Advice on giving medicines covertly, dementia, depression in children and young people, and hearing loss
This NICE quick guide will be an invaluable reference resource for care home managers and home care managers as it summarises the key actions that need to be taken and who needs to be involved. It can be used as an aid in training staff, so the whole team contributes to delivering exceptional care.
Giving Medicines Covertly
When all other options have been explored, giving medicines to a person without their knowledge can be critical for their health and safety. However, it’s important to ensure that the necessary steps are taken to comply with legislative requirements and to protect the best interests of the individual.
This update includes advice to commissioners, service providers, social care practitioners, and the public, including:
- people with dementia being given the opportunity to discuss advance care planning at diagnosis and at each health and social care review
- people with dementia having a single named practitioner to coordinate their care
- people with dementia being supported to choose from a range of activities to promote wellbeing that are tailored to their preferences
- carers of people with dementia being offered education and skills training
Depression in children and young people
This guideline update contains useful information for commissioners and providers, including recommendations on how the choice of psychological therapies should be discussed with children and young people, as well as their family members or carers, to explain how therapies could meet individual needs, preferences, and values.
Hearing loss in adults
Over 5 million people aged over 65 are reported to have hearing loss. This guideline is aimed at commissioners, service providers and practitioners as well as people with sudden onset hearing loss, their families and carers. It also includes advice on the referral of adults with suspected or diagnosed dementia, mild cognitive impairment, or a learning disability to an audiology service for a hearing assessment.