The Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland has launched a new report that calls for radical changes to the way pharmaceutical care is provided in care homes.

The report calls for:

  • Dedicated roles for pharmacists that are integrated with those of other health professionals working in care homes
  • Clinical information and prescribing data to be shared with pharmacists working in care homes to improve the safe and effective use of medicines
  • Pharmacists working with their medical and nursing colleagues to reduce the use of psychoactive medication, polypharmacy and a number of other clinical priorities
  • Consider greater use of the model of one pharmacist and one GP to each care home to improve the quality of pharmaceutical care and team work.