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Inspection report

Date of Inspection: 12 December 2011
Date of Publication: 3 January 2012
Inspection Report published 3 January 2012 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

Our judgement

People’s medicines are safely managed by competent staff, which helps ensure their health, safety and wellbeing.

User experience

We spoke to one person who looks after and administers their own medication. This person told us that they wanted to do this as they liked to be independent and only wanted staff to help them with certain aspects of care.

Other evidence

People are encouraged and supported to maintain their independence. We saw that there was a record of the risk assessment which had been undertaken regarding the person who managed their own medication, which had been signed by the individual. We also saw the mental capacity assessment for this person, confirming that they were able to make decisions about their care and welfare. The medication system and dispensing pharmacy had recently changed. A pharmacy assistant visited the home and spoke with this resident about the new system.

Another person at the home administers their own insulin. Staff prepare the correct dosage and observe the person as they inject their insulin, which provides a safety net of support, whilst supporting independence.

Medication is safely stored in a locked cabinet and is only administered by staff who have received appropriate training. We saw the record of staff who have received training and are able to administer medication. The medication administration records we looked had been completed correctly.