SCRIPT On-line Prescription Tutor

Background

SCRIPT (Strathclyde Customised Randomised Interactive Prescription Tutor) was developed by Dr Anne Boyter (Senior Lecturer and MPharm Director) and Ian Thompson (IT Specialist) in the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences (SIPBS) to provide additional support for MPharm students. It has seen significant enhancement since its creation in 2005 and is now used by more than 1100 students at Strathclyde and by six other UK Schools of Pharmacy.

Technology

SCRIPT is a web based tool that allows students to gain experience in handling mock prescriptions, and identifying legal, ethical and clinical errors. The system allows for localisation (patient and prescriber addresses) and randomly generates names and other data to generate a vast array of permutations on a set of over 600 prescriptions, covering NHS and private prescriptions from GPs, dentists, vets, emergency supplies, and register entries, and accompanying labels.


Students are given immediate feedback on their performance when using SCRIPT, as it highlights any errors they make or miss, gives an explanation of the answer, and keeps a personal record of all the students’ attempts. The tutor assesses the students using a customisable marking guide, allowing staff to determine the marking scheme used, or the ability for a feedback-only operating mode. The virtual learning environment allows tutorials to be released on specific dates and switched on and off as appropriate to coincide with specific laboratory sessions.
The tutor provides an excellent flexible learning tool and revision aid and has proven effective as both a supplemental learning tool and also as a replacement for class teaching1. E-learning can reduce the staff time in pharmacy practice teaching without affecting student performance.

1 Zlotos L, Thompson ID, Boyter AC.  Integration of an online simulated prescription analysis into undergraduate pharmacy teaching using supplemental and replacement models.  Am J Pharm Educ. 2015 25;79(3):37. doi: 10.5688/ajpe79337.
2 Zlotos L, Kayne L, Thompson I, Kane KA, Boyter A.  A web-based tool for teaching pharmacy practice competency. Am J Pharm Educ. 2010 10;74(2):27.

Key benefits

  • Flexible, efficient method of assessing students in dispensing conditions
  • Students gain more experience and practice in prescription analysis.
  • Reduction in staffing time and cost savings.
  • Students noted the main benefits as being speed of feedback and in identifying areas of weakness2.

Pricing

The initial one year subscription cost for SCRIPT is £5,500. This includes a site licence with unlimited student accounts, access for two academic staff users and localisation of SCRIPT to include addresses in towns and cities near the host institution. Usernames and passwords will be allocated to staff and students via email and there is ongoing technical and academic support for the staff users. Second year subscription is £4,500 or £7,500 for a further two years.
 
To trial SCRIPT go to https://spider.science.strath.ac.uk/script/. Username: demo Password: demo

Licensing

For further details or to enquire about a licence, please contact Debbie Stack.