Primary CareeLearning for effective and appropriate prescribing practice
An eLearning programme aiming to improve therapeutics knowledge among primary care staff.
The programme consists of modules covering a range of therapeutic topics relating to prescribing and medicines safety.
Primary Care SCRIPT is an eLearning programme, which aims to improve prescribing competency and safety among General Practitioners, GP trainees and other prescribing staff working in the primary care setting.
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. Primary Care SCRIPT was commissioned by Health Education England and is being developed by the University of Birmingham and OCB Media Ltd.
Primary Care SCRIPT consists of 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.
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.
Pre and Post-Tests
"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
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