Care homes

Care Home Advice Pharmacy Service (CHAPS)

Our small team of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are dedicated to optimising the use of medicines and improving resident care. We work with GP practices, care home staff, community pharmacies and other healthcare professionals to carry out a range of activities which including:

  • Providing advice and support around:
    • All aspects of medicines management in Care Homes
    • The medication ordering process, including proxy access
    • Swallowing difficulties
    • Covert administration
    • Bulk prescribing
    • Controlled drugs
    • Homely remedies and self-care
    • Medicines waste
    • Complex polypharmacy
    • High risk medicines
    • Medicines prescribed from more than one source
    • Liaison with other teams such as Quality Improvement, Safeguarding and CQC

Where to find more information

The CHAPS can be contacted by email: 

This email account is checked regularly – the CHAPS aim to respond within three working days.

The ‘Care Homes’ section on Northamptonshire ICB website: Documents | Integrated Care Northamptonshire (


Last updated: 04/08/2022