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Medication Safety

This theme builds on work carried out by the 2012-2017 NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC on developments in medication safety surveillance and intervention.

We focus on developing safety management systems to ensure safer care and treatment/prescribing, exploring how the prescribing, dispensing and administration of medicines within, and between, healthcare organisations can be improved.

In particular, we aim to develop a safety management system (SMS) covering the drug use process and to examine its potential to reduce errors associated with medication use in primary care.

Medicines are the most commonly used clinical intervention, and errors can lead to significant patient harm, hospitalisation and death. This theme will develop and test a number of new interventions by using the NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC's expertise in informatics to address these major safety challenges.

Specific projects will include the following.

  • Continuation of the 'First 100 prescriptions' study, looking at the impact of electronic audit and feedback on the prescribing safety of general practice trainees.
  • Enhancing and evaluating our Medication Safety Surveillance system using primary and secondary care electronic health records to develop a library of prescribing safety indicators that can be deployed across the NHS.
  • Building on the success of our Patient Safety Toolkit for general practice, we will continue to work with our Community Pharmacy Patient Safety Collaborative to develop and test a patient safety and improvement toolkit for community pharmacies in conjunction with the Pharmacy Voice national association of pharmacy trade bodies.
  • Evaluate the impact of an electronic Refer-to-Pharmacy scheme in Greater Manchester, examining the extent to which this could improve medication safety on discharge from hospital.

Theme leads

Key staff

MCHE/PSTRC PhD Fellow

  • Leonie Brinkmann