Scotland - Learning Disability
This policy outlines the service’s approach to first aid. It has been reviewed with some information added in relation to COVID-19, expired first aid certificates and the requirement to report COVID-19 identified cases as a disease under RIDDOR. References have also been reviewed and updated to ensure they remain current.
This policy will support staff on the process to follow if an error has occurred with administration of medication, and how to review the incident to improve standards and reduce the incidence of this recurring. It has been reviewed with minimal changes, references and links checked and remain current.
This policy will support staff on following best practice for administering medication via alternative routes. It has been reviewed with minimal changes. References and links have been checked and remain current.
This policy will inform the staff responsible for dispensing controlled drugs on the measure to activate to ensure safety is paramount and the extra measures that must be implemented to ensure better outcomes for the people in their care. It has been reviewed with minor updates. References and links have been checked and remain current.
This policy will support staff in following best practice in the safe disposal of medication. The policy has been reviewed and advice from a new guidance document added ‘Guidance for Repurposing Prescription Only Medicines (POMs) in Care Homes and Hospices’. The references have also been reviewed to ensure they remain current.
This policy will support staff with information on how best to administer medication and must be read alongside the suite of medication policies. This will result in safer and better outcomes for the people staff are supporting. The policy has been reviewed and the content amended to include medication rounds wearing a ‘Do Not Disturb – Dispensing Medication’ tabard.
This policy will guide staff on how to assess service users’ continence to support them to maintain independence. There are useful pocket guides which will help, alongside an assessment to use if not using the local continence assessment; the Bristol stool chart is also included which helps when describing stool. The policy has been reviewed and includes new guidance in the content released by the Care Inspectorate, and the references and links also checked to ensure they remain current.
The policy will support management on maternity leave and has been updated to outline the interaction between maternity leave and furlough leave during the current COVID-19 crisis. This policy outlines the minimum legal requirements for someone who will be going or is already on maternity leave including notice requirements.
This policy will guide staff through the covert medication pathway if they are considering this method of administration for Service Users. It has been reviewed with references and links checked to ensure that they remain current and forms part of the medication suite of documents.
This policy details how the service will support service users who may require the use of bed rails as part of their care or support. It has been reviewed and updated to reflect changes in the MHRA’s newly released ‘Safe use of Bed Rails’ (2020) document.