Medication errors in general practice are an important and expensive preventable cause of patient safety incidents associated with morbidity, hospitalisations and deaths. PINCER is a pharmacist-led, IT-based intervention (PINCER) to reduce clinically important medication errors in primary care, developed and tested by researchers at the University of Nottingham. The intervention involves searching GP clinical systems using computerised prescribing safety indicators to identify patients at risk from their prescriptions, and then acting to correct the problems with pharmacist support.
Since 2018, PRIMIS has worked with all 15 AHSNs in England to implement PINCER within their territories, using the principles of social franchising.
See the milestone achievements from the past two years of the AHSN-led PINCER national rollout (this SWAY presentation is best viewed expanded):
Now that we have come to the end of the AHSN-led national rollout of PINCER as at 30th June 2021, we would like to take this opportunity to highlight some of the key achievements from this programme of work to reduce the prevalence of medication error in primary care:
As we start to come out of the current lockdown, PINCER will be more valuable than ever in terms of helping you to prioritise high-risk patients for medication review.
From 1st July 2021 PRIMIS has launched a costed model for the continued provision of PINCER services and all current access to PINCER resources will cease, unless contractual arrangements are in place with PRIMIS. This includes access to:
If you are a primary care organisation (for example a PCN, CCG or ICS) and wish to purchase PINCER services please register your interest:
Register your interest here
PRIMIS also continues to work with delivery partners on the implementation of the PINCER indicators via their own software. A full list of delivery partners can be found here.
Checklist of AHSNs & CCGs with continued access to PINCER services
Register your interest in PINCER
PINCER Resource Centre
PINCER Progress Report
PRIMIS + PINCER / PRoTeCT case studies
Read the AHSN Network Impact Report (June 2021) which includes figures on the PINCER rollout:
AHSN Network Impact Report
University of Nottingham Research Pages
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