Dr. Neil Cottrell Lecturer from the School of Pharmacy, University of Queensland explains how he uses the NPC modules with his students and highlight the features and benefits of this comprehensive online resource.
The National Prescribing Curriculum (NPC) is a series of case-based modules that mirror the decision-making process outlined in the World Health Organisation's Guide to Good Prescribing. The NPC emphasis is on learners building their own formulary of preferred drugs for specific conditions, enabling them to prescribe confidently and rationally.
We are proud to announce that the National Prescribing Curriculum has been awarded the Platinum Award in the Best Bespoke Learning Solution category of the 2011 LearnX E-learning & Training Awards. This category focuses on tailor-made learning solutions (or programs) that have had a significant positive impact on workforce performance. The Platinum Award is awarded to the highest scoring entry in the category.
A knowledge assessment study, in collaboration with several universities who use the NPC modules, is currently underway to assess the extent to which the NPC is enhancing the prescribing capabilities of future health professionals. Medical, pharmacy and nurse practitioner students will volunteer to complete multiple choice questions (MCQs) before and after doing an NPC module. This study will also assess the possibility of using MCQs as a learning tool for the students. It is anticipated that the MCQs used in the study will be made available to all students using the NPC modules from 2012 onwards.