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Working together to improve the safe use of medicines in care homes

Care homes medicines management steering group

The aim of the care homes medicines management steering group is to encourage working together to improve the safe use of medicines in care homes and to have a closer understanding across the interface between GPs, pharmacists and care homes.

This steering group was formed following the publication of the Care homes use of medicines study.
Care home use of medicines study (CHUMS)
Members of the group include GPs, community pharmacists, care homes managers, commissioning managers from Local Authorities and members from the Clinical Effectiveness and Medicines Optimisation Team from the Clinical Commissioning Groups. We have worked together to produce resources to support the safe use of medicines in care homes.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline: Managing medicines in care homes

NICE published this guideline in March 2014; it considers all aspects of managing medicines in care homes and recommends that all care home providers have a medicines policy that includes written processes. The policy should ensure that processes are in place for safe and effective use of medicines in the care home. 
NICE: Managing medicines in care homes: Full guideline

How can you improve the safe use of medicines in your care home?

Consider following these three steps:

1. Complete the NICE 'Checklist for health and social care staff developing and updating a care home medicines policy'.
NICE have produced a checklist for health and social care staff on developing and updating care home medicines policies. It gives more information about the processes that should be covered. This should be completed once a year
NICE: Checklist for health and social care staff developing and updating a care home medicines policy

2. Complete the caring for care homes 'Care home medicines management checklist'.

This checklist has been designed to supplement the NICE resources for implementing the guideline 'Managing medicines in care homes'. The checklist identifies systems that should be in place and should be completed once a year.

Care homes medicines management checklist v3_2017

3. Complete the following three supporting audits every one or two months to ensure your policy is being followed at any point in time.

Controlled drugs (CDs) audit v3_2017 Medication administration record (MAR) chart audit v_2017 Storage of medicines audit v3_2017

Guidance sheets and Newsletters

Caring for care homes guidance sheets
A selection of guidance sheets have been produced for care homes on various topics highlighted by the steering group and through analysis of significant events. The purpose of the guidance sheets is to spread good practice points and shared learning across Devon.
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Caring for care homes newsletters
The Caring for care homes newsletter is published quarterly and is also sent to community pharmacies and GP practices. Articles published include good practice points, shared learning and new ideas to increase understanding and promote multi-disciplinary working across Devon.
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Additional resources

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How to contact the Caring for care homes team

For any queries please email us at D-CCG.CaringForCareHomes@nhs.net
 

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