What the service offers
The service provides specialist support to improve the quality and safety of medicines use for people living in care homes. The service supports: Care home residents and staff, GPs and practice staff and Buckinghamshire County Council Quality in Care Team (QiCT).
Specifically, the team will:
- Carry out medication reviews, system and process reviews in collaboration with the care home
- Support care homes in monitoring and improving nutrition
- Work with GPs; practice staff; community geriatricians; community based specialists; clinical commissioning groups; and QiCT to improve outcomes for individual residents
- Share learning and best practice to improve system wide medicines management processes
This service is provided by pharmacists and a technician who are part of the Buckinghamshire Medicines Management Team. The team also includes a dietetic assistant who can assist care homes and GPs with appropriate use of nutritional products.
GP surgeries and the QiCT can directly refer care homes to the service referral form.
A selection of guidance have been produced for care homes on various topics highlighted by our medicines management team.
Information on a range of clinical conditions to support care providers with looking-after their residents and developing practices that are safe and meet the standards required.
Our CCG Dietitian has developed guidance to aide care providers with identifying residents who may require nutritional support & how best to help those residents.
A range of communication tools have been developed locally and nationally to provide a way to help standardize communication between care providers and healthcare professionals.