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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 10 October 2013
Date of Publication: 6 November 2013
Inspection Report published 06 November 2013 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 10 October 2013, observed how people were being cared for and talked with people who use the service. We talked with carers and / or family members, talked with staff and talked with commissioners of services.

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

We found that medications were securely kept in a locked cupboard in the office. We looked at all the care files and saw that people’s medications and any allergies were clearly recorded. We looked at a sample of medication administration records (MARs) and found that all medications administered had been signed for. We also saw that the medication file contained information about the medications being used to enable staff to be aware of any possible side effects.

We spoke to three staff that had responsibility for administering people’s medication in the home. They told us they received medication administration training and additional training on the needs of someone who has epilepsy. We saw that medication training was undertaken at staff induction and that there competencies were also assessed at regular intervals.

We spoke with the manager who told us the company had recently reviewed all their medication policies and that updated refresher training was being introduced as well as extended training at induction. They also told us more robust monitoring systems such as ‘spot checks’ were in place to ensure that at all times people received the correct medication at the correct time.