The Medicine act 1968
Governs the manufacture & supply of medicines. This requires that the local pharmacist or dispensing doctor is responsible for supplying medication. He or she can only do this on the receipt of a prescription from an authorised person eg a doctor. According to the law (The Medicines Act 1968) medicines can be given by a third party, e.g. a suitably-trained care worker, to the person that they were intended for when this is strictly in accordance with the directions that the prescriber has given.
The misuse of Drugs act 1971 and amendments 1985, 2001
This controls dangerous or otherwise harmful drugs designated as Controlled drugs. (CD) The main purpose of this act is to prevent the misuse of controlled drugs. CD’s are prescribed drugs used to treat severe pain. Some people abuse them by taking them when there is no clinical reason. The purpose of the legislation impacts on care homes by requiring special arrangements for storage, administration, records and disposal.
The misuse of drugs (Safe custody) amendment Regulation 2007
This specifies how controlled drugs are stored and is referred to in the Standards for care homes. Controlled drugs must be kept in Controlled drugs cabinet that complies with these regulations. The regulations specify the quality, construction, method of fixing and lock and key for the cupboard.
The safer management of controlled drugs (2006) specifies how controlled drugs are stored, administered and disposed of. Controlled drugs must be kept in a controlled drugs cabinet that complies with these regulations. Records must be made for all controlled drugs transactions.
Care Home regulations 2001
Regulation 13 states that a registered provider must make arrangements for the recording, handling, safekeeping, safe administration and disposal of medicines received into the care home. This applies to all medicines including controlled drugs
Health & Safety at work act 1974
To maintain safety for all in the workplace. Your employer must ensure that anyone administering medication has attended the appropriate training. The risks associated with the handling or administration of any medicine should be assessed for both staff and patients.
Control of substances hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH)
The law requires employers to control exposure to hazardous substances for both employees and others who may be exposed and to ensure employees are properly informed trained and supervised.
Care standards Act 2000
Regulates and inspects services used by people for care services. Provides guidance and information. The Act, has a major impact on the quality of care provided to children and vulnerable adults, and could make the system of regulation and inspection of care in particular simpler, more transparent and navigable. All care including that provided by local authorities falls within the scope of the Act. Its key provisions are:
• The creation of a National Care Standards Commission (NCSC) for England to undertake the regulation of care. • The creation of a General Social Care Council (GSCC) for England and a Care Council for Wales to register social workers, regulate the training of the social care workforce and raise standards in social care through the production of codes of conduct and the maintained of a register of social care staff.
Access to Health Records Act 1990
The act defines who can see medical records. The individual can see his or her own records, but nobody else can except with the individuals permission. This includes next of kin and friends
Data protection Act 1998
The Act applies to any organisation that keeps personal records on computer to register as a data user and they must comply with specific regulations. They must be secure, allow the individual to have access to their records, record only relevant information, only...