Paediatric Clinical Pharmacology and Theraputics

Paediatric clinical pharmacology is the scientific study of medicines for children. It involves the study of medicines to ensure they are effective and safe. 

 What makes a Paediatric Clinical Pharmacologist?

A Paediatric Clinical Pharmacologist is a paediatrician whose additional field of expertise encompasses all aspects of safe and rational medicines use. This includes research and ethics, clinical practice, drug regulation and education.

In clinical practice, they provide advice and support locally and nationally regarding the introduction of new medicines, adverse drug reactions, poisoning and toxicity and prescribing policies. They contribute to the ethical review of research, plus the safe and effective conduct and delivery of drug trials. Additional research skills developed during training include drug development, medicine safety and rational use of medicines in children.

Clinical pharmacologists play a vital role in the many areas that complement the use of medicines in children. Roles within drug regulation range from local guideline development, advice on pharmacovigilance through to national committees. They contribute to the education of undergraduate and postgraduate health care professionals on drug metabolism, formulations and prescribing. 


Clinical Pharmacology Curriculum (PDF, 4.6MB, 164 pages)

Clinical Pharmacology Guidance Checklist  (MS Doc, 83.5 KB, 4 pages)


Clinical Pharmacology Trainee Questionnaire (MS Doc, 191 KB, 3 pages)

Clinical Pharmacology Unit Questionnaire (MS Doc, 190 KB, 3 pages)

CSAC membership

Role Name Email address


Dr Helen Sammons

Assessment Advisor

Dr Mark Anderson

Quality Advisor

Dr Daniel Hawcutt

Training Advisor

Dr Elizabeth Starkey

Trainee Representative

Dr Stephen McWilliam

Related links

Archives of Disease in Childhood, Drug Therapy Section

European Site of Developmental Perinatal and Paediatric Pharmacology

Medicines for Children - information resource for parents and carers