In 2016 I was asked to deliver a lecture, on the role and responsibilities of the EU QPPV and maintaining Pharmacovigilance systems, as part of the Cardiff University/BRAPP Post Graduate course in Pharmaceutical Medicine. I was proud to be asked, but apprehensive as I had not lectured before. I accepted the offer and set to work on my presentation, drawing on the knowledge and experience in Pharmacovigilance I have gained since 2001, along with the Good Pharmacovigilance Practice (GVP) Modules I and II.
My first lecture, delivered in October 2016, was a nerve-wracking but rewarding experience, and I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. The discussion with the delegates was really interesting; providing insight on how Pharmacovigilance legislative requirements impact the day to day role of practicing physicians.
I was excited to be asked back in 2017 and 2018 to deliver my lecture again, each time with some minor updates following changes in guidance and my experience. I will be presenting again this year, but at this time I’m not sure what I will say, Brexit will no doubt have an impact on the content of my lecture! Nonetheless I am excited to be involved and to be able to share my experiences; I would recommend taking up an opportunity that might at first seem daunting, as it is likely to be very rewarding.
Ruth Casserley, 10/01/2019