Caring for care homes additional resources

Significant event reporting

Event reporting provides valuable learning to make the NHS safer for residents. Only a small percentage of events result in actual harm. No harm and low harm incidents provide an opportunity to learn and develop strategies to minimise the risk of preventable harms. Completing an event reporting form can help with the implementation of any learning and potential future errors can be reduced.

The following form can be completed electronically or printed and handwritten

Significant Event Reporting Form

Care Home monthly medication ordering request flowcharts

In March 2011, the monthly medication ordering request process for care homes, GP practices and pharmacies was introduced. The following flowcharts have been designed to help guide you through the process.
1. Ordering process for care homes_v3_2017 2. Prescribing process for GP practice_v3_2017 3. Dispensing process for pharmacy/dispensing practices_v3_2017

Communication forms

All medication changes should be confirmed in writing. The following forms can be completed electronically or printed and handwritten:
Red: GP surgery to care home - Communication of change to medication form

This form can be used to communicate a change to a resident’s medication. It will ensure the care home has all the necessary information.

Red: GP surgery to care home - Communication of change to medication form_v3_2017
Blue: Care home to GP surgery - Medication communication form
This form can be used if you have a query about a resident's medication outside of your regular monthly ordering process. It will ensure that you provide the GP practice with the information required to consider you query.
Blue: Care home to GP surgery - Medication communication form_v2_2017

Medicines administration staff signature template

All care home staff qualified to administer medicines should sign this sheet. This signing sheet should be reviewed and updated on a regular basis, especially when there are relevant staff changes.
Medicines administration staff signature template v3_2017

Medication reviews in a care setting

A medication review is a chance for your doctor, pharmacist or nurse to review the medicines that a resident is taking. This leaflet explains the process and outcomes for residents and their carers.
Leaflet: Medication reviews in care setting v4_2018

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