The ‘Involved & informed: good community medicines support’ is a new initiative designed to encourage better medicines support for people who are receiving social care services in their homes.

The campaign focuses on NICE’s guideline and quality standard on managing medicines in the community, which is focused on safe and appropriate medicines support for people living in their own homes. Whilst the importance of people retaining full responsibility for their own medicines wherever possible is central to the guidance, it also includes guidance for providers of home care or domiciliary support where this is applicable. The guidance does not cover use of personal health budgets, shared lives or personal assistants.

The aim is to ensure the safe and effective use of medicines in the community, so people get the best possible outcomes with a reduced risk of medicine related harm.

A key message for health and social care commissioners and practitioners (including GPs and pharmacists) is the importance of people receiving medicines support and their families or carers being fully involved in decisions about their medicine support. The partner organisations involved in the campaign have produced a resource for people accessing medicines support and their families and carers, which explains more about what the NICE guidance says about involving people.

The campaign has been developed collaboratively by several partner organisations: National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE), The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), Local Government Association (LGA), Care Quality Commission (CQC), United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA), Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG), Think Local Act Personal (TLAP), NHS England, Skills for Care, Royal Pharmaceutical Society & Royal College of GPs.

Partner organisations are asked to share the resource with frontline colleagues through social media, bulletins and targeted emails.

Download the Involved & Informed resource here.