An audit of drug incidents in learning disability group homes.
The implementation of clinical governance (Department of Health, 1997) requires the review of practice by consideration of complaints and clinical incidents. A systematic review of the clinical incident forms in group homes for those with learning disabilities, within an NHS community trust, highlighted issues for concern. This led to an audit being conducted of drug administration procedures involving examination of records and observation of practice. It demonstrated that there was general adherence to the trust's policies. The audit stimulated debate, and a number of potential areas for action were identified. The review of drug administration with clients who have learning difficulties raised wider questions about the scarcity of evidence in this area to support practice, the culture of client-centred homes and whether monitoring systems are sufficiently robust.