Each issue of Innov-age features articles written by leading professionals from both within and outside the NHS, sharing best practice and innovation and helping to improve the care and safety of older people.
Leading this issue, Professor Carmel Hughes discusses the importance of medicines management for older people, and the challenge of appropriate prescribing and getting the balance right between prescribing many necessary medicines and too many medicines.
Julia Carthew and Clare Howard introduce the work of the Academic Health Science Networks in England in Medicines Optimisation, including the ‘Me and My Medicines’ scheme and the Meet Mo campaign.
Kevin Madden and Dr Karen Miller discuss the importance of assessing the appropriateness of medicines for older people, in particular as an important factor in preventing falls, and how the introduction of the intermediate care pharmacy team can aid this.
Dr James Burnstone introduces Elucid’s Pill Connect bottle, a digital health tool that can communicate with a patient’s smartphone and control the patient’s access to their medicines, by electronically dispensing the medicine quantity.
Also in this issue, Professor Felicity Smith and Dr Liz Jamieson discuss how people who assist older people with their medicines may not fit the traditional definition of a carer, and how health professionals can provide them with appropriate information and support. Dr Heather Barry discusses how medicines management can be optimised for people with dementia, and the role of carers in this process. Dr Deborah Patton discusses the ‘Locks and Keys’ approach to provide solutions to identified medication adherence problems. Alex Collin introduces AutumnCare and their electronic Medication Administration Record and discusses how this can be used to safeguard residents in care homes with medications. Acorn Occupational Health discuss the importance of occupation health services, particularly in healthcare and for care home staff, and Professor Tracey Howe discusses the evidence from Cochrane Reviews in relation to the effectiveness of various approaches aimed at helping the safe and effective management of medicines for older people.
Innov-age is published in both print and digital versions, and has been launched by the Edward Centre for Healthcare Management Research, part of the Edward Healthcare group of companies and produced in association with TRUSTECH, MIMIT and HInM to promote excellence in elderly healthcare. Each issue of Innov-age features articles written by leading professionals from both within and outside the NHS, sharing best practice and innovation, helping to improve the care and safety of older people.
Edward Healthcare is an established care provider with elder care facilities in China and international investment in healthcare research. Edward Healthcare set up the Manchester-based research centre in conjunction with TRUSTECH, the North West NHS Innovation Service, MIMIT (Manchester Integrating Medicine and Innovative Technology) and Health Innovation Manchester, to explore international care systems and industry best practice.
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