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Cels helps to implement regional medicine safety policy

CELS : 01 February, 2008  (New Product)
Several primary care trusts across the North East England have implemented a new policy that addresses the safe handling of medicine developed by the Durham and Tees Valley regional medication policy group in collaboration with Cels, the organisation driving the healthcare economy in North East England.
The group recently published a Regional Strategy and a Model of Good Practice Policy in a bid to help improve the skills of staff in a care environment and to ensure that improper and potentially dangerous handling of medicine in the region is minimised.

The demand for the safe handling of medicine is on the rise with research showing that many people over 75 are currently taking four or more different medicines, 50 per cent of older people do not take medicines as intended and five to seven per cent of hospital admissions for older people are caused by adverse effects of medicines (National Service Framework).

The policy has been embraced by a number of PCTs across the North East England, including Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland, and is further bolstered by the backing from the Skills for Care North East, and CSCI, the regulating body for health and social care in the UK.

Cels has provided sponsorship, business and marketing support to the group that has continually urged councils, care home groups and domiciliary care agencies across the region to support the initiative.

Lesley Ann Gallagher, sector skills manager at Cels commented: “The need to up-skill the workforce in the area of Safe Handling of Medicine is crucial when encouraging a higher standard of care services.”

Cels is proud to play a strong role within this policy, set to ensure that incidents of improper administration of medicine by care workers is dramatically decreased in North East England.”

Bob Elliott, learning and development manager of adult and community services within Durham County Council, who has been leading the working group, commented: 'The management, administration and safe handling of medication are core functions in health and social care. It is imperative that staff are accountable within this area of their work and that they are competent enough to deliver a high level of care to service users.”

The policy is set to undergo a thorough assessment at today’s, February 1st 2008, evaluation meeting.
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