Administration of medicines in care homes (nursing) for older people by care assistants: Developing evidence-based guidance for care home providers

Background

Older people in care homes are among the most vulnerable members of our society, reliant on care home staff for many of their everyday needs; including taking their prescribed medications.  Adopting appropriate medication procedures in care homes is crucial.  Yet the role of the care assistant in medicine administration in care homes for older people is poorly articulated. 

The proposed aims for this commissioned work (and in response to commissioner’s guidance) are:

  1. To identify and appraise literature on the administration of medicines in care homes (nursing) by care assistants focusing specifically on safety, training needs and processes
  2. To consider the context for the administration of medicines in care homes (nursing) by care assistants through relevant legislation and policy documents
  3. To develop a guidance leaflet for the care home sector on the administration of medicines in care homes (nursing) by care assistants
  4. To disseminate findings of the review and guidance in peer-reviewed publications and practice journals to engage providers with the findings

The starting point for this commissioned work is medicine administration by care assistants in care homes (nursing) for older people.  When developing and reporting on this work we will consider the relevance of the evidence for care homes without nursing and this will be reflected in developing the guidance. 

The review commenced on the 1 September 2015 and we plan to report by the end of the year.

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