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Introduction

SCRIPT is an innovative eLearning programme designed to encourage safe and effective prescribing and medicines management among newly qualified doctors and other healthcare professionals. It was developed by the University of Birmingham and OCB Media, and commissioned by Health Education England (West Midlands team).

In the UK, medication errors account for 10-20% of all adverse events and a quarter of litigations claims in the NHS, and preventable harm from medicines is estimated to cost more than £750 million each year. In 2009, the EQUIP study commissioned by the GMC found that trainee doctors prescribe with an error rate of 8-10%.

As a result, SCRIPT was created in 2010 to improve prescribing competency among foundation doctors. Since its launch, further SCRIPT variants have been developed for foundation dentists, paediatric trainee specialists, nurses, undergraduate medical and pharmacy students, GPs, and non-medical prescribers.

Each SCRIPT programme consists of a number of modules covering a wide range of crucial therapeutic topics. A module usually takes around 30 – 60 minutes to complete. All course materials have been authored by a team of expert healthcare professionals, and are regularly reviewed and updated.

SCRIPT Timeline

2009

EQUIP Study

The study finds that foundation doctors have error rates of 8-10% in their prescriptions, and that they are poorly prepared for prescribing.
2010

SCRIPT commissioned

Health Education England (West Midlands team) commissions the Universities of Birmingham, Warwick, and Aston to develop an online eLearning programme to improve prescribing competency of trainee doctors
2010

Foundation SCRIPT launched

Foundation SCRIPT (later renamed to Medicine & Surgery SCRIPT) for F1 and F2 trainees goes live with 38 modules (later expanded to 47)
2011

Integration into Training

The foundation doctor programme is integrated into postgraduate training in the West Midlands.
2013

Dental programme launched

Dental SCRIPT with 7 modules for foundation dentists is launched
2016

Paediatric programme launched

Paediatric SCRIPT for specialist paediatric trainees is launched with 11 modules
2016

Nursing programme launched

Nursing SCRIPT goes live with 17 modules commissioned by the Academic Health Science Network
2018

GP version is piloted

GP SCRIPT trialed by West Midlands trainees from February 2018

Meet the Team

Health Education England

Prof Elizabeth Hughes

Prof Elizabeth Hughes

Director of Education and Quality (London and South East)

Matt Aiello

Matt Aiello

Workforce Development Specialist

OCB Media

Dr Nicholas Blackwell

Dr Nicholas Blackwell

Director

Jennifer Ferguson

Jennifer Ferguson

Director of Operations

University of Birmingham

Prof John Marriott

Prof John Marriott

Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, Head of School of Pharmacy

Prof Jamie Coleman

Prof Jamie Coleman

Professor of Clinical Pharmacology and Medical Education

Prof Robin Ferner

Prof Robin Ferner

Professor of Clinical Pharmacology

Dr Sarah Pontefract

Dr Sarah Pontefract

Editorial Lead & Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics

Hannah Vallance

Hannah Vallance

Editorial Manager & Clinical Pharmacist

Dr Julie Mason

Dr Julie Mason

Editorial Manager & Clinical Pharmacist

Tanvi Choudhary

Tanvi Choudhary

Editorial Manager (part-time) & Clinical Pharmacist