Learning to prescribe is an essential part of medical training. Due to various high profile serious prescribing errors, the GMC have introduced stricter prescribing standards which medical students must meet in order to graduate. This book helps medical students learn the essentials of safe prescribing practice, and is aimed directly at their needs. It covers all the aspects of prescribing required by the GMC, including principles of prescribing, law and ethics, professional responsibilities, patient communication, at-risk groups, avoiding common errors and what to do when things go wrong.
Directly linked to the prescribing competencies in the GMC's Tomorrow's Doctors and Good Practice in Prescribing Medicines
Real-life prescribing case studies and scenarios relate the principles to actual practice and placement situations
Activities throughout each chapter for testing prescribing knowledge and skills
Test questions for the new Prescribing Skills Assessment to help students prepare and be confident that they can pass.
Helen Bradbury is Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds working in both education and healthcare. She is the programme leader for the Masters in Clinical Education and has published on reflective practice and e-learning. Helen worked in the NHS for 20 years as a hospital pharmacist before commencing her academic career. Barry Strickland-Hodge is Head of the Medicines Management Academic Unit and Senior Pharmacy Lecturer at the University of Leeds School of Healthcare leading on independent and supplementary prescribing. He was formerly an adviser in the Medicines and Prescribing Team of Newham PCT and has published widely in prescribing and pharmacy. He was designated Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain in 2008.
Introduction: The Challenge of Prescribing - Arnold Zermansky Communication and Patient Collaboration - Catherine Gill and Monica Murphy Law, Ethics and Professional Responsibilities in Prescribing Practice - Monica Murphy and Catherine Gill Evidenced-Based Practice and Keeping up to Date - Andy Hutchinson and Jonathan Underhill Working with Others - Greg Heath and Helen Bradbury Medicines Requiring Particular Care - Natalie Bryars Prescribing for Specialist Patient Groups - Daniel Greer Common Errors - David Alldred Adverse Drug Reactions - Barry Strickland-Hodge Drug Interactions - Barry Strickland-Hodge