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The latest information for clinical learners and professionals from the team at the British Pharmacological Society.

Preparing for the PSA Mock Exams

Are you getting ready to take your mock exams for the Prescribing Safety Assessment in November?  Although they might not be the real thing, mock exams can be super helpful in familiarising you with the time pressures of the exam as well as highlighting any sections that take you longer
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Why did the UK introduce the PSA Exam?

Prescribing is arguably the greatest challenge for any doctor. They must choose the right medicine, the right dose, the right route, the right frequency and the right duration. They need to take into account the infinite variation in the patients they treat, because of age, other medicines and diseases. They
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Mastering The Time Pressures Of The PSA

We know from previous Prescribing Safety Assessment candidates that the time pressures are seen as the biggest challenge of the PSA exam.  But there’s a good reason why you’re expected to be able to answer 120 questions in 2 hours! The PSA is designed to simulate the real-life pressures of
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How To Find The Best PSA Practice Papers

Once you’ve been registered for the Prescribing Safety Assessment by your organisation, you will be able to login to your PSA platform account and take advantage of the four 30-item
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What’s In The PSA Exam?

A Quick Guide To Prescribing Safety Assessment Questions The Prescribing Safety Assessment is designed to test the prescribing competencies expected of a Foundation Year 1 doctor (as outlined in Outcomes
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PSA Sections Explained

There are 8 sections of the Prescribing Safety Assessment, each testing a different area of prescribing competency. Some sections are weighted more heavily than others, and some have a different
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How To Pass the PSA

Whether it’s the time pressure, the calculations, or identifying the key points in a clinical scenario, the Prescribing Safety Assessment (PSA) exam presents a lot of challenges for candidates. So
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