The Care Services Improvement Partnership's housing learning and improvement network has published an online factsheet to help practitioners, commissioners, care service managers and housing managers in extra care housing deal with issues surrounding administering medicines.
The factsheet emphasises that for any medication task - whether it be support for a resident or administration - detailed written procedures should be in place. These should take the form of a step-by-step guide on how the task should be undertaken.
The factsheet draws on knowledge gained by CSIP across its programmes and explores issues such as medication in dementia and what role emerging telecare technologies can play in the safe administration of medication in extra care housing settings.
It provides a wide range of links and references on many of these issues. The factsheet can be downloaded at www.icn.csip.org.uk