We can help you with involving patients in their choice of treatment
There is a considerable body of research showing better clinical outcomes among patients who are consulted about their treatment and who understand the function of the medications prescribed. The provision of this information has now become a CQC requirement.
Patient Information Leaflets (PILs)
These should be provided to patients for their prescribed medication. We recommend they are kept in the clinic room or on the ward. Patients should be made aware of their right to see any relevant PILs, which should then be provided on request. We supply a folder for easy patient access and to satisfy the relevant regulations and legal requirements.
MaPPs – medication and patient profile summary
To assist with this requirement, we offer an innovative service called MaPPs – a medication and patient profile summary. This can be seen via Live View or our online ordering site, and provides an electronic summary of each patient’s medication with a plain English explanation of what each drug is and what symptom is being treated. These can be printed out by nurses and given directly to patients.
Choice and Medication – online mental health information
In addition, we promote the use of Choice and Medication, a highly recommended online source of information about mental health conditions and medications, which has been developed for patients and healthcare staff by Stephen Bazire, professor of pharmacy at the University of East Anglia.
NEWT guidelines – a guide to administering medicines to patients with swallowing problems
Each ward or unit is kept supplied with patient information leaflets (PILs) about individual drugs which are readily available on request, and we have introduced access to NEWT guidelines for patients and staff. This is a further online resource which gives information on the use of unlicensed methods of drug delivery usually via feeding tubes, for patients with swallowing difficulties.
In addition to these services, we provide guides to self-administration of medicines with risk assessment tools for use by staff, seven-day medication packs and patient medication guides. If you would like any more information about these tools then please click here.