Meds IQ | E-Learning | Safe prescribing

Prescriber's guide

Course summary

This guide has been developed to support pharmacy professionals in accessing information relevant to theirrole in prescribing by demonstrating how to identify their learning and development needs.It details a comprehensive range of resources that will help them to update knowledge, develop skills and gather evidence of their competence to prescribe.Most of the guide is suitable for all patient groups however the guide does specifically consider safeguarding children, consulting with children and young people and use of the BNFc and unlicensed and off-label medicines.

Aims and objectives

This guide supports pharmacist prescribers to identify their learning needs and signpost them to resources to help meet these needs. It is linked to the National Prescribing Centre (NPC) publication A single competency framework for all prescribers and can help to address most of the competency outcomes. It contains three outcome statements:

  • understand the advantages and limitations of different information sources available to prescribers
  • access relevant, up-to-date information using trusted evidence-based resources
  • regularly review the evidence base behind therapeutic strategies.

Part one: using a competency framework Here we explain how to use a competency framework as a learning needs assessment tool and how to create a learning plan. Working through part one will help you to identify the resources from parts two and three that will support your individual learning needs. Part two: resources We have collated this comprehensive range of resources around themes of prescribing competencies to help you to navigate. We include details of how to access each resource, reasons to choose that resource rather than something else, and whether access to it is limited or involves a fee. Part three: setting/clinical discipline-specific resources These are resources that may be relevant to practitioners in more specialist roles where non-medical prescribing is common or there is a specific strategy for non-medical prescribing.

Learning outcomes

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:

  • identify personal learning needs in relation to prescribing
  • create an action plan to address identified learning needs
  • build a library of reliable, evidence-based information sources
  • plan actions that will build prescribing confidence.
Quality assurance/MHRA Registration

All CPPE programmes undergo a rigorous QA process with highly skilled learning development pharmacists and national topic experts to check for clinical accuracy. All CPPE programmes are funded by NHS Health Education England.