The Ardens Care Home Review  template has been created to simplify data collection for patients in residential or nursing homes/supported living.  

Access the Care Home template in the patient care record using 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 'Care Home Review (Ardens)' template using the search box provided or folder navigation pane (Ardens > Consultation Templates > Social folder). Select the template and click on OK

As with all Ardens templates, the layout of pages makes it easy to navigate. The Network DES only page summarises the requirements for Network Contract DES.

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 Care Planning page includes the core elements of the creation of a Personalised Care Plan.

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 Dementia Assessment page allows for a brief dementia assessment and includes the codes needed for the DEM004 element of QOF.  

The Rockwood Frailty Scale page gives the option to record frailty scores and to record a frailty code if required.

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

The  Medication Review page allows for recording of a detailed and comprehensive medication review for 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.

The MDT Approach page is an opportunity to record MDT involvement and referral to any addition agencies.


Once you have recorded the required information, click on the Save Template option to save information to the patient record. 

Practices may also find useful the following supporting templates to manage Care Home patients:

For further information on monitoring activity for the Network Contract DES requirements, please see the following support article.

If you require any further assistance on the process above, please contact Ardens support on: