Prescribing Skills Assessment

Better prescribing

Better patient safety


The Prescribing Skills Assessment is an online assessment tool for institutions and organisations looking to measure and improve prescribing safety and skill.


With question items written by expert pharmacologists, pharmacists and clinicians, the Prescribing Skills Assessment is a valid and reliable test of prescribing competency. It is derived from the UK Prescribing Safety Assessment (PSA) and can be tailored to suit different regions and medical databases.


It is now being used by medical schools, pharmacy schools and healthcare institutions all over the world.

Over 1,000 questions available


Over 1,000 questions are available across 8 core areas of prescribing skills, from prescription review to drug monitoring. These questions span a range of clinical settings, including General Practice, Paediatrics, Opioids and AMR.


Once the candidate completes all questions within a formative assessment, answer data is stored for download by the educator. Feedback can be withheld and released at the time of choosing.


Practice assessments are also available, meaning that each learner can access answers and detailed, data-rich feedback on demand, allowing for multiple retries.


Prescribing Skills Assessment questions are suitable from undergraduate to professional level. And it's not just prescribing doctors who can benefit - Sections 2-8 are relevant for nurses, pharmacists and dentists too. 


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Section 8

Data

Interpretation

Section 1

Prescribing


Section 2

Prescription

Review

Section 7

Drug

Monitoring

Prescribing Skills Assessment

Section 3

Planning

Management

Section 6

Adverse Drug

Reactions

Section 5

Calculation

Skills

Section 4

Providing

Information

Over 1,000 questions are available across 8 core areas of prescribing skills, from prescription review to drug monitoring. These questions span a range of clinical settings, including General Practice, Paediatrics, Opioids and AMR and mirror the question styles used in the UK Prescribing Safety Assessment (PSA).


Once the candidate completes all questions within a formative assessment, answer data is stored for download by the educator. Feedback can be withheld and released at the time of choosing.


Practice assessments are also available, meaning that each learner can access answers and detailed, data-rich feedback on demand, allowing for multiple retries.


Prescribing Skills Assessment questions are suitable from undergraduate to professional level. And it's not just prescribing doctors who can benefit - we can tailor the content for pharmacists, nurses and dentists too. 


Talk to us about a demonstration today. 

Realistic clinical cases

Split into 8 distinct skill areas


8 question styles cover all major aspects of the clinical activity undertaken by prescribers, testing skills in specific and realistic clinical scenarios.

Developed

by experts

Written by practising prescribers


The Prescribing Skills Assessment goes through the same quality control and peer review processes as the UK PSA, with content written by experts.

Instant

feedback

Self-marking assessments


Formative and summative assessment styles available, with data-rich instant feedback on both correct and incorrect answers for practice papers.

Cloud-based

convenience

Flexible online and distance learning


Our digital learning platform is easily accessible anywhere, anytime, from any device, with a simple login. Remote sittings are available.  

The Prescribing Skills Assessment is a great initiative, one that is sorely needed in Canadian medical schools as well as the UK. We hope to continue to work with the BPS to expand the application of the Prescribing Skills Assessment across Ontario then Canada.

Professor Anne Holbrook, MD, PharmD, MSc, FRCP(C)

Director, Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, Department of Medicine, McMaster University

McMaster University

Canada

Thank you to the BPS Assessment team and UNSW Medicine for enabling medical students to have the opportunity to sit the Prescribing Skills Assessment exam remotely and safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. This year over 280 students successfully completed the Prescribing Skills Assessment exam, conducted remotely, with students using their own devices at home or an alternative suitable venue. 

University of New South Wales, Sydney 

UNSW Medicine

Australia

About the Prescribing Skills Assessment

The Prescribing Skills Assessment is a valid and reliable test of prescribing competency delivered by BPS Assessment in partnership with medical schools and healthcare institutions all over the world. 


This unique online assessment tool is derived from the UK Prescribing Safety Assessment. It uses the same cloud-based platform as the UK PSA, offering the same question styles and the same processes for quality control and peer review. 


The Prescribing Skills Assessment offers both formative and summative assessments. Data-rich feedback is provided to learners for optimal and sub-optimal answers, and our flexible online platform means that practice papers can be accessed anywhere, at any time. 


The Prescribing Skills Assessment can be tailored to suit different regions and medication databases. We have also created a version specifically for pharmacists.


With question items written by expert pharmacologists, pharmacists and clinicians, the Prescribing Skills Assessment offers an unparalleled opportunity for international medical schools and healthcare organisations to test the knowledge and skills of their prescribers - from trainees to experienced professionals.


BPS Assessment have successfully delivered remote sittings during the COVID-19 pandemic alongside our global partners (read UNSW's case study here). We're happy to arrange remote sittings for any of our Prescribing Skills Assessment customers and their students - please contact us to find out more. 


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To request a demonstration of the Prescribing Skills Assessment and to discuss your requirements with us, please get in touch. 


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We can work with you to customise the Prescribing Skills Assessment product to best suit your country or regional requirements, including translation and adaptation to local standards and regulations. If you're interested in discussing this option with us, please contact our team.