New guide on administration of drugs released by UKCC

Posted on November 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

New guidelines for the administration of medicines published by the regulatory body for nursing, midwifery and health visiting stress the need for practitioners to feel able to admit mistakes without fear of punitive disciplinary action by their employers. Guidelines for the administration of medicines, published by the UK Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting (UKCC) replaces the previous 1992 edition and takes account of the significant changes in the law since then. These include the introduction of prescribing by nurses and health visitors and legislative changes related to patient group directions, formerly known as group protocols. The expansion in the scope of professional practice since 1992 also means that the role of the nurse, midwife and health visitor in the administration of medicines has changed significantly, in that practitioners now have more responsibility for dispensing, as well as for prescribing. The new guidelines support the growth in the self-administration of medi

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