Supporting junior doctors in safe prescribing is a new guide for supporting junior doctors when prescribing in hospitals, built on published evidence and best practice.
Junior doctors are responsible for two thirds of all hospital prescriptions. Prescribing is a significant part of their role, but despite this, induction processes and postgraduate teaching around safe prescribing can be variable. Moreover, there is lack of a concerted effort to address the safety culture around safe prescribing, with junior doctors often being unaware of their mistakes and not always receiving the feedback that they need to learn and to continuously improve.
Prescribing is a significant part of their [junior doctors'] role, but despite this, induction processes and postgraduate teaching around safe prescribing can be variable.
The aim of this guidance is to give postgraduate medical education leads and those responsible for quality and safety within trusts a framework to address these issues. We believe that the implementation of these recommendations will lead to improved support for junior doctors and safer care for patients.