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University of Bradford pharmacist improving care home standards

17 June 13

Newly appointed University of Bradford lecturer, Dr David Alldred, joins an influential government group tasked with improving standards in care homes.

Dr David Alldred, a senior lecturer in the Pharmacy Practice Research Group at Bradford School of Pharmacy, has joined the National Institute for Care and Health Excellence (NICE) group ‘Medicines Management in Care Homes’ in order to help develop good practice guidance.

Care home residents are at particular risk from medication errors and Dr David Alldred, an academic pharmacist, is an internationally-renowned expert on improving safety in the prescribing and use of medicines for older people.

The NICE group will build on the landmark Care Homes Use of Medicines Study (CHUMS) study which showed for the first time the number of errors that happen in this setting and the contributory factors.

David was a lead member of the CHUMS research team; recently he led a review of interventions to optimise prescribing for older people in care homes with the aim of finding best evidence to address the problems shown by CHUMS.

David, who takes up his post in the University of Bradford’s School of Pharmacy in July, will continue his research into patient safety including working on the University’s new research programme ‘Improving safety and efficiency of medicines management for patients discharged from hospital’.

Professor Marcus Rattray, Head of the Bradford School of Pharmacy commented: “Now people live longer than ever before, it is timely that medicines management and safety in care homes is being addressed. The recommendations of the NICE working group will benefit the many thousands of people living in care homes, and I am pleased that Dr David Alldred’s involvement will enable this process.”

17 June 13

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