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Medication (Accredited)

1 day accredited course via Zoom for up to 20 learners

The course outline will be 

  • Knowledge and competence self-assessment
  • Literacy and numeracy assessment via case studies
  • The role of the organisations' Medication Administration Policy and Procedure
  • Legislation and best practice
    • The Medicines Act 1968
    • The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
    • Registration and Inspection of Social Care Act 2016 and The Regulated Services (Service Providers and Responsible Individuals) (Wales) Regulations 2017
    • The Data Protection Act 2018
    • NICE SC1: Managing Medicines in Care Homes
    • NICE NG67:Managing medicines for adults receiving social care in the community
    • Social Care Wales: Duty of Candour
    • Social Care Wales: Code of Professional Practice for Social Care
  • RISCA Reg 58 Medication and statutory guidance
    • Policy and procedure
    • Staff training and competence
    • Ordering and reordering
    • Storage
    • Controlled drugs
    • Reconciliation
    • Stock control
    • Oversight and audit
    • Delegated tasks
  • Personal plans and risk assessments
    •  Referring to medication needs in personal plans
    • Risks associated with medication
      • risks of taking the medication
      • long term risks
      • risks of not taking the medication
    • Ensuring that personal plans and risk assessments are consistent with each other and the MAR
    • Other areas of risk
      • Families who bring medication into the service
      • Shared medication administration duties
      • Medication changes
  • Contraindication and drug interactions
  • Adverse effects and how to access information on adverse effects
  • Medication records (MAR)
    • The purpose of a MAR
    • Completing a handwritten MAR
    • Recording on a MAR
    • Good practice and common errors with recording
    • Using the codes for non-administration
    • Using the care notes on the reverse of the MAR
  • PRN medication
    • Define PRN
    • Variable dose medication
    • PRN protocols
  • Topical medication and the need for a body map or TMAR
  • Defining a medicine 
  • Classifications of medicine
    • Prescription-only
    • Pharmacy
    • General sales list
    • Controlled drugs
  • The importance of accessing the information on why the person is taking the medicine
  • Levels of support
    • All Wales Guidance for Health Boards/Trusts and Social Care Providers in Respect of Medicines and Care Support Workers
  • Medication packaging - pros and cons
    • Original packaging - boxed
    • Dossett boxes
    • Pill pouches
    • Blister packs
  • Controlled drugs
    • The Misuse of Drugs Act, 1971
    • Schedules
    • Storage
    • Recording
    • Controlled drugs in the person's own home
    • Controlled drugs and the organisations' policy and procedures
  • Managing the risks of flammable emollients
  • Preparation of 
    • Powders e.g. Fybogel
    • Dispersible tablets
    • Suspensions
  • 6 rights of medication administration
  • Good practice regarding boxed medication - use only one strip at once and follow the correct order
  • Administering medication (if permitted by the organisations' policy)
    • Oral tablets
    • Oral liquids
    • Transdermal patches
    • Eye drops
    • Nasal drops
    • Aural medication
  • Thickeners
    • IDDSI framework
    • Safe storage
  • Over the counter medication and homely remedies (if permitted by the organisations' policy)
  • Common errors
    • Process errors
    • Recording errors
    • Administration errors
    • Managing the error
  • Audits and quality assurance 
  • Disposal of medication
    • Nursing homes
    • Residential homes
    • Home care and supported living

After the course, learners will complete a 30 question multiple-choice assessment, this will be returned by email for marking on the day of the course. Learners must achieve a score of 23 or above to pass the course and be submitted for certification by the awarding body. 

Certificates will be forwarded via email when they are received from the awarding body. 

Dates (9.30am - 4.30pm)

17th May 2022

29th July 2022

21st September 2022

10th November 2022

10th January 2023

7th March 2023

There is no charge to attend these courses, however a cancellation charge may apply to non-attendance if sufficient notice is not given

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