The aim of
this online teaching module is to familiarise you with the practical application of the Trust's
prescribing policies to written scripts on the drug chart, and to help you to 'bridge the gap' between the
theoretical pharmacology you will have learnt at medical school and the practical
ward-based prescribing skills you will need as an FY1 doctor.
Firstly ensure you are familiar with the layout of the current Trust's inpatient prescribing chart by clicking this link.
There may be layout changes in the latest version of the drug chart compared to the examples in this tutorial as we learn from reported errors and others successful design practice.
You will find links back to this page and to the formulary at the bottom of the home page.
While designed for FY1
induction, this module may also help other junior doctors joining the Trust. A lot of being a
junior doctor is about communicating with other healthcare professionals to
optimise patient outcomes. Correct use of the drug chart and effective
communication about medication with nurses and pharmacists, for example, is
vitally important. A huge proportion of patient safety incidents in hospital
relate to poor prescribing practice, especially by juniors.
We hope that this
module, coupled with the interactive seminar between a current FY1, a pharmacist
and yourselves during Induction Week, will help you to identify where common errors
can occur and help you minimise any mistakes
during your first few weeks and beyond. The responsibility of having to
prescribe medication in 'real life' is one of the most daunting parts of
starting FY1, so we hope this will improve your confidence in doing this from
We have put together the following short interactive cases,
which outline specific scenarios where many of these errors occur. You will be
asked to identify mistakes on the drug chart. Annotations will then provide
further information and advice, from an FY1's point of view. It is clearly not
possible to teach you everything about prescribing here : you will hone the
majority of your practical skills whilst on the wards. But this should give you
a good introduction to ensure that easily preventable mistakes are not made and
that you get in to good prescribing habits early on in your careers!
Other relevant websites are:
Online prescribing chart demo
Example of VTE risk assessment screens in Vitalpac®
Module designed by Dr. Aamir Saifuddin, Dr. Kavitha Vimalesvaran FY1s 2012
V1.2016 ęCopyright 2012,2013,2015,2016
Change log is here
This module has only been tested on the latest standard compliant browsers, IE8 using a mouse, and iOS for touch interface. In IE7 some colourful functionality may be lost. Some links will only work within the Trust.