Person Centred Medication Management

Background

This project was undertaken in response to the expressed interest of a number of the member organizations of the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies to the challenges faced in developing best-practice policy and guidelines in person-centered medication management, in the context of promoting inclusion and participation of people in their own medication management and in their communities.  It was acknowledged that this challenge includes the need for training of staff in supporting people with intellectual disability in this area.

In April 2002 the National Federation conducted a policy review on Drugs/Medication Administration Policy with all member organizations. The aim of this review was to gather information on practice on the ground and to initiate and stimulate discussion on the development of policy and guidelines in this area.

In February 2003, a Working Group was established to examine how best to support best practice in the area of Person Centred Medication Management having regard to best practice both in Ireland and internationally. The Working Group had a wide range of professional representation, including significant nursing representation and specific representation from An Bord Altranais, the National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery, Centre for Disability Studies UCD and the Department of Health & Children's Nursing Advisor in Intellectual Disability, as well as representation from member organisations of the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies.

The aim of the project was two-fold:

  1. To provide comprehensive evidence based information on the development of person-centred medication management policy and guidelines within member organizations and
  2. To agree and produce an framework of training requirements for people with intellectual disability wishing to self-medicate, organization-delegated staff members involved in the medication management process and trainers to train organization-delegated staff members and significant others.

The long–awaited policy guideline document has been developed and is currently being reviewed to take account of the most current literature, legislation and changes in practice on the ground since 2003.

It is anticipated that a training framework will be developed based on this policy guideline document.

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