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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 16 April 2013
Date of Publication: 15 May 2013
Inspection Report published 15 May 2013 PDF | 77.14 KB

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 16 April 2013, observed how people were being cared for and checked how people were cared for at each stage of their treatment and care. We talked with people who use the service, talked with staff, reviewed information we asked the provider to send to us and reviewed information sent to us by other authorities.

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 looked at the way medicines were managed for four people who used the service. There were appropriate arrangements in relation to obtaining, recording, handling and safely administering medicines.

The service had improved the way it handled medicines. All staff were required to undertake a practical assessment in the home following their medication training to ensure they were competent with managing medicines. The service also revised the medication policy to ensure the procedures were clearer for staff who handled medicines.

We checked and found that medication records were accurate and fully completed by staff. Their signatures showed that people received their medicines as prescribed. Staff recorded any known allergies to ensure medicines were safely administered. The provider may wish to note that the quantity of medicines received were not always recorded. Records of this kind are good practice to ensure an audit trail for medicines received and administered.