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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 7 August 2014
Date of Publication: 22 August 2014
Inspection Report published 22 August 2014 PDF

People should be given the medicines they need when they need them, and in a safe way (outcome 9)

Meeting this standard

We checked that people who use this service

  • Will have their medicines at the times they need them, and in a safe way.
  • Wherever possible will have information about the medicine being prescribed made available to them or others acting on their behalf.

How this check was done

We looked at the personal care or treatment records of people who use the service, carried out a visit on 7 August 2014 and talked with staff.

Our judgement

People were protected against the risks associated with medicines because the provider had appropriate arrangements in place to manage medicines.

Reasons for our judgement

The service had suitable arrangements in place to protect people against the risks associated with the unsafe management of medicines, which included the obtaining, recording, administering, safe keeping and disposal of medicines.

Appropriate arrangements were in place in relation to obtaining medicines. We saw that medicines were checked into the home and recorded. Medicines were kept safely and the keys for the medicines cupboard were kept with the person in charge of the shift.

During an inspection on 15/05/14 we sampled the medicines administration records and noted some missing signatures. There were instances where prescribed medicines had been administered but not signed for. During this inspection we looked at the records for monitoring the medicines given to people and these had been signed to indicate that people had received their medicines on time. This meant that there were systems in place to make sure people received their medicines safely.

Each person that required medicine had an individual Medication Administration Record chart (MAR chart) which clearly stated the person's name, date of birth and allergy status.

There were audits of the medicines to make sure the systems were working effectively and according to the services policy and procedures. We saw records of daily audit being carried out by staff to check that the MAR charts were signed and the stock of medicines were correct. This meant that people received their medicine safely and when they needed it. The home used a recognised monitored dosage system. The chemist visited the service regularly to carry out their own audit. We saw a copy of their latest report.

Staff training and regular supervision meant that staff remained competent in medicines administration. We saw the management of medicines was discussed during individual staff supervision and also during staff meeting. We were informed by the manager that refresher training had been arranged for staff and it was taking place later this month.