Medicines Optimisation

National Guidelines

NICE Guidance

The NICE Guidance; Management of medicines in care homes (March 2014) clearly states how commissioners, managers of care homes and other healthcare professionals involved in care homes should work in a standardised format with clear consideration for process and safety:

UKMi NICE Bites – Managing Medicines in Care Homes

NICE have also published supporting documents to aid implementation of the NICE guidance for care homes - checklist and baseline assessment tool:

Royal Pharmaceutical Society

The RPS Guidance; The Handling of Medicines in Social Care sets out principles of good practice and legislation governing the handling of medicines applicable to providers of care services, managers and care workers in many social care settings.

Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulates the management of medicines in care homes. The Essential Standards guide is designed to help providers of health and adult social care comply with the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2010 and the Care Quality Commission (Registration) Regulations 2009.

CQC Essential standards of quality and safety

CQC - Statutory notification:

CQC Registration Regulations 2014:

CQC Monitoring of compliance:

Other useful documents

NMC Standards for medicines management:

Controlled Drugs – Good practice

Guidelines on the management of controlled drugs (CD) in care homes 

Care homes controlled drugs good practice guide

Opiate patch application record

Opiate patch application record

Reducing Medicines Waste

Information for prescribers and care home staff on ways of reducing medicines waste in care homes

Care homes reducing waste information for prescribers

Care homes reducing waste information for care home staff

Guidance on Expiry Dates and Storage of Medicines in Care Homes

Guidance on Expiry Dates and Storage of medicines in care homes

PRN Medicines Protocol

PRN Medicines Protocol