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Medicines Management Toolkit

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Together for Short Lives has published a new edition of the Medicines Management Toolkit – designed to give guidance on improving the safety and quality of medicines management in children’s hospice and palliative care services across the UK.

Written by Gerry Armitage, professor at the University of Bradford and Bradford Institute of Heath Research, the updated edition recognises new evidence and challenges facing practitioners, with the most up-to-date resources to support in the care of children and young people. The toolkit aims to assist those working in children’s and young people’s health care settings such as nurses, doctors and pharmacists, and their support workers.

The management of medicines is the responsibility of all staff involved in patient care and this toolkit provides staff with a specific resource for training and education. It is a reference point for guiding and mandating practice in line with the values, priorities and essential standards set by legal requirements and the external regulators.

The resource includes:

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Regulatory compliance
  • Chapter 3: Staff and carer competencies
  • Chapter 4: Learning from error
  • Chapter 5: Medicines reconciliation and transcribing
  • Chapter 6: Non-medical prescribing
  • Appendix 1: Guidance for reporting a drug/medication error
  • Appendix 2: Drug/medication error report form
  • Appendix 3: Medicine reconciliation modules
  • Appendix 4: Transcribing modules
  • Appendix 5: Medicines management – example of a competency framework
  • Appendix 6: Medication competency
  • Appendix 7: Glossary of terms

This resource is now out of date and has been removed.

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  1. Hello, I note the comments below, is there a plan to update this tool as it was a valuable resource regarding medicines management processes within children's palliative care Kind regards Gill

    31 October, 2018
    Gill Wilson
  2. Hi Diane Due to the ever changing clinical and medicine guidelines this resource is now out of date so we have removed it from our website. The 2017 APPM Master Formulary is available digitally here - this may be helpful for your purposes.

    24 September, 2018
    Tim Young
  3. I have been trying to down load a copy of the Together for short lives medicines management toolkit but I can't seem to find it. Is this no longer available?

    2 September, 2018
    diane smith
  4. Hi Gill We would like to update the Toolkit, and are currently intending to include that work in our operational planning for next year. Best wishes Together for Short Lives

    7 November, 2018
    Tim Young