Medicine & SurgeryeLearning to prepare for effective and appropriate prescribing practice
Consisting of 47 modules covering a range of therapeutic topics and aligns with GMC guidance on safe prescribing and medical education.
Medicine & Surgery SCRIPT is an eLearning programme, which aims to improve prescribing competency and safety among trainee doctors. It is now being used by all Foundation Schools in England.
In 2009, the EQUIP study commissioned by the GMC found that trainee doctors prescribe with an error rate of 8-10%. In response, Health Education England (West Midlands team) commissioned SCRIPT. It was developed by the Universities of Birmingham, Aston and Warwick, and OCB Media Ltd.
Each module 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.
Why use SCRIPT?
SCRIPT enhances trainees’ 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 all modules are authored and regularly reviewed by expert healthcare professionals.
Pre and Post-Tests
“Since the introduction of SCRIPT in supporting our senior students’ learning of prescribing, their success in the Prescribing Safety Assessment has continued to improve, so much so that we had a 100% 1st sit pass rate in 2017.”
University of Leicester
“QMUL has integrated selected SCRIPT modules as required coursework during MBBS Years 4 and 5 – they are a greatly valued component of our Prescribing Safety Assessment preparation. The SCRIPT modules are of enormous value in assisting our Year 4 and 5 MBBS students with revision of clinical pharmacology principles learned in earlier years but which have dimmed with time. SCRIPT modules are particularly suited for our widely dispersed students who use them as coursework to revise important principles of clinical pharmacology, therapeutics and prescribing during MBBS senior years.”
“The recent new modules in SCRIPT helpfully extend the coverage of prescribing areas, while changes for the SCRIPT user, such as being able to re-take the post-tests without re-doing the whole SCRIPT module, have been welcomed by our students, resulting in the completion rates for the core modules rising again this year. Changes to the administrator system have made it much easier for academics and managers to search for individual student records and produce reports. SCRIPT continues to be the main online resource for prescribing and PSA preparation at our medical school.”
“The use of SCRIPT has significantly contributed towards an enhancement in the MBChB curriculum themes of therapeutics, patient safety and prescribing knowledge within the Liverpool School of Medicine. We feel that positive student feedback for these themes and an improvement in the fifth year performance within the national Prescribing Safety Assessment are both strong indicators that this platform is an effective addition to our learning and self-assessment resources. “
“SCRIPT has influenced my attitude towards Prescribing - it's made me always double check everything for myself prior to, during and after Prescribing. This has increased my confidence to pick up mistakes and errors.”
“It helped to prompt me to think about prescribing - without SCRIPT there would not be much opportunity to learn about prescribing apart from being proactive on the wards.”
“I'd also just like to say the SCRIPT e-learning package is great! (And that's coming from an e-learning sceptic). Very thorough, and should save some lives by reducing prescription errors by junior docs.”
"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!"
“It’s filled gaps in my knowledge. It covers everything I need to know at my level.”
“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 went back to the toolkit when I was unsure with regards to prescribing a drug in a patient on the ward with renal impairment.”
“I did NOT know you should reduce the dose of paracetamol for an adult weighing less than 50kg!”
“Perioperative prescribing has been the most useful and practically applicable module I have undertaken thus far – very useful”
Relevance to Practice
- General Medical Council
Aligns with GMC Standards in ‘Promoting excellence: standards for medical education and training’ (2015)
- 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
Used across the UK
by Foundation Schools in the following regions…
- West Midlands
- East Midlands
- East of England
- Kent, Surrey & Sussex
- North Central & East London
- North East
- North West
- North West London
- South London
- South West
- Thames Valley
- Yorkshire and Humber
- Northern Ireland
47 modules in 7 categories
Principles of Prescribing
- Prescription Documentation
- Prescribing and Therapeutics in Foundation Training
- Fundamentals of Pharmacology
- Taking a Safe and Effective Drug History
- Adherence and Concordance
- Clinical Kinetics
- Dosing and Calculation
- Formulation and Administration
- Prescribing in Infection
- Utilising the BNF(C)
Managing the Risks of Prescribing
- Adverse Drug Reactions
- Medication Errors
- Monitoring Drug Therapy
- Drug Interactions
- Toxic Tablets
- Parenteral Poisons
- Respiratory Medicine
- Psychiatric Symptom Management in General Hospital Settings
- Infection in Secondary Care
- Management of Pain
- Heart Failure
- Cardiac Dysrhythmias
- Drugs of Misuse
- Prescribing at the Interface and Team Prescribing
- Managing Complications of Anticancer Therapies
- Palliative and End-of-Life Care
Prescribing in Medical Emergencies
- Drug Allergy and Anaphylaxis
- Cardiac Arrest
- Diabetic Emergencies
Prescribing in Special Circumstances
- Perioperative Prescribing
- Prescribing in Hepatic Dysfunction
- Prescribing in Renal Dysfunction
- Prescribing in Older Adults
- Prescribing in Pregnancy
- Prescribing in Breastfeeding
- Paediatric Prescribing
- Dementia Friendly Prescribing
- Rational Drug Choice
- Root Cause Analysis