North London Partners in health and care

FREE Medicines Safety Training for pharmacists working in GP Practices across NCL

UCL Partners, the academic and science partnership, is working with North Central London (NCL) CCGs to rollout PINCER which has been identified for national adoption.

PINCER is an evidence-based intervention comprising of an audit tool that searches the GP practice computer systems and identifies patients who are being prescribed medicines that are commonly and consistently associated with medication errors. This then enables pharmacists (trained by PRIMIS*) to agree and implement action plans with GPs to reduce the risk of these errors occurring, thereby improving medicines safety.

The software and training are available free of charge to all GP practices and their practice pharmacists. It also supports the patient safety QOF  (Quality and Outcome Framework) in the GP contract (Page 106).

The first pharmacist training sessions are planned for Tuesday 14th May and Wednesday 15th May. Pharmacists are required to attend three half-day sessions over the course of three months. For further information please contact

Thursday 9th May short webinar introduction to PINCER  

We have organised a 30 minute introduction to PINCER Webex which will take place on Thursday 9th May at noon. If you would like to join please email

*PRIMIS is a specialist health informatics service of the University of Nottingham.

**PINCER is a pharmacist-led information technology intervention for reducing clinically important errors in medication management.