Self-Administration of Medicines – Brief Guidance and examples from practice

Amanda Cooper, Associate Director, Medicines Use and Safety (SPS)Source Medicines Use & SafetyPublished

Self-Administration of Medicines is a multi-disciplinary process designed to give patients the opportunity to continue to take their own medication whilst in hospital, and to provide knowledge to patients about their medicines.  Where possible and as long as it is safe, patients in hospital should be encouraged to continue to self-administer their own medicines.

This guidance is designed to assist organisations in identifying when self-administration of medicines in inpatient settings should be used.  The aims of this guidance are to:

  • outline principles for consideration when implementing such schemes
  • identify best practice examples from current practice