Pass the PSA


  • Will Brown, BSc MBBS MRCP(UK) FHEA, Academic Clinical Fellow Neurology, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, UK
  • Kevin Loudon, MBBS, MRCP(UK), FHEA, Renal Registrar, East of England and ST3 Renal Medicine, Lister Hospital, Stevenage, UK
  • James Fisher, BSc, MSc, MBBS, Core Psychiatry Trainee, Central & North West London NHS Trust, London, UK
  • Laura Marsland, MPharm, ClinDip, Previous Lead Pharmacist for Neuroscience, Stroke & Rehabilitation at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, UK

Drug prescribing is one of the most important parts of clinical practice. Yet it remains one of the most commonly failed components of undergraduate assessments, and accounts for an uncomfortably high proportion of medical errors. To remedy this, the Prescribing Safety Assessment (PSA) exam has been introduced in the UK. It is compulsory and will set a minimum standard for safe prescribing. Failure will preclude GMC registration.

Pass the PSA is written specifically for the exam, with one chapter dedicated to each PSA section.

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Book information

  • Published: February 2014
  • ISBN: 978-0-7020-5518-8

Table of Contents

1 Basic principles of prescribing

2 Prescription review: a foolproof plan

3 Data interpretation

4 Planning management

5 Prescribing

6 Calculation skills

7 Drug monitoring

8 Adverse drug reactions

9 Communicating information

10 Mock examinations