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This template has been created to simplify data collection for patients in residential or nursing homes/supported living.

It has been updated in May 2020 based on the COVID-19 Care Home plan as detailed by NHS England on 1st May 2020.

There is overlap between the COVID-19 Care Home plan and the PCN Care Home DES 20/21 which was due to be implemented in October 2020. This template  also incorporates the data entry requirements for this DES.

Please note there is significant overlap with other Ardens templates already in use. These have not been duplicated within this template. Examples include:

  • Future Care Planning 
  • Universal Care Plan 
  • Anticipatory Prescribing 
  • Mental Health
  • Palliative Care 
  • Medication review 
  • Chronic disease templates

Access the Care Home template in one of the following ways:

  • Click on the Run Template option within the consultation. 
  • Click on the Add > Data using Template option outside of a consultation. 

Clicking on either of the options above will display the Template Picker screen. Search for the relevant remote consultation template by typing "Care Home" into the search box. 

As with all Ardens templates, the layout of pages makes it easy to navigate. The front page has template information including a key which helps to identify elements of the template which could be completed remotely. This uses red and green telephone icons. 

The subsequent pages constitute the data entry fields.

The COVID-19 Response page enables a practice to gather some basic metrics around the Primary Care activity for their care home patients and this page is designed to allow easy recording of all data to align with the COVID-19 requirements. 


The Administration page gathers basic data around such things as the type of encounter (initial assessment or follow up), type of care home setting etc: 


The Baseline/Initial Assessment page is designed to gather data at the patient's first review or ward round on entering a care home, whether from hospital or elsewhere and enables an establishment of the baseline for that patient. It records data around such things as senses, skin, bone health, nutritional status etc. 


The Acute Visit / Ward Round page allows recording of an examination and includes a field for recording suspected COVID-19 if needed: 


The Structured Medication Review page allows for recording of a detailed and comprehensive medication review of a patient, including details of drug compliance, stopping of unnecessary medications and planning. 


The Vaccinations Page allows a clinician to see whether the patient is up to date with relevant vaccines: 

MDT Approach page is an opportunity to record MDT involvement and referral to any addition al agencies: 


Finally, the Care Planning page is a mini-version of a future care plan template, with basic care plan data including the relevant codes to ensure that data is uploaded to the Summary Care Record as appropriate. 


If you require any further assistance please contact Ardens EMIS support:  support-emis@ardens.org.uk