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Care home briefing 157 – Administration of medicines in care homes

The Department of Health and the University of Leeds have recently published guidance for care home providers in relation to the administration of medicines in care homes (with nursing) for older people by care assistants.

It provides information for providers, managers and staff on the legal framework that applies when care assistants are administering prescribed medication and the requirements for safety and quality assurance.

The guidance covers:

  • Legality of administration
  • Training
  • Responsibilities of the care provider
  • Administration by residents
  • The role of the registered nurse

Copies of the guidance are available from us by contacting Hayley Dove:

If you would like further information or legal advice, please contact:

Andrew Parsons

T. 020 7227 6750


This briefing is for guidance purposes only. RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever for any action taken or not taken in relation to this note and recommends that appropriate legal advice be taken having regard to a client's own particular circumstances.