Guidance on the Care of Patients in Nursing Homes and Residential Care settings

The provision of patient care and pharmacy services to patients residing in residential care settings and nursing homes is a key patient safety and professional practice issue. Pharmacists play a critical role in the healthcare team caring for these patients, particularly in ensuring safe and appropriate supply and management of medicines.

This section provides guidance and support to pharmacists providing care to these patients, in line with legal and good practice requirements.

Safe Supply of Medicines

This guidance sets out  the requirements involved in the sale and supply of medicines to patients who are living in residential care settings/nursing homes. The guidance outlines a number of interactions between pharmacies and nursing homes relating to the importance of prescriptions, the appropriate delivery of medicines and the essential role of the pharmacist in the counselling of patients in residential care/nursing homes.

Supply of Controlled Drugs

The purpose of this explanatory note is to set out the requirements under the Misuse of Drugs Acts for the supply of Schedule 2 and Schedule 3 controlled drugs to patients in nursing homes. It sets out the important distinction between public nursing homes and private nursing homes and the obligation on pharmacists to ensure the lawful supply of these medicines to patients.

Other Resources

These additional resources are intended to assist in the provision of safe and appropriate patient care and pharmacy services to patients in residential care settings and nursing homes.