In 2017 the World Health Organisation (WHO) launched a Global Patient Safety Challenge: Medication without Harm with the aim of reducing the the level of severe, avoidable harm related to medicines by 50% over the next 5 years, globally.
In Wessex we are working to increase the use of PINCER to meet this challenge. The University of Nottingham developed the PINCER audit software as part of the PRIMIS suite of audit tools. PINCER is an audit tool that searches the GP Practice computer system and identifies patients who are being prescribed medicines that are commonly and consistently associated with medication errors.
This enables action to be taken to reduce the risk of these errors occurring. The University undertook a study to see what effect using PINCER had on Patient safety and found that it was effective in reducing the range of clinically important and common medication errors in General Practice when combined with a pharmacist to undertake the patient reviews.
With the help of the PRIMIS team and Boehringer Ingelheim we have run several training events, for over 150 people and have a facilitator, Chris Brown, who is helping support practices and CCGs with the implementation and management of this tool.
We will be deploying PINCER 3 from April 2018.