Foundation Doctor representatives wanted for SPARS Group

We’re looking for enthusiastic Foundation Doctors with an interest in patient safety to represent trainee doctors on a working group on developing and testing a Single Prescription and Administration Record for Scotland (SPARS).

The SPARS group has been convened by the President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh with the overall objective of enhancing patient safety in relation to prescribed medicines. The work of this multidisciplinary task force includes:

  • establishing a consensus amongst relevant stakeholders within Scotland of the attributes of an ideal prescription and record for adult hospital in-patients
  • undertaking studies of current in-patient documentation, prescription chart usability, and background literature reviews
  • designing and testing a draft Scottish national prescription chart
  • developing an educational package to support the implementation of a Scottish national prescription chart

At the present moment in time, the draft SPARS chart has been agreed and the group is about to begin the testing phase. This will involve undertaking a study of prescription chart usability, observing the speed and accuracy with which junior doctors and medical students can transcribe common prescriptions onto the draft SPARS chart.

More information about the SPARS group is available throughout the website:

If you are interested in a role on the SPARS group, please send a letter of application with a brief CV by email to: Bryony Jackson at

The deadline for receipt of applications is Monday 17 March 2014.