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NHS Medicines Safety

Digital Workshed and the CPPE have launched the Medicine Safety app.


The app is a quick way for any health care professional to test their knowledge on high risk areas for medicines safety incidents. It provides a quiz with a series of 10 multiple choice questions chosen randomly from a bank of questions for each topic or mixed up in a “Lucky Dip”. The topics included so far are:


– Insulin
– Allergies
– Opioids
– Anticoagulation
– Medicines Safety


Regardless of whether you get the question right or wrong, the answer will provide links to further information & learning on the topic.


“Currently aimed at hospital staff, this app is designed to be used by junior doctors, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, nurses, non-medical prescribers and undergraduate trainees. The format is simple, quick to complete & fun to use so it can be used anywhere by individuals in a spare 5 minutes. Crucially, it stimulates further learning so it can be used to generate ideas for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) portfolios as well as improving practice. You can even request a certificate of completion at the end! Another option is to use it in group learning situations as a starting point for discussion on key safety issues.” – Liz Reid, Development Pharmacist, CPPE


“I’m delighted that CPPE has been able to work closely with the NHS safety experts to develop this App, which will be very helpful to raise the profile of medicines safety and encourage work based learning” – Professor Christopher Cutts, Director, Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education


“Patient safety is a fundamental issue in the modern NHS. Over 10% of the 1,293,833 patient safety incidents reported to the National Reporting & Learning System (NRLS) in the 12 months ending June 2012 were related to medication. The NHS Outcomes framework 2013 to 2014 specifically identifies medicines safety as a measure where there is room for improvement. Any initiative that can contribute to making zero harm a reality in our NHS is to be welcomed.” – Professor Ged Byrne, Director of Education and Quality Health Education North West


Ensuring patient safety is a priority for all healthcare professionals and a thorough understanding of the complexity of the safe and effective use of medicines is fundamental to risk-free practice. Healthcare professionals need to have cutting-edge knowledge of the high risk medicine groups and this excellent app developed by the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE), University of Manchester, can help ensure this by providing an accessible, stimulating and innovative way to test and refresh understanding and knowledge. We are therefore pleased to recommend the app as a key learning resource for all those committed to patient safety through effective medicine’s management.


Funded by Health Education North West (HENW), the app is currently available free to all from the App Store for iPhone/iPad users and a version for Android devices will be released shortly.

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