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midwifeJanuary 21 2015

Pharmacists and midwives have collaborated on new guidance and e-learning for midwives on medicines supply and administration.

The new resource, 'Midwives and Medicines (NI) 2014', aims to provide midwives with up to date information on medicines management through:

•    links to legislation and other supporting documentation;
•    learning scenarios to assist midwives in understanding their role in relation to medicines and the relevance to midwifery practice;
•    self assessments to deepen their knowledge and skills; and
•    links to a list of commonly used medicines in maternity care including midwives exemptions and medicines monographs.

It also includes standards for medicines management and discusses the role of pharmacists in supplying and storing medicines, as well as the disposal of unwanted medicines.

Midwives can only supply and administer medicines without the need of a prescription within their professional role, when there is a Midwives Exemption (ME) or Patient Group Direction (PGD).

Chief Nursing Officer, Mrs Charlotte McArdle, said: “Despite the legislation, there has been confusion around midwives’ responsibilities in relation to the supply and administration of medicines, in particular around Midwives Exemptions, Patient Group Directions and relevant statutory legislation.

“I know that this innovative e-learning will be a great resource for midwives and will aid clarity and a better understanding of their responsibilities when administering and supplying medicines in the sphere of their midwifery practice.”

It can be accessed via the Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council for Nursing and Midwifery (NIPEC) or the HSC eLearning Centre.

Links:

New resource to help midwives with supply and administration of medicines

NIPEC document

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