The Ethical Standards in Health and Life Sciences Group (ESHLSG) is a group of 18 organisations working together to improve how health professionals and the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries work together for the benefit of patients.
The Academy is a member of the ESHLSG as we believe that it is critical for us to work with all our partners in other professions, the NHS and in industry. We want to ensure that the systems and processes for health professionals and industry to work together in the UK are fit-for-purpose and effective for the future – and we are working with the ESHLSG to help to make this happen.
Every constituent organisation of the ESHLSG, including the Academy, is committed to representing the views of its own members at these discussions. We all recognise that we must reflect your view – and those of others including doctors, nurses, physicians, pharmacists, surgeons, managers, and industry leaders.
The Academy needs your help
The Medical Education Survey aims to gather and analyse the views of health professionals around pharmaceutical company-supported medical education, particularly to identify areas of medical education that should be retained, supported and developed, and ascertain any current activities that cause concern and should be addressed. The results will be reviewed by the ESHLSG and could potentially affect current practice.
The survey is open to health professionals, health managers and industry representatives from across the UK - and all members of all of the organisations that form the ESHLSG are being asked to participate. It should only take around 12 minutes to complete. Individual responses will remain entirely confidential. We will, of course, be sharing the conclusions with you once all responses have been received.
Speaking about this survey, and the work of the ESLSHG Sir Richard Thompson, Co-chair of the ESHLSG and President of the Royal College of Physicians, said:
“We want to ensure that this initiative gives a full picture of collaboration between the pharmaceutical industry and the health service so it is essential that we gather the views of individual healthcare professionals on these important issues. The organisations within the ESHLSG recognise the need to address any concerns with the system as it currently works, but we’re relying on our members’ input in order to make the most of this opportunity.”
Please do complete this survey. Your view is vital to shape and improve the relationship between health professionals and industry in the UK.