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PINCER is an audit software package which helps GP practices review their patient caseloads and highlight patients who may be at risk of prescribing errors. We are working to increase the number of practices who use PINCER and make prescribing safer for patients.
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 ran an action learning set for CCG’s, GP's and practice staff from across Wessex, which enabled them to run and audit of their choice and work together to plan implementation of the findings and address challenges. We have also offered stand alone training sessions and have had over 100 people at these to date. This year we are supporting CCG's with training and have purchased licenses for practices. So far our work is sowing results as we are the highest AHSN for Safety Audit Software use on the NHS England Medicines Optimisation Dashboard. But there's more to do.
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