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.
Care home use of medicines study (CHUMS)
This steering group was formed following the publication of the Care homes use of medicines study.
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: 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
Care homes medicines management checklist v4_2019
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.
Controlled drugs (CDs) audit v4_2019
Medication administration record (MAR) chart audit v4_2019
Storage of medicines audit v4_2019
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
Caring for care homes guidance sheets
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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.
Caring for care homes newsletters
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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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How to contact the Caring for care homes team
For any queries please email us at D-CCG.CaringForCareHomes@nhs.net