eLearning to improve medicines safety

An eLearning programme aiming to improve prescribing practice, therapeutics knowledge, and medicines management among healthcare professionals.

The programme consists of 20 modules covering a range of topics and supports the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Patient Safety Challenge ‘Medication Without Harm’.

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eLearning to support effective and appropriate prescribing practice

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SCRIPT Safety is an eLearning programme that aims to improve prescribing practice, therapeutics knowledge and medicines management.

The SCRIPT programme is funded by Health Education England and has been developed by the University of Birmingham and OCB Media Ltd. There are several portfolios of SCRIPT totalling more than 120 modules.

The modules in this portfolio have been specially selected because they align with the WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge ‘Medication Without Harm’ and NHS Improvement’s medicines safety priority themes: high risk drugs; high-risk parts of the medicines use process and patients with the highest vulnerabilities. The modules provide underpinning knowledge about prescribing, therapeutics and medicines management to support the reduction of medication error and improve patient safety. Modules are available to all NHS staff.

Each standalone module takes around 60 minutes to complete. All modules have been authored by a team of expert healthcare professionals, and are regularly reviewed and updated.

Why use SCRIPT?

Safer prescribing

SCRIPT enhances users’ knowledge to promote the safer use of medicines improving patient safety.

Professional development

Certificates are made available on completion of a module, which can be used 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.

Great customer service

The SCRIPT team offer technical and editorial support for both users and education supervisors.

Quality assured

All modules are authored and regularly reviewed by expert healthcare professionals.


Interactive Content

Compatible with NHS IT systems and mobile platforms

Accessible Modules

Designed to allow for ‘just-in-time’ learning

Pre and Post-Tests

To help identify learning needs and knowledge acquisition

CPD Certificate

As evidence of completion of each module


Both technical and editorial support for both users and educators

Expert Content

Authored and approved by healthcare professionals

Up-to-date Modules

Modules are reviewed regularly and updated in line with new guidance and patient safety alerts


“Really good at consolidating and making NICE guidelines true to case scenarios - therefore easier to remember and learn.”

Pharmacy student

“It has made me more confident, and more aware of issues to consider when prescribing. It has also helped me recognise what is appropriate in certain situations.”

Pharmacy student

“It’s helped raised awareness of interactions and considerations for prescribing and identifying drugs that could be continued or discontinued.”

Pharmacy student

“It has put clinical knowledge into a practical perspective that makes it easier to learn and recall.”

Pharmacy student

“It's a really good resource and the more we use it the better pharmacists we will be! Certain modules should be considered compulsory.”

Pharmacy student

Relevance to Practice


  • Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch

    Recommended that completion of SCRIPT modules should be made mandatory for all prescribers (2018)

  • Health Education England
    Recommended as an educational resource in Health Education England report on ‘The General Practice Nursing Workforce Development Plan (2017)


  • Royal College of Physicians Excellence in Patient Care Awards 2018
    Shortlisted in Education and Training category
    (Medicine and Surgery SCRIPT portfolio)
  • West Midlands Academic Health Science Network Awards
    Highly commended in Patient Safety category
    (Nursing portfolio)
  • Patient Safety Awards 2013
    Winner of Improving Safety in Medicine Management category
    (Medicine and surgery SCRIPT portfolio)
  • Patient Safety Awards 2013
    Finalist in Education and Training category
    (Medicine and surgery SCRIPT portfolio)
  • BMJ  Improving Health Awards 2012
    Finalist: Excellence in Healthcare Education
    (Medicine and surgery SCRIPT portfolio)

Learning Content

20 modules in three categories

High-Risk Drugs
  • Anticoagulation (1)
  • Anticoagulation (2)
  • Management of Pain
  • Palliative and End-of-Life Care
  • Parenteral Poisons
  • Toxic Tablets
Patients with the Highest Vulnerabilities
  • Medicines Management in Care Homes
  • Paediatric Prescribing
  • Prescribing in Older Adults
  • Sepsis in Hospital
  • Sepsis in Primary Care
High-Risk Part of the Medicines Use Process
  •  Adverse Drug Reactions
  • Dosing and Calculation
  • Dose Calculations for Nurses
  • Formulation and Administration
  • Medication Errors
  • Medication Interruptions
  • Medicines Policy for Nurses
  • Managing the Medicines Process*
  • Taking a Safe and Effective Drug History