Medication Ordering Cycle
Ordering medicines is an important part of the work of staff in a care home. Medicines belong to individual people living in care homes and must not be shared between residents, even if 2 of them are taking the same medicines.
It is important that a care home doesn’t run out of a person’s medicines. For this reason, care home staff should have time set aside for ordering medicines.
- Click here for Managing Medicines in care homes guidance from NICE
- Click here for guidance on effective recording keeping and ordering of medicines from NICE
- Click here for NHS information on ordering medication using proxy access
Medication order cycle webinar – 16th October
Reducing medicines waste
It is important that there are effective systems and processes in place to ensure that medicines are managed appropriately to reduce avoidable medicines waste, and therefore to allow effective use of NHS resources.
Many factors can contribute to medicines waste in care homes, and a joint effort involving the care homes, community pharmacies and GP practices is required.