Keeping patients safe when they transfer between providers and making sure they are taking the right medicines is vital to their care and protection. Between 30 and 70 percent of patients have either an error or unintentional change to their medicines when their care is transferred? Pharmacy professionals can play a key role in the secure and accurate transfer of information about medicines between care providers to ensure patient safety.
Research has shown that when patients are admitted to hospital most are likely to have at least one omitted medicine or wrong dose and failures in communication at the time of discharge from secondary care can result in death or serious harm to patients as well as avoidable readmission.
Use the resources on this page to find out what a good transfer-of-care process for information about medicines should look like and the actions pharmacy professionals need to take to make this happen.
This programme aims to support community pharmacy professionals to deliver the NHS Discharge Medicines Service. It will enable pharmacy professionals in other settings to understand how their role links to the patient’s journey through this service.
2h:00m (for events this includes pre and post event learning)
Learning Outcomes:On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:
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