Prescribe e-learning initiative

Many of the regular visitors to this site will have followed progress of the Prescribe project with interest.

We’re therefore delighted to let you know that a beta version of the site may now be accessed free of charge by students and members of staff from medical schools across the UK and Ireland.

Prescribe is an e-learning resource to help medical students (and students of other healthcare professions) develop a firm grounding in the principles of basic and clinical pharmacology, which underpin safe and effective prescribing in the NHS.

The project, which is being supported and developed by the BPS, provides a new online platform featuring e-learning sessions, initially covering pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, and a range of other resources.

Professor Simon Maxwell, Prescribe Clinical Lead, highlights the options: “There are a small but growing number of sessions available to users of the site. Each session has a series of learning objectives, pages of information with dynamic illustrations, and regular knowledge checks to test the user’s growing understanding of the subject.

“We’ve built the site on a learning management system, so users can keep a record of their progress through the sessions. We’ve also included a range of other resources such as a library, a glossary and links to further learning.

“The intention is that this relatively small-scale beta site will be tested over the coming year, and will form the basis of a much more comprehensive resource which will be available for years to come.”

The materials are intended to complement existing teaching initiatives, and students from medical schools in the UK and Ireland can register for Prescribe without charge. To register, simply follow the links at

More Information

Professor Simon Maxwell explores the reasoning behind creating a national e-learning initiative for prescribers at the BPS Winter Meeting 2009

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