Scoring system is ‘seriously flawed’


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

The scoring system used by the former National Care Standards Commission (NCSC) to rank the competence of care homes in managing medication is itself seriously flawed, according to the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA). The RNHA says a care home could technically fail to meet the standard simply by not having the most recent copy of the British National Formulary on its premises, and that the report was another example of how the focus on process, rather than performance, by the NCSC over the past two years had failed the patients they sought to protect. Chief executive officer Frank Ursell said that, while the RNHA did not condone poor practice, and accepted the critical importance of sound management of patients1 drugs, the way the report was compiled made it liable to exaggerate the position and portray some care homes in a worse light than they deserved, with the possibility of unnecessary fears being raised among older people in care homes or about to enter care homes. “There are certainly many





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