Safe handling of medicines – national resources Information

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) The sector regulator. The website is where you can find your latest published CQC report, information on the judgement framework and the latest news from CQC. They also provide

Guidance for providers on meeting the regulations.

National Institue for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)  produces guidance for social care. including:

For providers of services for adults in people's own homes  Managing medicines for adults receiving social care in the community.

For providers of care homes Managing medicines in care homes.

And a series of quick guides for social care

FOR NURSES: The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is the professional regulator.

The Code: Professional Standards of Practice and Behaviour for Nurses and Midwives must be followed by all registered nurses.

Central Alerting System (CAS): This service alerts providers to safety information including drug alerts. Providers should ensure they are registered with CAS. Information on how to do this can be found on the help pages on the CAS website in the Helpsheet for independent health and social care providers.

Electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC) - Patient information leaflets (PILs) for most prescribed medicines can be found on this website. When a medicine is dispensed by a pharmacy or dispensing GP a patient information leaflet should be supplied with it, if one exists.  The patient information leaflet should be kept as a reference source for social care staff and service users to refer to.

The NHS Website contains information from the NHS including on health conditions, medicines and social care.

The British National Formulary (BNF) - Online version of this reference source for information on medication.