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.
This discussion paper and vision statement calls for a single pharmacist & GP practice for each care home describing the context of major medication safety challenges in care homes.
This good practice guidance describes four core principles for health care professionals and three responsibilities for organisations relating to the transfer of patients and their medications between different areas of care. It includes clear recommendations for the core content of medical records.
Patient Safety and Quality in Home Health Care (Chapter 13 of Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses)
This book chapter identifies six key areas of safety relevant to care at home including falls, wound management and unplanned hospital admissions. It provides guidelines for care in these areas tailored to the home care setting.
Improving Patient Safety in Nursing Homes: A Resource List for Users of the AHRQ Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in the US has put together a compilation of a wide variety of resources for use in improving patient safety in nursing homes. This document would be a useful starting point for individuals or teams researching in this area.
Improving healthcare support in care homes - South Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
This good practice case study describes the development and commissioning of an innovative healthcare model in nursing homes in South Manchester. The initiative has shown improved outcomes and could be a useful example for those considering a similar approach.
This page on the British Geriatric Society’s website emphasizes the need to think differently about the health care needs of care home residents and provides a link to recently published Commissioning for Excellence in Care Homes
This factsheet from the Alzheimer's Society on support available for safe care of dementia patients at home is aimed at healthcare professionals, carers and patients
Improving medication safety for people in care homes: thoughts and experiences from carers and relatives
This report from the Health Foundation collects together the testimony given by family and carers of people living in a care home, specifically around issues of medication safety.