Quality standard

This quality standard covers managing medicines safely and effectively in care homes. It includes processes for prescribing, handling and administering medicines for adults, young people, and children living in care homes. It also includes providing care and support relating to medicines. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

 We’ve produced new guidance on managing COVID-19 symptoms (including at the end of life) in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is relevant to statement 4 in this quality standard and may help to support using the quality standard during this time.

How to use NICE quality standards and how we develop them

Quality standards help you improve the quality of care you provide or commission. Find out how to use quality standards and how we develop them. We check our quality standards every August to make sure they are up to date.