This competence is about working with individuals who have long term conditions and their carers to promote the safe and effective use of medicines. It covers identifying the medicines used by individuals, monitoring their effects, and promoting effective medicines management. It does not cover the administration of medicines by the practitioner, or supporting individuals to administer their own medicines. 

This competence is relevant to those who provide proactive and coordinated Case Management. Here, Case Management means identifying and risk stratifying vulnerable, high-risk people with complex multiple long term conditions. Case Management should take place within the philosophy of enabling and promoting self care, self management and independence Users of this competence will need to ensure that practice reflects up to date information and policies.