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NHS staff in Scotland to undergo medicines reconciliation training

The best way to reconcile all information about a patient’s medicines in order to maintain accurate records will be taught in a new training package launched last week (13 May 2014) by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

The training, which is intended to provide guidance on a standard process for medicines reconciliation for patients on admission and discharge from hospital, will be mandatory for all pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and medical and nursing staff in NHS boards.

“Medicines reconciliation is a key clinical governance responsibility of all NHS boards,” said Malcolm Wright, chief executive of NES.

The training is being developed as part of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme, in which medicines reconciliation features strongly.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2014.11138486

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