Safe Prescribing

Importance of Safe Prescribing Introduction

A quarter of litigation claims in the NHS stem from medication errors. To investigate this, the West Midlands Workforce Deanery commissioned a study to determine how foundation year doctors learn the principles of good prescribing practice.

The resulting report and the General Medical Council (GMC) EQUIP[1] study highlighted serious weaknesses in existing educational approaches indicating that many newly qualified doctors are poorly prepared for prescribing.

The study found that poor prescribing is widespread and results in the underuse of effective medicines; avoidable adverse drug reactions; and medication errors.

In order to address this STFS has introduced both a foundation doctor prescribing assessment and an e-learning tool – standard computerised revalidation instrument for prescribing and therapeutics (SCRIPT).  More details about both are available by following the links below:

Information for Medical Students, please click here

Information for Foundation Doctors, please click here

Information for Foundation Faculty, please click here

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) e-learning - now available

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is an important topic that has serious implications for future practice. To assist all staff in the battle to beat AMR a new e-learning package has been produced on E-learning for Health website: it should be noted that this training has been generated to educate all levels of staff and should be used alongside other training such as the SCRIPT 'Principles of Prescribing in Infection' and 'Infection in Secondary Care' modules which provides more clinical and pharmacological detail regarding antimicrobial stewardship. Click here for access to SCRIPT.