North London Partners in health and care

Preventing prescribing errors in general practice

UCL Partners have been supporting the roll out across North Central London of a pharmacist-led information technology intervention for reducing clinically important errors (PINCER). It is one of seven programmes selected for national adoption and spread across the AHSN Network during 2018-20.

Using clinical audit tools, PINCER runs computerised searches on GP systems to identify potentially hazardous prescription safety indicators. Training is split into three sessions: providing pharmacists with a structured framework; quality improvement tools to undertake root cause analysis and agree an action plan with the practice; methods to improve systems and prevent new patients being at-risk of harm.

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