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Medicines Optimisation in care homes

A focus for Mid Essex CCG is to improve the safe use of medicines in care homes

Optimising medicines means to improve patient centred care and quality, reduce the risk of harm from medicines and release healthcare resources.  We aim to achieve this by:

  • Stopping inappropriate or unsafe medicines, and ensuring medicines add value to resident’s health and well-being
  • Taking a patient centred approach -shared decision making i.e. involving residents and their family in decisions about which medicines care home residents take and stop
  • Creating better medicines ordering systems for care homes to reduce waste and inefficiency
  • Training and supporting care home staff to enhance safer administration of medicines

Care Homes team:

In Mid Essex, we have a small care homes team consisting of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who work closely with our local care homes and providers to help improve the quality of care that residents receive. The team also helps to support care homes staff to ensure they are receiving the training they need and complying with Care Quality Commission (CQC) standards.

We have put together the following resources to support the safe and proper use of medicines for all residents who live in care homes, including those who need nursing care.

The resource pack is divided into resources for care home staff, training and national guidance.


Folder Information for care home staff
Folder Prescribing guidance for care home residents
Folder Self-Care and Homely Remedies Toolkit