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Chair and Chief Executive’s Foreword

The past 12 months has seen us fully embracing our new role in providing guidance and quality standards for the social care sector, as well as continuing with our commitment to improving outcomes for people using the NHS and public health services.

Through our social care programme, we can help health and social care professionals to work more closely and effectively together, and make better use of limited resources. Our quality standard on managing medicines in care homes, published in March 2015, builds on the corresponding guideline and is an example of where services can work together and share information to ensure people in care homes receive the correct medicines.

In July 2014, we published guidance on safe nurse staffing levels in adult acute hospital wards. The guidance sets out a series of ‘red flag events’, which warn when nurses in charge of shifts must act immediately to ensure they have enough staff to meet the needs of patients on that ward. In February 2015, we published companion guidance on safe staffing in maternity settings…

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