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Blackbrook House Care Home Good

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Date of Inspection: 14 May 2013
Date of Publication: 13 June 2013
Inspection Report published 13 June 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 14 May 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 and talked with staff.

We used the Short Observational Framework for Inspection (SOFI). SOFI is a specific way of observing care to help us understand the experience of people who could not talk with us.

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

Appropriate arrangements were in place in relation to obtaining medicine. We saw that there was a policy for the safe management of medicines. This included the process for ordering, receiving, storage, recording and administration of medicines. We saw that medicines were kept in appropriate locked storage areas.

Medicines were safely administered. The manager told us that all members of staff who administered medicines had competed training about the safe management of medicines. We looked at the staff training matrix that identified members of staff had completed training about the safe management of medicines. Members of staff told us that medicines were only administered by members of staff who had completed the relevant training.

People’s care plans had details of the support they needed to take their medicines. Each person or their representative had signed agreement for members of staff at the home to administer their medicines. Some people were prescribed to take medicines, such as pain killers, 'as required'. There was clear information in care plans and the Medicine Administration Record (MAR) charts to guide staff about when to give the 'as required' medicine. For people who were prescribed topical ointments there were clear details about when and where to apply the ointments.

Appropriate arrangements were in place in relation to the recording of medicine. We looked at the MAR charts for three people who lived at the home. We saw that staff had signed for the medicines they administered. Staff recorded the reasons why any medicines were declined by people living at the home. We observed a member of staff administering medicines in a safe manner. We saw that the management of medicines was discussed at staff meetings.

We spoke with two people who lived at the home. They both told us that it was their decision for staff to administer their medicines and that they always received their medicines when they needed them.