Safer administration of medicines in care homes

About the project

In response to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) challenge in 2017; to reduce severe avoidable medication-related harm globally by 50% by 2024, the Medicines Safety Improvement Programme (MedSIP) is one of the five quality improvement (QI) priorities under the National Safety Improvement Programme. An estimated 237 million medication errors occur during the medication process in England every year. With 42% of these occurring in care homes and 92% of these errors occurring during the administration of medicines in care homes. We hope to achieve this overall aim by focussing on safer administration of medicines in care homes using QI methodology.

Project ambitions

HIWM are working to design interventions:

  • to reduce the number of interruptions to medicines rounds in care homes
  • to support the implementation of safety huddles, with a view to adoption of the interventions by care homes across the region who are willing to engage in a QI project and improve the safety of medicines administration
  • to learn from safety incidents by supporting care homes to identify and report medicines safety incidents and focusing on what has gone well
  • for three-way communication, improving the communication between the care home, GP and community pharmacy, to minimise potential errors and harm to residents

The intention behind these interventions is to identify appropriate care homes across a breadth of local authorities and systems with varied quality, capacity and capability.

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