SCRIPT Medicines Management

Patient safety

Partner Organisations

  • University of Birmingham
  • Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust
  • Health Education England

Themes

  • Digital health
  • Education and skills
  • Innovation and adoption

Date Initiated

31 March 2014

Project Status

In Progress

Medication is the most common intervention in clinical practice, costing the NHS around £13 billion per year. There are many problems with medication use in practice: 30%–50% of medicines are not taken as intended; patients have insufficient information about their medicines, while there is an expectation that they should share in making decisions about their treatment;  medication errors and adverse drug events are relatively common across all sectors and age groups; and avoidable wastage on medicines may exceed £150 million per year in the NHS. In the UK, medication errors account for 10%–20% of all adverse events in the NHS, and preventable harm from medicines is estimated to cost more than £750 million each year.

To address the training need relating to medicines management and medicines optimisation, an eLearning programme for nurses was developed, based on the established successful SCRIPT programme for Foundation trainee doctors (available at www.safeprescriber.org). The aims of the project were to:

  • Create an eLearning platform for qualified nurses that can support their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and process of revalidation
  • Maintain and develop professional knowledge and competence of qualified nurses, relating to the use of medicines
  • Encourage safe and effective medicines management by developing modules that reflect current practice in the UK.

The University of Birmingham and OCB Media Ltd, in collaboration with Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, were commissioned to develop the resource. It has also been developed in close collaboration with Health Education England.

Programme Outcomes

  • The eLearning can be accessed online at www.safeprescriber.org and is freely available to all qualified nurse practitioners in the West Midlands
  • The portfolio of 17 modules covers the principles of medicines management, managing the risks and specific therapeutic topics
  • All modules have been authored by specialist healthcare professionals and have been externally peer reviewed to ensure accuracy and relevance to practice
  • A user guide has been created to help nurse practitioners register, which also provides further information about the portfolio of modules and their learning outcomes.

Programme Lead

Dr Jamie Coleman
e: j.j.coleman@bham.ac.uk
t: 0121 371 8061