This case study describes the implementation of the NHS Safety Thermometer into small units within the independent sector and the impact on patient safety that it had in these units.
Studies report a reduction in inappropriate polypharmacy, errors, and cost achieved by pharmacist input in care homes. In addition, a pharmacist can identify gaps and lead on targeted actions in key therapeutic areas to support the provision of high quality care and safety for care home residents.
Good Practice Case Study. Angus’ multidisciplinary medication review service for older people - NHS Tayside
This case study illustrates an example of innovative practice to improve medication safety in older people. The team from Tayside in Scotland introduced a collaborative multidisciplinary approach to medication review, which led to a reduction in polypharmacy, improved patient understanding of treatment, and prescribing cost savings.
This improvement report documents the development of a medication review tool, based on the evidence based “STOPP” (screening tool of older persons’ potentially inappropriate prescriptions) for routine use with elderly patiens across all sections of care.
Proactive care of older people undergoing surgery (‘POPS’): Designing, embedding, evaluating and funding a comprehensive geriatric assessment service for older elective surgical patients
This improvement report looks at the work of POPS (Proactive care of the Older Patient undergoing Surgery), a specialist multidisciplinary team based at Guys and St Thomas hospitals.