Prescribing Simulator - elearning for healthcare
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This programme is in partnership with...
  • British Pharmacological Society
  • Health Education England

About the Prescribing Simulator

The British Pharmacological Society and Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) are proud to present the Prescribing Simulator.

The Prescribing Simulator is a formative assessment tool for all prescribers to develop their prescribing skills at any time or place. Users are presented with clinical scenarios in a hospital setting that require a medicine to be prescribed using an electronic prescription form. The prescription is then automatically scored, and feedback is provided to guide the user as to where improvements can be made.

After logging into the simulator users can select a test based on either clinical setting, therapeutic area or even patient age. Selecting the test allows a particular strength or weakness to be targeted to areas of personal improvement. Alternatively, users can access pre-prepared assessments for a variety of lengths and topics to test their general knowledge.

More information

The Prescribing Simulator is a formative assessment tool for all prescribers. Whilst the scenarios are written in a hospital setting the cases are still relevant to general practitioners, pharmacists and other prescribing groups.

  • Gastrointestinal diseases (GIT)
  • Cardiovascular diseases (CVS)
  • Respiratory disease (RESP)
  • Neurological disease (NEURO)
  • Psychiatric disease (PSYCH)
  • Infectious disease (ID)
  • Endocrinological and metabolic disease (ENDO)
  • Dermatological disease (DERM)
  • Ear, Nose and Throat disorders (ENT)

After logging into the simulator users can select tests based on clinical setting or therapeutic area to complete targeted development based on the following areas:

  • Ophthalmological disease (EYE)
  • Haematological disease (HAEM)
  • Oncology and palliative medicine (ONC)
  • Rheumatological disease (RHEUM)
  • Renal diseases (RENAL)
  • Urological disorders (UROL)
  • Surgical diseases (SURG)
  • Obstetrics and gynaecology (O&G)

Meet the team

  • Simon Maxwell – Medical Director of the Prescribing Simulator
  • Jodie Gwenter – Senior Author
  • Alison Eggleton – Author
  • Vincent Yip – Author
  • Dagan Lonsdale – Author
  • Chris Cammack – Platform Team Lead, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Alex Drinkall – Stakeholder Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Martin Sinclair – Programme Lead, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Peter Wright – IT Support, British Pharmacological Society
  • Lee Page – Project Lead, British Pharmacological Society
  • Ruth Meyer – Project Developer, British Pharmacological Society
  • Frankie O’Brien – Design and Development, iflourish
  • Rob Lenihan – Design and Development, iflourish
  • Ian Robinson – Design and Development, HEE elearning for healthcare

How to access

In order to access the Prescribing Simulator programme, you will need an elfh account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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To view the Prescribing Simulator programme, select the View button below. If you already have an account with elfh, you will also be able to login and enrol on the programme from the View button.

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NHS healthcare staff in England

The Prescribing Simulator programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this elearning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Further details are available here.

Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access elfh Hub, you may be able to access the service by creating an OpenAthens account.

To check whether or not you qualify for free access via OpenAthens, you can view the eligibility criteria and register on the ‘OpenAthens’ portal.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the Prescribing Simulator programme, please contact elfh directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact elfh directly to express interest.

More information

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