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May Pharmacy BEST Event
Wed 24 May 2017, 19:00 – 21:00 BST
This event is open to all Phamacy staff working with Barnsley Patients through locally commissioned services, but especially important to any Pharmacy involved in the Medication Management Scheme.
Medicines Management Scheme (part of Barnsley Health & Social Care Medication Policy for Domiciliary Care).
“Healthcare assistants and social care support workers provide some of the most personal and fundamental care to people when they are ill or help people with long term conditions to live as independently as possible in their own home”.
(Review of Healthcare assistants and support workers in NHS Social Care, Department of Health 10th July 2013)
The Barnsley Health & Social Care Medication Policy for Domiciliary Care is designed to give service users every opportunity to self medicate where they are able to do so or support in a manner which meets their individual needs where they are unable to. Service users should be safeguarded from potential medication risks through individually tailored medication management plans designed by their pharmacist and delivered by their Home carers. The Policy aims to ensure that Home Care Services adhere to and comply with safe working practices, in line with the Care Quality Commission guidelines, and in conjunction with the policy, business process, training plan and Home Care provider’s responsibilities.
Medication Plans are developed in full consultation with service users, their representatives and carers as part of the medication use review process. The objective is to meet the service user’s individual needs and choices. Though Monitored Dosage Systems (MDS) is utilised in many cases, it should not be the automatic choice of support. Other support such as Medication Administration Records (MAR) for recording purposes, (particularly where medication is deemed unsuitable for MDS such as liquid medication), large print labels would also be considered.
The Service should reduce admissions and readmissions into hospital as a result of inappropriate medication regimes. The Service should reduce medication wastage and improve compliance amongst users. Most importantly the Service is designed to enable patients to stay in their own home and retain their independence
The Medication Management Scheme forms an integral part of the Policy and when operated properly drives a safe and effictive service. In recent years there have been misunderstandings and operational difficulties that have resulted in less than ideal outcomes. The update at the Phamacy BEST event will hopefully help resolve some of the communication issues and enhance the service. There should also be some refinements and improvements to the service which we will announce on the evening.
Please note that the closing date for booking for this event is Tuesday 16th May 2017.