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Free resource pack for improving medicines management

Items in the medicines management resource pack

A3 poster: My Medicines My Choices charter
The poster displays a 10-point charter intended to help patients understand their rights.  The charter says they should be involved in decisions about  medicines and it should generally be assumed that they can look after and take those medicines themselves, seeking help from care home staff when required.

My Medicines My Choices: easy read booklet for patients
The booklet contains a 10-point charter to help patients understand their rights. The charter says they should be involved in decisions about  medicines and it should generally be assumed that they can look after and take those medicines themselves, seeking help from care home staff when required.

A4 folded card: My Medicine My Choice My Record
This record card, which is intended to say with the care home resident, contains details of the medicines to be taken, the amounts, when they should be taken, why they need to be taken and when they should be reviewed.

Leadership: improving the prescribing, dispensing and management of medication in care homes
The booklet focuses on the key role of registered managers in leading improvements in medicines management in care homes. It stresses that they need to think systematically about what they want their care home to achieve in terms of a personalised and safe approach and whether all the players in the multi-professional picture have been brought fully into the vision.

Learner’s workbook: safer medication in care settings
The booklet is intended for those working in care homes and other care settings who wish to develop safer professional practice and, at the same time, to achieve units (HSC 3047) that will count towards a level 3 qualification in health and social care. 

Framework: making best use of medicines
The booklet sets out a framework for care homes to use that is based on the recommendations of the CHUMS (Care Homes Use of Medicines Study) report.  The framework includes examples where staff have made effective changes to their practice across all elements of medicines use.

Risk assessment tool for medical conditions and medication
The tool is designed to help nurses and care staff identify the residents who need more care because of their medical conditions and the medicines they are taking. 

Symptom assessment tool
The tool has been developed to assist with identifying and monitoring residents whose health is deteriorating.  It is a traffic light system that should help to quickly rate the symptoms and provide practical guidance on the next steps to take.

Guide for employers on training
The guide sets out a process for care home employers to take in ensuring that, with regard to the safety of medicines, their staff have the best possible opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge.

Homely remedies guide
The guide lays down a set of principles for care homes to follow in managing the use of homely remedies by residents who develop minor ailments – for example, indigestion, headaches, coughs, constipation, diarrhoea and minor skin problems.

A review of information and literature on managing and administering medicines in care homes
The review includes information about studies about the causes of errors in the administration of medicines in care homes, ways of monitoring the use of medicines, the use of technology and other aids to reduce errors, regulations and codes of practice to follow, and key steps to take in order to make a difference in the future.

Preventing medication errors in care homes
The booklet reviews publications that might help in preventing medication errors at any stage in the process – prescribing, dispensing, administration and monitoring.

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