Medication e-learning for nurses aims to improve patient safety

Posted on 30 May 2017 (Permalink)

The SCRIPT eLearning toolkit for nurses in the West Midlands provides free training around drug safety and medicine optimisation, which remains a crucial issue within patient safety.

Medication is the most common intervention in clinical practice, yet medication errors account for 10-20% of all adverse events and a quarter of litigations claims in the NHS. The cost of avoidable medicine wastage has been estimated to exceed £150 million per year.

SCRIPT aims to improve nurses’ knowledge and confidence in all aspects of medication management. It is freely available to all qualified NHS nurses within the West Midlands, and is also being trialled by several trusts elsewhere in the UK, as well as two nursing schools.

Sixteen modules cover a range of topics including the principles of medicines management, managing risks related to medication use, and specific therapeutic topics, including anticoagulation, infection and pain management. Each module is 30-40 minutes in length and nurses can download a certificate on completion, which can be used as evidence of CPD for revalidation purposes.

SCRIPT for nurses is based on the successful SCRIPT e-learning programme for foundation doctors, which is now being used by all trainee doctors in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to improve prescribing competency. Nursing SCRIPT has been developed by the University of Birmingham and OCB Media Ltd, in collaboration with Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust and Health Education England.

To access SCRIPT or find out more about the programme, visit, or contact the SCRIPT team at