Learning to prescribe is an essential part of medical training. Due to various high profile serious prescribing errors, the GMC have introduced stricter prescribing standards which medical students must meet, and a prescribing exam is soon to be compulsory on all medical programmes. This book helps medical students learn the essentials of safe prescribing practice, and is aimed directly at their needs. It covers all the aspects of prescribing required by the GMC, including principles of prescribing, law and ethics, professional responsibilities, patient communication, at-risk groups, avoiding common errors and what to do when things go wrong.

Law, Ethics and Professional Responsibilities in Prescribing Practice

Law, Ethics and Professional Responsibilities in Prescribing Practice

Law, ethics and professional responsibilities in prescribing practice
Monica MurphyCatherine Gill

Achieving your Medical Degree

This chapter will help you begin to meet the following outcomes of Tomorrow's Doctors (General Medical Council (GMC), 2009):

17. (c) Safe and legal prescribing.

(e) Disclosure of information on medicines.

19. (a) Record keeping.

23. (c) Understand roles and relationships between agencies and services.

It will also link to:

Good Medical Practice (GMC, 2013a)


Good Practice in Prescribing and Managing Medicines and Devices (GMC, 2013b), particularly paragraphs 21-29 and 67-73.


A Single Competency Framework for all Prescribers (National Prescribing Centre, 2012) 1:7, 1:10, 2:24, 3:25-37, 4:42, 4:45, 4:47, 5:48-52, 6:55, 7:61-62, 9:70 and 9:71.

Chapter Overview

This chapter provides a brief outline to essential medicines-related legislation and the professional role you have as ...

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