Return to NG5 Overview

Medicines optimisation: the safe and effective use of medicines to enable the best possible outcomes [NG5]

Measuring the use of this guidance

Recommendation: 1.2.4

Health and social care practitioners should discuss relevant information about medicines with the person, and their family members or carers where appropriate, at the time of transfer. They should give the person, and their family members or carers where appropriate, a complete and accurate list of their medicines in a format that is suitable for them. This should include all current medicines and any changes to medicines made during their stay.

What was measured: Proportion of respondents who reported that a member of staff "completely" explained the purpose of the medicines they were to take at home in a way they could understand.
Data collection end: July 2015
76%
Area covered: England
Source: Care Quality Commission. National Inpatient Survey.

What was measured: Proportion of respondents who reported that they were "definitely" told how to take their medication at home in a way they could understand.
Data collection end: July 2015
76%
Area covered: England
Source: Care Quality Commission. National Inpatient Survey.

What was measured: Proportion of respondents who reported they were "definitely" given clear written or printed information about the medicines they took home.
Data collection end: July 2015
72%
Area covered: England
Source: Care Quality Commission. National Inpatient Survey.

What was measured: Proportion of respondents who reported they were "definitely" told about medication side effects to watch for when they went home.
Data collection end: July 2015
41%
Area covered: England
Source: Care Quality Commission. National Inpatient Survey.

What was measured: Proportion of respondents who reported that a member of staff "completely" explained the purpose of the medicines they were to take at home in a way they could understand.
Data collection end: July 2016
73%
Data collection end: July 2017
74%
Area covered: England
Source: Care Quality Commission. National Inpatient Survey.

What was measured: Proportion of respondents who reported they were "definitely" given clear written or printed information about the medicines they took home.
Data collection end: July 2016
70%
Data collection end: July 2017
71%
Area covered: England
Source: Care Quality Commission. National Inpatient Survey.


Recommendation: 1.3.1

In an acute setting, accurately list all of the person's medicines (including prescribed, over‑the‑counter and complementary medicines) and carry out medicines reconciliation within 24 hours or sooner if clinically necessary, when the person moves from one care setting to another – for example, if they are admitted to hospital.

What was measured: Proportion of patients in an acute setting with medicines reconciliation started within 24 hours of admission.
Data collection end: May 2015
75%
Data collection end: May 2016
75.5%
Data collection end: May 2017
76.4%
Data collection end: May 2018
76.3%
Area covered: England
Source: NHS Safety Thermometer: Medication



 Return to NG5 Overview