Improving prescribing safety in general practices in the East Midlands through PINCER intervention

PROJECT TITLE Improving prescribing safety in general practices in the East Midlands through the PINCER intervention
Funding body The Health Foundation and East Midland Academic Health Science Network
Total funding £617,000
Team
  • Janice Wiseman, Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust
  • Prof A N Siriwardena, Professor of Primary and Prehospital Health Care, CaHRU, University of Lincoln
  • Prof Tony Avery, Dr Sarah Rogers, Prof Justin Waring, University of Nottingham
  • Professor Rachel Munton, East Midlands Academic Health Science Network
Team/consortium

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust

University of Lincoln

University of Nottingham

East Midlands Academic Health Science Network

Overarching aim The aim of this study is to scale up a proven pharmacist-led information technology intervention for reducing clinically important errors in medication management (PINCER) in general practices. In a cluster randomised trial published in the Lancet, PINCER reduced rates of specific prescribing errors by up to 50%.
Objectives Primary objective

  • To spread PINCER to at least 150 general practices across the East Midlands by the end of December 2016.

Secondary objectives

  • To achieve clinically important reductions in prescribing errors, medication-related hospital admissions and deaths, and net cost savings to the NHS.
  • To use as a basis for disseminating PINCER more widely in the UK.

 

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