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Other relevant legislation includes:

  • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. This secures the health, safety and welfare of people at work. It also looks at the control and storage of dangerous substances.
  • Access to Health Records Act 1990, which gives a right of access to health records to the individual it relates to, and also allows for the correction of inaccurate records.
  • RIDDOR stands for Reporting of Injuries, Diseases, and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013. This would include the mishandling of medications and their maladministration that can lead to reportable incidents. This is whether actual injury or illness has been caused or not. For example, if you were to give a client the wrong medication, the wrong dose, or an unauthorised person had given out medication, this would need to be reported to RIDDOR. This is generally done through your manager.
  • COSHH: The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health regulations 2002 defines the storage of potentially hazardous substances and how to treat them in an emergency.
  • The Mental Capacity Act 2005 covers an individual service user or resident’s capacity with regards to giving consent to take medication. As stated, there is the right to refuse but if a mental capacity assessment has been completed, the service user or resident may require further support to take the medication.
  • The Data Protection Act 1998 covers the use of information about people and the administration and control of medicines in care homes and children's services. This sets out guidelines in all aspects of safe management of medicines, including policies and procedures, record keeping, medicine supply, storage and administration.