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Registration and abstract submissions now open! Hospital pharmacists: catalysts for change
  1. Richard Price
  1. Correspondence to Richard Price, Department of Policy and Advocacy, European Association of Hospital Pharmacy, 3 Rue Abbe Cuypers, Brussels, Brussels 1040, Belgium; richard.price{at}eahp.eu

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Registration is now open for Europe's largest hospital pharmacy education event, the 22nd Congress of the European Association of Hospital Pharmacists (EAHP). Taking place in Cannes, France, from 22nd to 24th March 2017, the event will take as its overall theme: ‘Hospital pharmacists—catalysts for change’. Abstract submissions for the Congress are also open until a deadline of Sunday 16th October.

Keynote speeches will emphasise major future-focused talking points within the profession, such as: ‘New medicines at any cost?’; ‘Big Data: hype or help?’; and, ‘Introducing the Common Training Framework’.

Almost 30 seminars will explore a diversity of practice and science topics such as: performance management, hospital accreditation, the growing role of hospital pharmacists in the outpatient setting, health technology assessment, automation, predicting the future of healthcare, immuno-oncology, and the Falsified Medicines Directive.

Interactive sessions will provide hospital pharmacists with opportunities to engage very directly in learning about the creation of business plans for clinical pharmacy services, designing pharmacy practice research studies, and developing and implementing deprescribing guidelines.

Workshops will provide hints and tips on successful publication, quality management, and the art of writing an abstracts. An ever-growing programme of additional satellite events, exhibitions, poster displays, presentation sessions, and bespoke events, such as the Congress Student Programme, compliments the formal Congress programme.

Commenting on the Congress, Professor Dr Kees Neef, EAHP Director of Education, Science and Research, and Chair of the independent Scientific Committee that oversees the Congress Programme, said:The theme of hospital pharmacists as catalysts of change builds on our Association's continuing drive to position the hospital pharmacist as a leader of improvement in the hospital system. However, to fulfil that role, hospital pharmacists need to have both keen insights into the trends that are shaping future healthcare, as well as awareness of the latest best practices from Europe …

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