-New addition to the bestselling Legal Aspects in Healthcare series
-Provides a clear introduction to the laws relating to aspects of healthcare
-Each chapter presents a practical case study to illustrate the relevant law
-Updates legislation on mental health and capacity as well as discussing latest important cases
-Includes essential new guidance on Medicines Management from the Nursing and Midwifery Council
Intended for all health professionals involved in the dispensing, administration, prescribing or supply of medication, as well as health service managers, patient groups and their representatives, lecturers and clinical supervisors.
Bridgit Dimond is Emeritus Professor, University of Glamorgan.
Table of contents
New guidance from the Nursing and Midwifery
Council on Standards for Medicines Management; on standards of proficiency for
nurse prescribers and a new Code: standards of
conduct, performance and ethics for nurses and midwives. Changes in indemnity
insurance and the use of the criminal standard of proof in hearings.
Changes to legislation
include the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (In force October 2007)and the
Mental Health Act 2007 giving greater protection to those lacking mental
capacity and those who are detained because of mental disorder and include
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, Community Treatment Orders and restrictions
on compulsory administration of medicines to detained patients.
Patients rights of access to medicines and the
role of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
The Health and Social Care Act 2008 and the
establishment of the Care Quality Commission in 2009 and standards setting across
the health and social care sector including medicines management
Cases brought against owners and managers in the
private sector by the CQC.
guidance issued by the Department of Health on controlled drugs in the light of
the 4th Shipman Report; on guidance on independent nurse
prescribing; on Medicines Matters and on mixing of medicines by nurses and
pharmacists covering the new rules introduced in 2009; DH report on the misuse
of anti-psychotic drugs for those with dementia
Discontinuance of the Nurse Prescribers’ extended Formulary;
British Pharmacopoeia website
Extensions to the scope of patient group directions
Effect of the Traditional Herbal Medicines Products Directive
brought completely into force in April 2011 and the establishment of the
Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council.
Reclassification of cannabis
The establishment of the General Pharmaceutical
Council and the changing function of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great
initiatives from the Medicines Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency including
new arrangements for reporting adverse reactions; a new data base and on-line
patient information service
and warnings from the National Patient Safety Agency on medication errors
Changes to the pharmaceutical industry
Future changes in the Health and Social Care Bill 2011 on the
organisation of the NHS and NHS quangos and their effect on the supply,
administration and management of medicines