in England working in the NHS in 2016. Many more work for pharmaceutical companies or in academic posts.
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