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Overview of Workshop:

This workshop is intended to help anyone responsible for overseeing patient recruitment activities (whether as a study manager, or as someone seeking to outsource this function) confidently and proactively engage with their patient recruitment & retention activities and to address the associated challenges. Gain a better understanding of influencing factors by looking at opinions of the site teams and patient representatives so that there is a closer alignment of participants' efforts to their desired outcomes and expectations.
The workshop will present information that will frame key issues and through interactive discussion generate solutions and best practices that attendees will be able to use in their own working environment.

The workshop will seek to address:

  • Strategically
    • Do all the key decision influencers need to have a voice - pros n cons
    • Has the timing of the selected plan equalled desired expectation/need?
  • Tactically
    • Tried and tested methods - what works and in which country?
    • Esoteric approaches for recruitment and retention
    • Tiered approach
  • Working in Emerging countries
    • In rescue mode or because it's cheaper?
    • Patient recruitment & retention is no problem - really!?
  • Do it yourself or use a vendor
    • Cost vs. ROI


About the Workshop Host:

 Sanjiv Kanwar is the Managing Director of Polaris BioPharma Consulting. Sanjiv is an intuitive, resourceful and self-motivated senior executive, with 24 years of demonstrable proficiency in medicine (pathology), pharmaceutical & clinical research, and e-business. Sanjiv has clinical research experience in 5 continents having worked within large pharma, small biotech and associated service support companies. This strategic to hand-on experience is supported by excellent leadership, change management, communication, and inter-personal skills.


About Polaris BioPharma Consulting:

Polaris BioPharma Consulting Ltd is a privately owned independent specialist consultancy that provides services internationally to pharmaceutical, biotechnology and patient representative organizations whilst executing at a grass roots level with physicians & investigational sites.



Workshop programme

13:30 Registration & Coffee

14:00 Welcome and Introductions

14:10 Patient Recruitment and Retention - the Here and Now

14:50 What Can be Done Differently?

15:30 Afternoon Coffee

15:50 Thinking Outside the Box

16:30 Discussion Session

17:00 Close of Workshop


Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James

Buckingham Gate 45/51
London SW1E 6AF
United Kingdom

Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James



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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

CPD Certificates

We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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