This quality standard covers assessing if people need help with their medicines and deciding what medicines support is needed to enable people to manage their medicines. It also includes communication between health and social care staff, to ensure people have the medicines support they need. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

The quality standard assumes that the responsibilities for providing medicines support have been agreed between the relevant NHS and local authority commissioners.

Before any medicines support is provided by a social care provider, commissioning and contractual arrangements need to be discussed, agreed and recorded as part of the local care planning process. This is to ensure that it is clear who is responsible and accountable for the decisions being made, and which providers will deliver each aspect of medicines support.

Keeping quality standards up to date

This quality standard is reviewed each year and updated if needed.

Next review: August 2019

Quality standard development process

How we develop NICE quality standards