Quality statement 1: Record-keeping

Quality statement

People who transfer into a care home have their medicines listed by the care home on the day that they transfer.

Rationale

It is important that information about medicines is available for people who transfer into a care home, either for the first time or, for example, when moving back into the care home after a hospital stay (during which their medicines may have been changed). This will allow information about a person's medicines to be available to relevant health and social care practitioners (while taking care to respect confidentiality), improving continuity of care and ensuring that people get the right medicines at the right time at the care home they have transferred to.

Quality measures

Structure

Evidence of local arrangements to ensure that a list is made of a person's medicines on the day that they transfer into a care home.

Data source: Local data collection.

Process

Proportion of transfers of people into a care home where a list of the person's medicines is made by the care home on the day of transfer.

Numerator – the number in the denominator where a list of the person's medicines is made by the care home on the day of transfer.

Denominator – the number of transfers of people into a care home.

Data source: Local data collection.

Outcome

Time between a person moving into a care home and completion of a list of their medicines.

Data source: Local data collection.

What the quality statement means for service providers, health and social care practitioners, and commissioners

Service providers (care homes) ensure that they make arrangements to produce a list of a person's medicines on the day that they transfer into a care home.

Health and social care practitioners ensure that they coordinate the listing of a person's medicines on the day that they transfer into a care home.

Commissioners (local authorities) ensure that they commission services that make arrangements to produce a list of a person's medicines on the day that they transfer into a care home.

What the quality statement means for patients, service users and carers

People who move into a care home (either for the first time or moving back after a hospital stay) have their medicines carefully recorded by the care home on the day that they move.

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