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Online Foundation Course in Medicines Administration – Care Homes

Course Overview

Our Foundation Course in Medicines Administration covers the Skills for Care core/mandatory training requirements for medicines management and administration. It teaches medicines administration and management as a 12-step process (based on our years of research as a company into why medication errors occur). This ensures medicines are given in a safe and systematic way, thereby reducing the risk of mistakes made through complacency. You can also combine this with our latest Virtual Medicines Round module that tests a person’s competence at selecting the correct medicine.

Aimed at

Nurses and care staff working in all settings (both new and experienced staff)

Certification

One year (in line with CQC/NICE recommendations)

Course Mapping

  • The Care Certificate
  • CQC Key Line of Enquiry S4 (Proper and Safe Use of Medicines)
  • NICE – Management of Medicines in Care Homes, March 2014
  • NICE – Management of Medicines in Community Settings, March 2017
  • Health and Social Care Act (Regulated Activities) 2014

Accredited with

Skills for care

Course content (click to expand)

  • Understand the rules around how you manage medicines
  • Care planning: establishing what support a person needs with their medicines
  • Ordering and receiving medication
  • Safe storage of medication
  • Disposing of medication
  • Record keeping with medicines
  • Administering medicines in a systematic way to avoid errors
  • Checking MDS blister packs
  • Breakdown of a pharmacy label
  • Expiry and period after opening dates
  • Crushing or spiting tablets
  • Administering medicines in a person-centred way with appropriate consent
  • Administering controlled drugs
  • When medicines are declined
  • Information about medicines and side effects
  • Drug interactions and non-prescribed medicines
  • Administering tablets and capsules
  • Administering oral liquids
  • Applying topical medication
  • Administering inhalers
  • Administering medicines to the eyes, ear and nose