As the proportion of older people in Scotland continues to grow,
alongside the increasing frailty of those living longer, we need to
address the health and social care needs of this population in a
way that is accessible, appropriate to their care needs and also
financially sustainable. In recent years pharmacists and others
have become increasingly concerned about aspects of medicines
safety and appropriateness in the care home setting. Therefore the
RPS in Scotland decided to examine how pharmaceutical care is
currently delivered in Scotland’s care homes and propose change
based on available evidence.
The RPS strongly suggests that it is now time for the Scottish
Government and NHS Scotland to commit to mandatory input
from pharmacists providing pharmaceutical care to all care
homes. Models of care will vary based on capacity, available skills,
resources and the needs of the population in individual care
The RPS believes that this report will support implementation of
the Scottish Government’s Quality Strategy, Reshaping Care or
Older People related strategies and policies and the integration of
Health and Social Care. It is a timely report that will also inform
the review of the pharmacy services in the community in 2012.
RPS undertook a review of the
progress to date in summer 2017 and hosted a care homes summit in November 2018.
The outputs of this work will help develop policy work in this area.