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Hospital Pharmacy & Secondary / Tertiary Care

NHS Protect publishes tool to help hospital pharmacies comply with requirements for safe storage of medicines (Jan 2014)

The tool is designed to be used within hospital pharmacy services in the acute, mental health and community settings.

Chief pharmacists can now assess whether the correct procedures are in place for the secure management and storage of medicines using a new tool developed by NHS Protect — the national body responsible for safeguarding NHS staff and resources. It should be used alongside the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s hospital standards to ensure robust policies and procedures exist throughout hospitals for the secure management of medicines.

The medicine security self-assessment tool:

  • provides a new way for chief pharmacists to check that an organisation’s policies and procedures are compliant with guidance and legislative requirements, such as the Controlled Drugs Regulations 2013
  • completion of the tool is not mandatory, but is intended to help demonstrate that there are sound medicines governance arrangements during the Care Quality Commission’s inspections. Although the new tool covers CDs, it states that it has specifically avoided duplication with the CQC’s Controlled Drugs governance self-assessment tool. Most areas of medicines governance are covered in the new tool, including intravenous fluids, refrigerated medicines and patients’ own medicines
  • is designed to be used within hospital pharmacy services in the acute, mental health and community settings
  • consists of two checklists: one focuses on pharmacy departments and the other on wards.
  • on completion of the checklists, an action plan is filled out, which helps address areas that may need improvement
  • a multidisciplinary approach to completing the tool is recommended and once it is finished the chief pharmacist is responsible for deciding how the outcomes of the assessment should be reported to the relevant governance committee

The content of the tool has been developed with support from England’s chief pharmaceutical officer, the RPS and the CQC, among others

Health Secretary sets out tough new approach to turn around NHS hospitals (Sept 2013)

Elite hospitals handed contracts to transform ‘special measures’ hospitals. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has set out the Government’s plans to help prevent future failures of care and safety at NHS hospitals. In the wake of the scandal over standards at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and subsequent Keogh Review which looked at 14 NHS Trusts with high mortality rates, 11 of those Trusts have already been placed in ‘special measures’.Now, the Health Secretary has set out a new approach to ensure progress at those NHS Trusts, which could be applied to any NHS Trust that is placed in special measures under a new, tougher inspection regime. Click for more.