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Medicines optimisation in care homes essential skills - online

  • Released: 06/2020
  • Reviewed: 07/2020
  • Study time: 2h:30m

PLEASE NOTE: You will not be able to book onto this event if you have previously attended the Medicinces optimisation in care homes essential skills study day.

The aim of this event is to support clinical pharmacy professionals working in primary care to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence that needed to implement strategies to optimise medicines use for people living in care homes.

Learning objectives

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:

  • work with local health and social care providers to improve outcomes for older people living in care homes
  • prioritise care homes residents for structured medication review
  • undertake person-centred structured medication reviews
  • advise on the appropriateness of low-dose antipsychotics for people with dementia
  • assess the safety and clinical appropriateness of medicines in frail older people
  • deal appropriately with a request to crush tablets in those with swallowing difficulties.

How to use this programme

Our e-workshops are run online using Zoom video conferencing. When you book onto an e-workshop you will automatically be registered onto the Zoom meeting and will receive emails from the meeting organiser about how to join.

Please note: You will need to be connected to the internet for the duration of the e-workshop.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians
  • Pre-registration trainees