This course has been developed to help pharmacists with the skills they need to engage with care home staff. Taught by an experienced Pharmacist, this course will take a train the trainer approach and it will include theoretical and practical elements. You will also be provided with a competency based framework that should assist you at the end of the training in taking this forward.
Delegates will receive course materials and any appropriate tools to help support this programme.
Aims and Objectives
- Understand the factors involved in training and supporting care home staff who administer medication.
- Understanding the responsibilities of the pharmacist in this setting.
- Background – Five year forward plan, Pharmacy roles, National Care Standards Commission (NCSC)/CQC and key priorities
- Social Care Data and Principles of handling medicines in Social Care, The Care Act, Social Care roles and differences
- Social Care settings, ADL/IADL’s
- Medicines and Social Care
- Principles record keeping, audit, competence, freedom of choice for patients, what can go wrong, privacy and dignity, disposal procedures
- Pharmacist roles, expertise, signposting
- How medicines work, formulations, practical problems and solutions
- Medicine administration
- Minor ailments
- Storage and handling
- Staff training, dispensing errors, administration errors and what they are
- Procedures for giving medication in care homes, prescribing and monitoring, errors
- CHUMS recommendations
- Choice and consent in care homes
- Covert administration
- Medicine ordering
- ACUTE issues
- Verbal orders – Pharmacist
- Changes in social settings
- Potential issues, delays, discharge issues
- MAR Chart reflections
- Patients with special needs/swallowing difficulties
- Case studies
- Medicines and PEG
- Medication reviews
- Dementia and care home issues with medication
- Patient reviews
who should attend?
- Care Home Managers