Safe Prescribing - Information for medical students

STFS Information about the Prescribing Safety Assessment

The prescribing safety assessment (PSA) has been used differently by different medical schools across the UK. In some it has been optional whereas in others passing it has been a requirement.

Information about whether students have passed the PSA or not is transferred by foundation schools to the NHS trusts employing their new F1s (the employers).

From August 2016 all Foundation Doctors are required to pass the Prescribing Safety Assessment (PSA) by the end of their first year of training. Trainees who successfully completed it at medical school will not be required to repeat it (unless it was passed more than 2 years before the start of foundation training).

Trainees who have passed the PSA will still be required to undertake a practical prescribing assessment on induction, as this tests the application of prescribing using local drug charts and prescribing systems. The aim is to identify any areas of prescribing weakness and provide support, for example by use of specific SCRIPT e-learning modules.

Information on the PSA in foundation can be found on the UKFPO website.