The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published the guideline “Managing medicines in care homes (SC1)”, which provides recommendations for good practice on the systems and processes for managing medicines in care homes. This guideline applies across both health and social care. A NICE Quality Standard is being developed on managing medicines in care homes.
“Helping residents to help look after and take their medicines themselves is important in enabling residents to retain their independence. Care home staff should assume residents are able to look after and manage their own medicines when they move into a care home, unless indicated otherwise”.
All aspects of managing medicines in care homes are covered. This guideline recommends that care home providers should have a care home medicines policy, to ensure processes for safe and effective use of medicines. Sections of the guideline (and related information) comprise:
- What is this guideline about / who is it for?
- Person-centred care.
- Who should take action?
- Related NICE guidance and quality standards.
- The Guideline Development Group and NICE project team.
- Useful resources.
- About this guideline.
- Summary and information for the public.
Managing medicines in care homes (SC1). London: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), March 14th 2014.
There is also a shorter Summary version.