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Monday 23 July 2018
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A guide for community pharmacists to supporting adults with learning disabilities

This webpage has been designed to help pharmacists working in Derby and Derbyshire to support adults with learning disabilities .
The Disability Partnership’s Pharmacy Project reported in 2016 that many pharmacies are providing a reasonably good service. However, there still remain issues with communication. Not all pharmacists are explaining why or how to take the prescribed medication.

Did you know….?

The Confidential Inquiry into premature deaths of people with learning disabilities (CIPOLD 2013) looked into the deaths of 247 people. It identified a number of frequently reported problems with medication, including:

  • the person not taking or not being given prescribed medicines, or not being given the correct dose

  • medicine being prescribed in a form the person could not take (due to swallowing difficulties) and family carers or staff devising unsafe solutions

  • lack of monitoring for side-effects or unreliable monitoring


Click on the link for further information: http://www.bris.ac.uk/media-library/sites/cipold/migrated/documents/fullfinalreport.pdf

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust medication resources: http://www.choiceandmedication.org/derbyshcft/

Distance learning - an accredited course via the centre for pharmacy postgraduate education:  https://www.cppe.ac.uk/programmes/l/learndislc-d-01   

Pharmacy and people with learning disabilities; making reasonable adjustments to services: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/621685/pharmacy_and_people_with_learning_disabilities.pdf