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Sarah Rodgers

Head of Research Services (Primis), Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences



Dr Sarah Rodgers has previously worked as a researcher within academia, industry, and the NHS. She joined the University of Nottingham in 1996 as Research Associate in the Division of Primary Care and in 2004 successfully completed a part-time PhD to evaluate a pharmacist-led intervention to reduce prescribing costs in general practice under the supervision of Professor Tony Avery. Her main research interest is prescribing in primary care and much of her work has focused on the investigation of the prevalence of medication errors and development of pharmacist-led interventions to reduce medication error. In October 2012, Sarah was awarded a prestigious three year NIHR School for Primary Care Research Fellowship to lead on the development of a new set of prescribing safety indicators to improve patient safety in primary care and undertake further studies to evaluate the new indicators. During this time she collaborated with colleagues from the University of Nottingham and other institutions to secure additional funding from the Health Foundation to roll out a pharmacist-led, IT-based intervention (PINCER) to reduce medication error in 361 GP practices across the East Midlands and secure funding from the Department of Health to undertake a study to understand the nature and frequency of avoidable harm in primary care. More recently, she has been a co-applicant on two further successful grant applications, including an NIHR Programme Grant award of almost £2.5 million (Avoiding patient harm through the application of prescribing safety indicators in English general practices - PRoTeCT).

Expertise Summary

  1. Undertaking primary care research using qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  2. Conducting randomised trials in primary care.
  3. Developing methods for extracting data from GP clinical systems.
  4. Evaluating healthcare quality improvement.

Teaching Summary

Dr Rodgers supervises PhD students in topics relating to prescribing and patient safety.

Research Summary

Dr Sarah Rodgers's main research interest is prescribing safety in primary care. This includes:

  • Understanding the nature and frequency of avoidable significant harm in primary care.
  • Avoiding patient harm through the application of prescribing safety indicators.
  • The role of pharmacists in promoting safe and effective prescribing in general practice.
  • Identifying ways in which computer systems can be developed and improved to support safe prescribing in primary care.

Recent Publications

Other Roles

Dr Sarah Rodgers acts as a peer reviewer for the following journals:

  • The Lancet
  • Public Health Nursing
  • International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
  • European Journal of General Practice



  • Submitted abstract "Assessing the effectiveness of an IT-based pharmacist-led intervention aimed at reducing proportions of patients at risk of medication errors in family practice: the PINCER Trial" was selected as a prize plenary at the SAPC Annual Conference 7-9 July 2010 UEA, Norwich
  • Paper published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology "Clayton JA, Rodgers S, Blakey J, Avery A, Hall IP. Thiazide diuretic prescription and electrolyte abnormalities in primary care. Br J Clin Pharmacol 2006; 61(1): 87-95." won the BJCP paper of the year prize and received national and international news coverage (


Membership of Committees and Professional Bodies

Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC)

School of Medicine

University of Nottingham
Medical School
Nottingham, NG7 2UH

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