General PracticeeLearning for effective and appropriate prescribing practice
An eLearning programme aiming to improve prescribing competency and safety among General Practitioners.
The programme consists of 24 modules covering a range of therapeutic topics and aligns with GMC guidance on safe prescribing.
The programme is currently being trialed by GP trainees in the West Midlands and will be made more widely available in the near future.
General Practice SCRIPT is an eLearning programme, which aims to improve prescribing competency and safety among General Practitioners and GP trainees.
In 2010, the GMC’s PRACtICE study, which investigated prescribing and monitoring errors in general practice, found that 1 in 20 prescription items contained either a prescribing or monitoring error, affecting 1 in 8 patients. General Practice SCRIPT was commissioned by Health Education England and is being developed by the University of Birmingham and OCB Media Ltd.
General Practice SCRIPT consists of 24 modules covering a range of therapeutic topics and aligns with GMC guidance on safe prescribing. Each module takes around 30 – 60 minutes to complete. All course materials have been authored by a team of expert healthcare professionals, and will be regularly reviewed and updated.
General Practice SCRIPT has been accredited by the RCGP as a high quality and relevant educational resource.
Why use SCRIPT?
SCRIPT enhances GP’s knowledge and confidence in prescribing correctly, improving patient safety.
Certificates are made available on completion of a module, which can be used for online learning portfolios as evidence of continuing professional development.
SCRIPT is easily accessible and intuitive to use, allowing users to complete modules at their convenience and refer back to modules at any time during their training.
Great customer service
The SCRIPT team offer technical and editorial support for both users and educational supervisors.
SCRIPT aligns with GMC guidance on safe prescribing and has been accredited by the RCGP.
Compatible with NHS IT systems and mobile platforms
Designed to allow for ‘just-in-time’ learning
Pre and Post-Tests
To help identify learning needs and knowledge acquisition
As evidence of completion of each module
Both technical and editorial support for both users and educators
Authored and approved by healthcare professionals
Modules are reviewed regularly and updated in line with new guidance and patient safety alerts
"It’s made me a better doctor."
"Particularly like the ‘bath tub’ analogy used to illustrate actions of ACE inhibitors on the kidney, revolutionised my understanding!"
After doing one module, I realised I had made an error in converting a dose of lithium from tablets to liquid. I was able to contact the patient and correct the error.
“I did NOT know you should reduce the dose of paracetamol for an adult weighing less than 50kg!”
“I am very impressed that the feedback was taken on board so quickly; this is in keeping with my experience of SCRIPT as an excellent learning resource!”
Relevance to Practice
- Health Education England
Recommended as a key educational strategy in Health Education England report on ‘Combating antimicrobial resistance’ (2017)
- Patient Safety Awards 2013
Winner of Improving Safety in Medicine Management category
- Patient Safety Awards 2013
Finalist in Education and Training category
- BMJ Improving Health Awards 2012
Finalist: Excellence in Healthcare Education
24 modules in 4 categories – coming soon!
Principles of Prescribing
- Adherence and Concordance
- Managing the Medicines process
- Managing the Risks of Prescribing
- Prescription Documentation and Shared Care
- Prescribing in Infection
- Utilising the BNF(C)
- The Prescribing Landscape
- Gastrointestinal medicine
- Paediatric Dermatology
- Pain Management and End-of-Life Care
Prescribing in Medical Emergencies
- Acute Coronary Syndrome
- Asthma and Croup
- Meningococcal Disease
Prescribing in Special Circumstances
- Dementia Friendly Prescribing
- Developmental Pharmacology in Paediatrics
- Practical Prescribing in Paediatrics
- Renal and Hepatic
- Older Adults
- Pregnancy and Breastfeeding