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Medicine managing tool scoops award

14th October 2005

A tool to help vulnerable people to manage their medicines has received an award from the NHS.

Developed by Dr Karen Rosenbloom and Ruth Goldstein, the tool has taken first place in the regional Health and Social Care Awards given out by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.

Ms Rosenbloom and Ms Goldstein conducted the first stage of research, posting four trigger questions to help identify people who had difficulties managing their medicines.

The second phase then resulted in a comprehensive tool that allows pharmacy staff to assess actual need and make sure that people who are unable to use their medicines receive the support they need.

Dr Rosenbloom told Medical News Today the tool aims to encourage pharmacists to fully integrate with health and social care teams.

"Patients and carers are able, through the self-assessment form, to ensure that their needs are identified. This will benefit people who in the past have not been able to take or use their medicines," she added.

The research will now go onto the national awards final taking place in December.