Medication in the Community

Collaborative change in medication support for health and social care.

Medication in the Community

Collaborative change in medication support for health and social care.

With the increasing number of people being diagnosed with multiple long-term conditions, managing medications can become very complex.

Medication issues for people within the community are rapidly increasing across the economy at a county-wide level. A multi-professional and organisation group are working together to improve medication support throughout community settings. Currently focusing on three key areas:
  1. Medication Administration Guidance for Social Care Providers.
  2. Standard Kent & Medway Medication Administration Record Chart (MAR Chart) for use in domiciliary care settings.
  3. Smoother discharge from hospital in relation medicines.
As part of the project we are regularly engaging with our stakeholders, our last workshop was held in June take a look at our video from the event to find out more this session.

Medication Administration Charts (MAR Charts) are a tool used by care workers to aid them in supporting medication administration to people in their own homes. We are working to standardise these charts across Kent with an aspiration to improve quality, reduce errors and provide staff with continuity. Piloting MAR Charts provided directly from hospital and community pharmacy to patients getting social care support at home in the Maidstone locality.

We are creating a supportive medicines administration guidance for social care providers and care workers. Clear information around ‘prompting’ and ‘administration’. Recognition of the role care workers play and how they support people daily in relation to medicines. Promotion of self-administration is key however there are many people that will required support with their medications, this could be long- or short-term support. This is underpinned by NICE guidance NG67 and Quality Standard QS171.