CQC publishes covert medicines advice

The CQC has published best practice advice for the covert administration of medicines.

In the new advice, care home staff should ensure they take part in a multi-disciplinary ‘best interest meeting’ also involving family members or advocates, and a pharmacist before administering medicines in this way.  

The CQC makes clear that a capacity assessment should be carried out and that covert administration should only follow the decision that the patient lacks capacity to make the specific decision about taking their medicines.

Other areas to consider include:

  • how is fluctuating capacity managed?
  • are individual assessments maintained?
  • how are the best interests of patients considered?

The CQC has also published advice on the standards care teams should expect from GP practices.

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