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Guidance from the Department of Health for Care Home Providers

The University of Leeds, at the request of the Department of Health, produced this guidance.  An evidence-based review underpins this guidance.  It provides:  

  • Clear information for care home providers, managers and staff on the legal framework for the administration of prescribed medicines for a named individual by care assistants; and
  • The requirements for safety and quality assurance.  

This guidance has been prepared to make clear that care workers such as care assistants are not prohibited from administering medicines to residents. It draws attention to existing guidance which sets out good practice measures for the safe management and handling of medicines in this sector. It does not prevail over that guidance and should be read together with it and the relevant legislation.