Lincolnshire is part of new scheme to help save lives


GP practices in Lincolnshire that are part of the Clinical Commissioning Group will be included in a new scheme that will help to reduce the risk of patients being prescribed the wrong medication following a major funding award.

Thousands of people including elderly and vulnerable patients, will benefit from the initiative, called PINCER (Pharmacist-led information technology intervention for reducing clinically important errors in medication management).

The initiative comes out as £600,000 of funding and the scheme will be rolled out to all the practices over the next two years. PINCER provides each GP practice with access to a software system that reviews existing prescriptions, and offers expert support from a pharmacist.

The pharmacists will work with practice staff to review the way drugs are prescribed, reducing the risk that patients, particularly people with a number of conditions who need a combination of different drugs, receive the wrong medication.