Clinical Pharmacology and Prescribing - elearning for healthcare
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  • British Pharmacological Society

About the Clinical Pharmacology and Prescribing programme

Prescribe provides elearning materials to help medical students (and students of other healthcare professions) to develop a firm grounding in the principles of clinical pharmacology, which underpin safe and effective prescribing in the NHS. It is being developed by the British Pharmacological Society, a community of over 3,500 scientists that leads the way in the research and application of pharmacology around the world, in collaboration with HEE elearning for healthcare (elfh).

Programme content

Prescribe contains both interactive learning sessions and information designed to support medical students in achieving the relevant knowledge and skills outcomes identified by the General Medical Council in its recommendations on undergraduate medical education contained within Outcomes for Graduates (originally published in Tomorrow’s Doctors 2009). It is intended to complement existing teaching initiatives and is made available free of charge to students registered with UK universities and NHS-affiliated organisations.

Programme background

The learning outcomes set out in Outcomes for Graduates reflect earlier proposals made by the Safe Prescribing Working Group, convened by the Medical Schools Council in 2007 and set out in greater detail within the British Pharmacological Society’s curriculum for medical students. The curriculum is available for download in pdf format:

Curriculum guide >

These competencies include the ability to:

  • establish an accurate drug history
  • plan appropriate therapy for common indications
  • write a safe and legal prescription
  • appraise critically the prescribing of others
  • calculate appropriate doses
  • provide patients with appropriate information
  • access reliable information about medicines
  • detect and report adverse drug reactions

Meet the team

  • Simon Maxwell

    Clinical Project Lead for Prescribe
  • Peter Wright

    Peter Wright

    Project Manager, BPS
  • Alison Eggleton

    Senior Editor
  • elfh-staff-Neha-Baj-learning-profile

    Neha Baj

    Content Development Lead, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • andi blackmore

    Andi Blackmore

    Project Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Paula Casey

    Paula Casey

    Learning Designer, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Charlotte Howell

    Charlotte Howell

    Learning Designer, HEE elearning for healthcare

How to access

In order to access the Clinical Pharmacology and Prescribing programme, you will need an elfh account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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Not an NHS organisation?

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To check whether or not you qualify for free access via OpenAthens, you can view the eligibility criteria and register on the ‘OpenAthens’ portal.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the Clinical Pharmacology and Prescribing programme, please contact elfh directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact elfh directly to express interest.

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