Safe and Secure Handling of Medicines: consultation closes 20 April
The RPS is currently updating its guidance on the Safe and Secure Handling of Medicines. This is essential multidisciplinary good practice guidance which is used extensively across the National Health Service, in the private sector and often in social care settings.
The guidance considers the processes associated predominately with the physical handling of medicines. This includes obtaining, storing and transporting medicines, manufacture or manipulation of medicines, issuing and administration of medicines, and their removal or disposal.
The updated guidance now also incorporates relevant aspects of the Nursing and Midwifery Council's Standards for Medicines Management. Specifically sections on the administration of medicines and transcription of medicines.
Medicines that are obtained and stored by patients in their own homesare beyond the scope of this document, however some of the principles are likely to apply and be of use to health and care professionals who work in patients’ homes.
The updated draft guidance is available for comment on the RPS website - click here to download. We would encourage you to respond to the consultation and to share it widely with multidisciplinary colleagues working across all sectors of care.
If you have any queries about the consultation please contact us: [email protected].