Doha: Dr Derek Stewart, Professor of Pharmacy and Clinical Practice at QU College of Pharmacy and Head of Academic Quality Assurance at the Vice President of the Bureau of Medical and Health Sciences QU has been appointed President of the European Society of clinical pharmacy (ESCP).
The European Society of Clinical Pharmacy is an international leader in advancing quality and innovation in clinical pharmacy education, practice and research. The company’s mission is to promote, support, implement and advance clinical pharmacy education, practice and research in order to optimize patient outcomes.
More specifically, the association promotes the value and impact of clinical pharmacy services to healthcare professionals, scientific societies, health authorities and the public. It raises awareness of the practice of clinical pharmacy and its activities. While the members largely come from Europe, the international profile is growing in the Middle East.
Prior to his appointment as President, Dr. Derek was a member of the General Committee, the company’s strategic planning and decision-making committee. He was also chairman of the research committee for three years. As President, Dr. Derek will lead the company for two years, during which he hopes to revise the vision and mission and expand the scope and membership.
Commenting on his success, Dr Derek said: “It is an honor and a highlight of my career to assume the role of President of the European Society of Clinical Pharmacy. I do it with a little trepidation and a lot of excitement and I hope to bring commitment, energy, motivation and a little fun to the role. I am indebted to the outgoing President, Professor Bart van den Bemt of the Netherlands, for his leadership.
“The coronavirus pandemic has provided further evidence of the importance of the pharmacist and the pharmacy team in ensuring the proper use of medications and the achievement of the larger healthcare agenda. As a company, we will build on this positive foundation to meet the aspirations and needs of our members to provide the best care. ”
He also noted that “the role of president will also provide opportunities to showcase Qatar University’s contribution to the international level to influence clinical pharmacy practice, education and research.”
Dr. Mohammad Diab, Dean of Qatar University College of Pharmacy, added, “Dr. Derek’s appointment as President of this organization is an outstanding achievement that reflects the college and university very well. This is a great opportunity to enhance our international reputation in the pharmacy and healthcare industry. “
Dr Derek joined the University of Qatar in April 2019 from Scotland, where he was Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. He is a highly acclaimed international researcher and scholar, having published over 200 research and education papers, attracted over £ 3million in research funding and supervised 25 PhD students to completion. He has worked with people from Qatar University and Hamad Medical Corporation for over ten years.