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Prescribing Safety Assessment (PSA)

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Welcome to our page dedicated to the Prescribing Safety Exam (PSA)

The Prescribing Safety Assessment (PSA) is the UK’s national assessment of prescribing ability for graduating doctors.

In the UK, it is necessary to have passed the PSA in order to progress to the second year of foundation training (FY2). The assessment is taken as part of medical school finals examinations or in Foundation Year 1, with events taking place in all UK medical schools, foundation schools, and some non-UK medical schools.

The PSA is intended to assess your knowledge, judgement and skills in relation to the use of medicines at the level of a Foundation doctor in the NHS. The assessment covers eight forms of activity relevant to prescribing, based on the outcomes expected of medical graduates described in Tomorrow’s Doctors 2009:

  • Prescription writing (PWS) – 8 items worth 10 marks each
  • Prescription review (REV) – 8 items worth 4 marks each
  • Planning management (MAN) – 8 items worth 2 marks each
  • Providing prescribing decisions (COM) – 6 items worth 2 marks each
  • Adverse drug reactions (ADR) – 8 items worth 2 marks each
  • Monitoring drug therapy (TDM) – 8 items worth 2 marks each
  • Data interpretation (DAT) – 6 items worth 2 marks each
  • Calculation skills (CAL) – 8 items worth 2 marks each

Dr Anjum Kohli – Foundation doctor in University College London hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH)


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We have developed a first of a kind 4 day intensive prescribing safety assessment course, which will cover all the domains required for the exam. This will be an online and interactive course.

Information delivered will be in absolute accordance with current best practice (NICE guidelines) and the latest British National Formulary (BNF). All learning resources will be provided to facilitate learning.

We will also cover in detail how to navigate through the British National Formulary (BNF) and how to search information and also medicines complete.


Day 1 – Prescribing writing items (PWS) and Prescription Review (REV)

day 2 – Planning management (MAN) and communicating information (COM)

Day 3 – Calculation skills (CAL) and Adverse drug reaction (ADR)

Day 4 – Drug monitoring (TDM) and data interpretation (DAT)

3 PRACTICE ASSESSMENTS WILL BE INCLUDED AS PART OF THE COURSE. You will also be given study material (ACE the PSA by Dr Anjum Kohli) as part of the course. 



(£350 if joining as a group of 5 or more)

ACE the PSA by Dr A.Kohli



If you are interested in our PSA courses then please send us an email on plabcoach@gmail.com to find out when the next course will be held.