Medication Health & Social Care


In supported living where the individual handles and administers their own medication an assessment must be carried out to determine the level of support required and a written plan must be prepared that meet their needs this includes the management of controlled drugs: including collecting, receiving, storage, administration, recording and disposal.

Ordering prescriptions
• Medication will only be prescribed by a suitably qualified medical practitioner, this may include Dental practitioners
• Quantities should be based on the length of treatment otherwise a maximum supply of no more than 28 days is recommended
• Every individual receiving medication must have a Medication Administration Record chart (MAR chart). Details of the medication prescribed and administered must be recorded on the Medication Administration Record chart.
• Administration directions should always appear on the prescription.
• A pharmacist, who will label each container with the name of the medicine, the person for whom it is prescribed, and directions for use, will dispense prescriptions. The pharmacist should be requested to issue a Medication Administration Record chart for each new prescription/repeat prescription with details of all medications included on the prescription.
• The labelling of medicine containers should not be changed by staff. Should a label become detached or illegible the container must be returned to the pharmacy for re-labelling. If the pharmacist is unable safely to re-label the container, a further prescription must be obtained from the Doctor.

Receipt and Collection
• Prescriptions for new or repeat medication should be sent to the Home address by the surgery or alternatively it may be collected from the GP surgery by a staff member.
• Where a member of staff collects the medication from the pharmacy, they will be required to provide formal identification. If the pharmacy delivers the medication the staff member will be...