Guidance on medicines administration by care assistants in nursing homes

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Abstract

Is it legal, or appropriate, for care staff in nursing homes to administer drugs, if registered nurses work there? This is not always clear, despite residents relying on care staff for many of their daily care needs, including taking medication. At the request of the Department of Health's Care Sector Nursing Taskforce, we reviewed the literature, legislation and policy documents on the subject, and have produced evidence-based guidance on whether, and in what circumstances, care assistants can administer medicines to residents of nursing homes. This article summarises the reviewed evidence and the salient points of the new guidance.

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• Evidence base around drug administration by care staff in nursing homes

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• Responsibilities of nurses, care assistants and nursing home providers

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• Training needs and common issues in medicines administration

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