Join the Infectious Diseases Expert Group!

Posted on: Tuesday 3 October 2023

Closing: Sunday 31 March 2024

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Exciting news! The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine (FPM) is seeking enthusiastic members to join the Infectious Diseases Expert Group. Formed in late 2021 due to the Omicron surge, the Infectious Diseases (incl. COVID-19) expert group attempts to influence policy regarding therapeutic deployment through report writing, stakeholder engagement, responding to consultations and more.

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Remit and what we've been up to

In 2022, they were very active, operating in a crisis mode with frequent meetings and working on issues such as deploying antivirals to treat COVID-19. This included conducting workshops with stakeholders to produce a report. In a pandemic, patients need access to treatment fast, and the challenges of generating robust evidence of efficacy and safety have posed tough questions for public health, drug developers, contract research organisations and academics, regulators, healthcare providers and patients. It was in this light that the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine DEfining MEdical NeeDs and Evidence (DEMENDE) workshops brought representatives from public health, drug developers, contract research organisations and academics, regulators, health care providers and patients to make recommendations for further activities to ensure that future respiratory viral infection waves are managed most effectively and fairly.

Operational info

The group operates through remote meetings. Any conflicts of interest or similar issues will be dealt with as and when required. Members may join or leave at any time, and there is no formal process for joining. The group’s workload is challenging to predict, and there will be no overall expectation of members’ activity. However, members will be asked to commit to delivering particular projects once they have agreed to participate.

Experience (desired but not essential)

  1. Experience in the development and interpretation of diagnostic tests for the management of infectious disease;
  2. Experience in the development of antiviral medications for the treatment of respiratory viral disease and/or anti-infectives for the treatment of pneumonia/sepsis;
  3. Experience in the development of vaccines for the prevention of viral disease (respiratory/non-respiratory).

If you have a passion for infectious diseases, policy development and patient needs and want to contribute to the advancement of pharmaceutical medicine, this is your chance to get involved. Join FPM’s Infectious Diseases Expert Group!

How to join

If you would like to join this crucial group, please email Flora Butler at with your CV and a short cover letter (max 300 words) outlining your experience and interest in the role.


FPM welcomes and actively seeks to recruit people to its activities regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. FPM aspires to reflect the diversity of its members in all its committees, senior roles and staff in general.