Managing medicines for adults receiving social care in the community

GP on home visit

Managing medicines for people in the community can be a challenge, particularly if they're taking several different types.

To ensure the safe and effective use of medicines in the community, so people get the best possible outcomes with a reduced risk of medicine related harm, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recently collaborated with several partners on an initiative to encourage better medicine support for people who are receiving social care support on their homes.

The ‘Involved & informed: good community medicines support’ campaign was launched to enable better multi-disciplinary working and encourages health commissioners and local authorities to work together with clear responsibilities for home-based medicine support.

As part of the campaign, a ‘Top tips: Managing medicines for adults receiving social care in the community’ has been produced for GPs and pharmacists with guidance on safe and appropriate medicines support for adults living in their own homes.

This guidance was produced in collaboration with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

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