Care homes: Caring for care homes team
Care homes medicines management steering group
This steering group was formed following the publication of the Care homes use of medicines study.
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline: Managing medicines in care homes
How can you improve the safe use of medicines in your care home?
Consider following these three steps:
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
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.
3. Complete the following three supporting audits every one or two months to ensure your policy is being followed at any point in time.
Guidance sheets and Newsletters
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.
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.