PRIMIS has released a Progress Report on the national rollout of PINCER on what is World Patient Safety Day (17thSeptember).
The purpose of the Progress Report is to give an overview of the first 18 months of the national rollout of the pharmacist-led, IT-based intervention, which is designed to reduce clinically important medication errors in primary care (PINCER). Since 2018, PRIMIS has been working in partnership with all 15 AHSNs in England to implement PINCER within their territories, using the principles of social franchising.
To summarise, as of 3 April 2020, 130 (68%) CCGs have engaged in the PINCER rollout. A total of 2,430 general practices have uploaded baseline data to the national PINCER comparative analysis service showing that a minimum of 23.35 million patient records have been searched to identify instances of potentially hazardous prescribing using 13 evidence-based prescribing safety indicators. Analysis of follow-up data shows a reduction in the absolute number of at-risk patients identified in at least one prescribing safety indicator of 13,387 patients (-14.4%). Greatest reductions can be seen for those indicators associated with GI bleed which showed a decrease of 10,559 at-risk patients (-25.9%).
In addition, 1,600+ individuals have been trained to deliver the PINCER intervention through a combination of eLearning tools, online resources and face-to-face action learning set sessions.
Since writing the report, we are now starting to see an increase in the uptake in PINCER once again:
The PINCER Progress Report and accompanying Extended Executive Summary can be accessed on the PINCER webpage
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