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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 Guideline SC1: Managing medicines in care homes
NICE Guideline SC1: Tools and Resources
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE): Checklist for 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. Click here
CQC Medicines: information for adult and social services Information provided by the CQC on different medication regarding high-risk medications, storage, oxygen, administering and much more. Click here
Medicines PIL All recent updates of medication in one place. Click here
National care forum meds safety resources Free resources for supporting the safe use of medications in care facilities. Click here
Care Homes use of Medicines (CHUMS) Study: Medication errors in nursing & residential care homes ‐ prevalence, consequences, causes and solutions. Report to the Patient Safety Research Portfolio, Dept of Health. Click here
CQC document – Medicines in Health and Adult Social Care We know that people’s physical and mental health outcomes improve when medicines are used in the best or optimal way. When they are not prescribed or administered correctly they can cause harm. Click here