NCSC: most homes fail to meet medication standards

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

Less than half of English care homes for older people meet the National Minimum Standards for the handling and management of drugs and medicines, according to a report released in mid-March by the National Care Standards Commission (NCSC) ­ the outgoing regulator for care homes in England. The NCSC says the report “The Management of Medication in Care Services” provides the first comprehensive nationwide analysis of the issue. The report reviewed inspection data from approx 16,700 care homes for older people, younger adults and children¹s homes to assess their performance against the National Minimum Standards for medication handling in care homes. The key national findings were: – 44 per cent (5600 homes) of care homes for older people and 46 per cent (4100 homes) of care homes for younger adults met the medication standards. In both categories, one per cent of homes exceeded the standards. – The medication standards were “almost met” in 43 per cent of homes for older people (5500 homes) and 44 per cent of

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