Care Homes

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“High prophylactic use of antibiotics” in care homes, Boots finds

A study commissioned by Boots UK has found “high prophylactic use of antibiotics” in UK care facilities prompting calls to offer staff better training

Pharmacists and care homes: let's keep up the momentum

By Sandra Gidley, chair of the RPS English Pharmacy Board. A lot has happened since the RPS launched its campaign to improve the care of people in care homes in February, which called for a pharmacist to have overall responsibility for medicines and their use in care homes. Our research revealed that the average care home resident takes between 7-8 medicines every day, with many taking a lot more. Polypharmacy can lead to increased risk of falls or hospital admissions due to adverse drug reactions, which affect residents’ health and add to the burden on the NHS. In addition, an estimated £24 million is lost every year due to medicine wastage in care homes across England.

CPPE: Supporting people in care homes

CPPE's latest e-learning programme aims to update knowledge on improving medicines optimisation in care homes

Medicines optimisation in care homes

This CPD module covers medicines optimisation by pharmacists for care home residents

Use pharmacists' expertise to improve outcomes for care home residents

By Suzanne Scott-Thomas, chair of the Welsh Pharmacy Board. Medicines use in care homes has come under the spotlight recently with a number of reports and reviews highlighting issues across Great Britain. Recent evaluations of medicines administration in care homes by Cardiff University revealed distinct medication error types and highlight the need for greater input into pharmaceutical care for care home residents. The older people’s commissioner for Wales, the independent voice and champion for older people, has also voiced concerns in her report, ‘A Place to Call Home?’.  

Caring for the care homes

Pharmacists could make a huge difference to the quality of life of care home residents, according to the RPS.

PV supports Society's care home campaign

Closer cooperation between care homes and community pharmacies is "an unmissable opportunity", says PV.

All care homes need a pharmacist, says new report

Pharmacists should oversee the whole medicines management process in all care homes, says the RPS.



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