Care Homes

This page aims to provide information to Care Homes regarding medication. There are links to essential documents. To help Care Home staff, the “Three main points” of each document have been summarised. However, if Care Home Staff are able to do so, then it is recommended that the entire document is consulted.

Homely Remedies Policy

RMOC Homely Remedy Policy Template

This policy ensures that if homely remedies are used within a care home, then staff are aware of the circumstances of when appropriate administration can be made, and who can administer. The policy should be used as a framework to ensure the provision of safe and timely treatments for commonly presented minor conditions.

Please also be aware of national guidance on Care homes as detailed below 

NICE GUIDANCE – Management of Medicines in Care Homes

NICE has published guidance on the Management of Medicines in Care Homes. The guideline considers all aspects of managing medicines in Care Homes and recommends that all Care Home providers have a Care Home Medicines Policy. The policy should ensure that processes are in place for safe and effective use of medicines in the Care Home. Sections of the guideline provide recommendations for different aspects of managing medicines covered by the Care Home Medicines Policy.

 

The Care Quality Commission – Essential Standards of Quality and Safety

This is designed to help providers of Health and Adult Social Care to comply with the Health and Social Care Act.

 

The following resources are also available for Care Homes during COVID19

Care Home and Hospice Homely Remedy Guidance During COVID19

This guidance is designed to support commissioners, providers, hospice and care home staff on the acquisition and administration of homely remedies.

The RMOC National Homely Remedies Template 2018 and National Care Forum guide can be found at:- https://www.sps.nhs.uk/articles/rmoc-guidance-homely-remedies/

 

Bulk Prescribing for Care Homes: A Guide for Care Home Teams

A "Bulk" prescription is an order for two or more service users in a care home of at least 20 service users, where at least 10 of them are under the same GP practice. This guidance is to support the use of bulk prescribing in care homes to reduce medicines waste and save time treating an outbreak requiring the same treatment.

Medication Acquisition Guidance during COVID-19 for Care Homes without Nursing

Guidance to support hospice and care home without nursing staff on the acquisition and administration of anticipatory end of life medicines during COVID-19


Medication Acquisition Guidance during COVID-19 for Care Homes with Nursing and Hospice

 

Guidance to support hospice and care home with nursing staff on the acquisition and administration of anticipatory end of life medicines during COVID-19