NICE seeks feedback from care homes on draft drug guidance

Posted on October 13th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on NICE seeks feedback from care homes on draft drug guidance

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A list of nine draft statements aimed at helping care home residents to make decisions about their own medicines has been drawn-up by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

The list is a draft ‘quality standard’ which NICE believes care homes should address if they are to provide residents with high quality care.

Published for consultation, the document advises care homes to put individuals at the heart of decisions about any medicines they may need and to support them wherever possible to administer medication themselves. It also sets out how care homes can avoid medication errors.

The standard also emphasises the importance of GP practices and care homes working together to promote best practice.

The public consultation on the draft quality standard will run until Friday 7 November 2014. It is expected to publish next March and will be the institute’s fourth quality standard for social care providers.

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