We've updated our Professional Standards for Homecare Services, providing a framework to support teams involved in planning, commissioning and delivering homecare services.
The standards, originally published in 2013, aim to ensure consistent, high quality care for patients receiving medicines and associated services in the comfort of their own homes that would previously have been supplied in hospitals.
Adherence to the Professional Standards for Homecare Services enables providers to ensure the safety and well-being of patients, protecting them from avoidable incidents and facilitating the best possible outcomes from their prescribed medicines.
A multidisciplinary UK-wide group including representatives from the National Homecare Medicines Committee, the Association of Pharmacy Technicians, The Pharmacy Forum of Northern Ireland and the Royal College of Nursing participated in the update, informed by a consultation process to ensure the standards align with the needs and expectations of recipients of homecare services, as well as commissioners and providers.
Wing Tang, Head of Professional Standards at RPS said: “The consultation gathered evidence which emphasised the need for improvement to the homecare standards. Adherence to the refreshed standards, which consider present and future needs in homecare services, will ensure patients receive the highest level of care.
“RPS is committed to advancing healthcare standards through continuous collaboration with patient groups, users of our standards and stakeholders.”
Professor Cathy Harrison, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Northern Ireland said: “I welcome the publication of the updated Professional Standards for Homecare Services which will support safe and effective care for patients and inform improvements in the quality of current and future services across the UK’.
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