CANADIAN MEDICS ADOPT UK LEARNING SYSTEM TO SUPPORT MEDICATION SAFETY

Canadian Med Safety

BPS Assessment (the online learning arm of the British Pharmacological Society) is providing support to physicians in Canada, with the introduction of its pioneering learning technology aimed at ensuring safer prescribing techniques.

The agreement between BPS Assessment, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Royal College), aims to address the risk of medication errors and therefore improve public health. The World Health Organization estimates the annual cost of such errors to be over $42 billion USD worldwide.

The new assessment and learning technology offered by BPS Assessment will provide prescribing skills modules for Royal College Fellows, and give them the chance to sit an exam based on the principles of the UK Prescribing Safety Assessment (PSA)*, which is already taken by UK medical undergraduates. The programme, which will start in early 2019, follows a successful eight-week trial between the Royal College and BPS Assessment.

As part of the partnership, physicians will have access to online prescribing skills modules in Canada’s official languages (English and French), tailored for the needs of the Canadian healthcare context.

“These modules align with our priorities to provide our Fellows with engaging, relevant content to keep up to date on skills needed for treating patients in the 21st century,” said Dr Andrew Padmos, Royal College CEO.

By supporting prescribers with a rich online learning environment, the Royal College and BPS Assessment together aim to reduce the human and financial risks caused by incorrect prescriptions and by errors in guidance given to patience.

Jonathan Brüün, Managing Director of BPS Assessment, believes this collaboration will provide a significant boost to improving standards in the safe administration of medicines. “BPS Assessment is committed to improving public health and patient safety, and to helping physicians maintain their skills and standards. Our online training offers a unique contribution to those objectives.”