The right medicine: improving care in care homes

Royal Pharmaceutical Society
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Considers how to improve the way medicines are used in care homes and what system changes need to happen to improve care, reduce NHS medicines waste and prevent the serious harm that can be caused by inappropriate use of medicines. The report suggests that an efficient system would have one pharmacist, as part of a multidisciplinary team, responsible for the whole system of medicines and their use within a care home. More specifically, the report recommends that: pharmacists should have overall responsibility for medicines and their use in care homes; one pharmacist and one general practitioner should be responsible for medicines in each care home ensuring coordinated and consistently high standards of care; where a care home specialises e.g. in dementia care, the pharmacist should ensure they are competent to support the relevant clinical speciality; local commissioners (such as clinical commissioning groups or NHS England) should commission pharmacists to provide medicine reviews within care homes; and pharmacists should lead a programme of regular medicine reviews and staff training, working in an integrated team with other healthcare practitioners ensuring medicines safety. (Edited publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
medication, pharmacists, drug prescription, care homes, residential care, older people, professional role, integrated care, multidisciplinary teams;
Content type:
practice guidance
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