Course Description

This Medication Awareness course is aimed at anyone who administers medication as part of their job. This could be doctors, nurses, pharmacy assistants, first aiders, care home staff etc…

Figures show that hundreds of deaths each year in the UK are linked to medication errors. It is therefore vital that all health and social care staff are provided with the knowledge and skills required to support patients with their medications.

This course looks at the roles and responsibilities of individuals for administering, storing, disposing and recording information about the use of medicines, it also looks the legislative requirements, as well as self-medication and any other issues that may arise in the administration of medication. The training also covers the requirements of confidentiality and the rights of clients.

Learning Outcomes

After this half-day course staff will:

  • Be up to date with current legislation and understand the procedures they must follow.
  • Be able to safely administer medicines, including supporting self-administration, whilst being mindful of local policy, consent and confidentiality.
  • Recognise different types of medication and the common side effects associated with those.
  • Be able to promote the rights of the individual when managing medication, including those who lack capacity.
  • Understand the use of monitored dosage systems.
  • Have an awareness of how an individual’s metabolism may affect the absorption and elimination of medicines.
  • Have an understanding of how to store and dispose of any medication safely.
  • Understand the recording and reporting procedures, including confidentiality requirements.

The session is followed by a multiple-choice assessment, designed to test learners’ understanding of the course. A certificate will be issued after successful completion of the training course.


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