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Safe Handling of Medicines

Course Description:

This course includes and builds on from the introduction to the safe handling of medicines and is intended for staff working in accommodation based services or those who needed a deeper knowledge of the whole cycle of handling and supporting the safe administration of medication in health and social care.

Course Outline: 

  • Understand the difference between prompting, supporting and administering medicines
  • Understand the need for risk assessment, promoting independence and consent
  • Understand the different roles of those involved in the medicine cycle
  • Gain an overview of the direct and indirect legislation covering medication as well as national policy documents detailing good practice
  • Understand the role of CQC in relation to handling of medicines
  • Explore the range of sources of information and support
  • Understand the 7 rights of medication administration
  • Understand medication record keeping including and use of Medication Administration Records
  • Understand protocols for “as and when required” medicines
  • Understand the requirements of a prescription
  • Labelling of medicines
  • Understand the requirements of medication receipt, storage and disposal
  • Understand common medication groups
  • Understand the difference between brand and generic names
  • The main routes of administration
  • Correct equipment for administering medicines
  • Cover the knowledge needed for administration of oral, topical, instilled (eye & ear drops) inhaled (not including nebuliser) medicines
  • Identify the differences between side effects, adverse reactions and contra indications and the need to monitor the effects of medicines
  • Dealing with medication errors, refusal and emergencies

Course Duration:
6hrs

Assessment:
The trainer will carry out an on-going assessment, and practical observation

Certification:
All delegates will receive a certificate of attendance

Location:
The course can be delivered at locations to suit the client or at one of our training venues
Maximum number of delegates per trainer is 12

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