COMPANIES WHO ARE INTERESTED IN THE SPONSORSHIP OF SPECIFIC MEETINGS SHOULD CLICK ON THE RELEVANT MEETING AND COMPLETE THE ENQUIRY FORM. Please note: An email will be sent directly to Essentially Medical and you will be contacted in due course.
Many of the surgeries require that Pharma reps book meeting exclusively through Essential Medical.
Pharma reps who have not confirmed sponsorship with Essentially Medical prior to a meeting, will be unable to attend.
We organise free independent educational meetings that representatives can sponsor and are held in GP premises during the lunch hour or early evening. We recognise that GPs are often unable to find the time to attend meetings in central locations and so we bring the hospital consultants to the GP. This personalises the meeting, allows it to be “tailor made” and gives the opportunity for those attending to ask questions, and discuss particular cases. A buffet lunch is supplied refreshments are supplied for all the medical professionals attending the meeting. Consultants are generally from local NHS Hospitals. Pharmaceutical companies are invited to sponsor these educational sessions.
What is the extent of involvement from the pharmaceutical representatives?
If the pharmaceutical representative attends the meeting, they may either be there purely to support the speaker or may, if allowed by the surgery, wish to speak briefly without influencing the audience, about their product.
An enhanced company reputation can often create a more receptive enviornment for future business discussions.
Why would the industry sponsor meetings where they have limited or no opportunity to promote their products?
Increasingly, the industry is aware that the reputation of themselves and their company is a determining factor when healthcare professionals are looking to partner with the industry or when seeking reliable product suppliers. The representatives know they need to sell their products, however there are also times when they are simply looking to offer support.
The meetings we run are an excellent opportunity for them to support medical education, whilst also being available to answer questions you may have about their products.
Why can’t I organise this kind of meeting myself?
You can. Essentially Medical offers you an alternative option so that you do not have to make all the arrangements yourself. We also offer a wide variety of specialities from which to choose from together with an excellent service that is appreciated by healthcare professionals. We hope that you would be willing to use our services in the future, for example if there is a particular consultant you would like to visit your practice.
Are your meetings compliant with the ABPI Code of Practice?
Essentially Medical runs all its meetings in accordance with the guidelines set out in the ABPI Code of Practice.
How much are the consultants paid for visiting our practice?
Nothing. The sponsorship fee paid by the representatives is used to supply the buffet lunch and meet the administrative costs of Essentially Medical.
Speakers often welcome the sponsorship as it enables them to engage with their primary care collegues. An enhanced reputation for your company can therefore often create a more receptive environment for future business discussions.
How much will the practice receive from the sponsorship fee?
Nothing. The sponsorship fee paid by the representatives is used to supply the buffet lunch and meet the administrative costs of Essentially Medical. Under the terms of the ABPI Code of Practice, the industry are not allowed to pay for the hire of rooms in general practice premises.
How do you organise the meetings geographically?
We have team leaders who cover their local area. For example, Ealing would come under the West London Team which is lead by Susan Lipman. However there are times when a consultant from a nearby team may substitute for a colleague. The website will show you all the consultants and their specialities as well as further information about Essentially Medical.