Resources

Reducing prescribing errors and improving patient safety requires a collaborative effort from all stakeholders, policy makers, healthcare systems, educators and technology companies. BPS Assessment works with all stakeholders to address the problems and deliver improvements in prescribing knowledge and practice.


Below are some reference items and documents we hope you will find helpful. We continue to grow our library of resources so please feel free to contact us with any additional information and materials that could support the understanding and delivery of safer prescribing.

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Pharmacy Leadership in the NHS in England

by Alison G Eggleton

Pharmacy Leadership in the NHS in England

Alison G Eggleton

In this free webinar, you will learn about the pharmacy leadership structure within the NHS in England, the key responsibilities of the main leadership roles, the ways in which pharmacy leadership works with other NHS leaders to plan and deliver services, and the professional development pathways in place that help pharmacists develop leadership skills throughout their career.

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Moving a summative assessment to remote delivery during COVID-19: A case study of the UK Prescribing Safety Assessment

by Professor Simon Maxwell & Dr Lynne Bollington

Moving a summative assessment to remote delivery during COVID-19: A case study of the UK Prescribing Safety Assessment

Social distancing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic presents significant challenges to the delivery of summative assessments, and yet the need for medical students to graduate is greater than ever. This case study describes how the UK Prescribing Safety Assessment has adapted.

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Prescribing Skills Assessment: Successful Remote Sittings 2020

UNSW Sydney

Prescribing Skills Assessment: Successful Remote Sittings 2020

This year, over 280 students successfully completed the PSA exam, conducted remotely, with students using their own devices at home or an alternative suitable venue - ensuring student safety and minimising risk of exposure to COVID-19.

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Prescribing Safety Assessment: a short review of its relationship to the Prescribing Competency Framework

by Professor Simon Maxwell

Prescribing Safety Assessment: a short review of its relationship to the Prescribing Competency Framework

The Prescribing Safety Assessment (PSA) is an online assessment of competency in the safe and effective use of medicines. This study looks at how the PSA aligns to meet the requirements of the Prescribing Competency Framework.

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Prescribing Safety Assessment 2016: Delivery of a national prescribing assessment to 7343 UK final-year medical students

by Professor Simon Maxwell

Prescribing Safety Assessment 2016: Delivery of a national prescribing assessment to 7343 UK final-year medical students

The Prescribing Safety Assessment (PSA) has been developed as an assessment of competence in relation to prescribing and supervising the use of medicines. This report describes the delivery of the PSA to all UK final-year medical students in 2016 (PSA2016).

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Prevalence and economic burden of medication errors in the NHS in England

by EEPRU

Prevalence and economic burden of medication errors in the NHS in England

A rapid synthesis of the evidence and economic analysis of the prevalence and burden of medication errors in the UK.

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Medication Without Harm: the third Global Patient Safety Challenge

by WHO

Medication Without Harm: the third Global Patient Safety Challenge

Globally, the cost associated with medication errors has been estimated at US$ 42 billion annually. the challenge to reduce the level of severe, avoidable harm related to medications by 50% over 5 years, globally.

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A Competency Framework for all Prescribers

by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

A Competency Framework for all Prescribers

A single prescribing competency framework was published by the National Prescribing Centre/National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in 2012. NICE and Health Education England approached the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) to manage the update of the framework on behalf of all the prescribing professions in the UK.

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Hospital readmissions, mortality and potentially inappropriate prescribing: a retrospective study of older adults discharged from hospital

Reducing potentially inappropriate drug prescribing in nursing home residents: effectiveness of a geriatric intervention

Effects of training physicians in electronic prescribing in the outpatient setting on clinical, learning and behavioural outcomes: a cluster randomized trial

Impact of antimicrobial stewardship programme on hospitalized patients at the intensive care unit: a prospective audit and feedback study

Incidence and cost of medication harm in older adults following hospital discharge: a multicentre prospective study in the UK

Systematic review of predictive risk models for adverse drug events in hospitalized patients

Oxycodone-induced tolerance to respiratory depression: reversal by ethanol, pregabalin and protein kinase C inhibition

Involvement of CYP1B1 in interferon ?-induced alterations of epithelial barrier integrity

Activity of novel lipid glycine transporter inhibitors on synaptic signalling in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord

1,3,6,7-Tetrahydroxy-8-prenylxanthone ameliorates inflammatory responses resulting from the paracrine interaction of adipocytes and macrophages

The current state of GPCR-based drug discovery to treat metabolic disease

Antidepressant-like effects of BU10119, a novel buprenorphine analogue with mixed ?/? receptor antagonist properties, in mice

Differential effects of selective agonists of neuromedin U1 and U2 receptors in obese and diabetic mice

Opioid-induced inhibition of the human 5-HT and noradrenaline transporters in vitro: link to clinical reports of serotonin syndro

Antibiotic-induced dysbiosis of the microbiota impairs gut neuromuscular function in juvenile mice

The macrolide antibiotic renaissance

The dynamic interaction between pain and opioid misuse

Anti-ageing active ingredients from herbs and nutraceuticals used in traditional Chinese medicine: pharmacological mechanisms and implications for drug discovery

The Warburg effect and drug resistance

Blood-brain and retinal barriers show dissimilar ABC transporter impacts and concealed effect of P-glycoprotein on a novel verapamil influx carrier

Undergraduate preparation for prescribing: the views of 2413 UK medical students and recent graduates

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