The inappropriate use of antipsychotics in people with dementia for behaviour that challenges is associated with an estimated 1800 deaths annually. However, solely focusing on antipsychotics may transfer prescribing to other equally dangerous psychotropics. Little is known about the role of pharmacists in the management of psychotropics used to treat behaviours that challenge.
MEDREV aims to determine whether it is feasible to implement and measure the effectiveness of a combined pharmacy–health psychology intervention incorporating a medication review and staff training package to limit the prescription of psychotropics to manage behaviour that challenges in care home residents with dementia.
The free event will share findings and report on next steps for MEDREV.
9:30 - Registration and refreshments
10:00 - Introduction and overview of research in the area - Professor David Wright, Professor of Pharmacy Practice, School of Pharmacy, UEA (joint chief investigator for CHIPPS).
10:20 - MEDREV overview with key research and clinical implications - Dr Ian Maidment, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacy, Aston University (Chief Investigator for MEDREV)
11:00 - Refreshments
11:15 - Experience of MEDREV from the Care Home Perspective - Anthea Reid, Manager (Robert Harvey House), Birmingham.
11:45 - Practicalities of research in care homes and best practice - Emma Randle, Clinical Studies Officer on MEDREV
12:15 - lunch
13:00 - Health Psychology aspects of MEDREV - Dr Rachel Shaw, Reader in Health Psychology, Aston / Niyah Campbell, Research Associate, MEDREV.
13:30 - Role of ENRICH to support research in care homes - Mary Tooley, ENRICH facilitator, West Midlands Clinical Research Network
14:00 - Care Home Research an overview; practical implications for GPs - Professor Steve Iliffe, Emeritus Professor of Primary Care in Older People, UCL
14:30 - Refreshments
14:45 - Closing with summary, open questions and next steps