Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication
Health & Social Care
What is the course about?
This course covers legislation associated with handling medication and procedures for receiving, administering, handling, storing, and disposing of medication. The course also looks at the most common types of medication that are administered to individuals in a care setting. The course is ideal for anyone currently working in a role where they need to administer medication, or for those who wish to progress into a role of this nature.
Why should I choose the course?
Benefits against other understanding the safe handling of medication courses:
You can learn from your own home, in your own time
You get access to award-winning learning and assessment materials.
What will I learn?
Section 1: Understand the legislative framework for the use of medication in social care settings
You will look at the legislation that governs the use of medication in social care settings, as well as the different legal classification systems, policies and procedures, and agreed ways of working that surround medication.
Section 2: Know about common types of medication and their use
This section covers the common types of medication and the conditions for which medication is prescribed. You will also look at the changes to an individual’s physical or mental wellbeing that could indicate an adverse reaction.
Section 3: Understand roles and responsibilities in the use of medication in social care settings
You will look at the roles and responsibilities of those involved with prescribing and dispensing medication, as well as where the responsibilities lie in relation to over-the-counter medication.
Section 4: Understand techniques for administering medication
This section covers the routes by which medication can be administered, the different forms in which medication can be presented, and the materials that can assist when administering medication.
Section 5: Be able to receive, store and dispose of medication supplies safely
In this section you will learn crucial skills such as how to receive supplies of medication in line with agreed ways of working, store medication in a safe way, and dispose of unused or unwanted medication safely.
Section 6: Know how to promote the rights of the individual when managing medication
This section looks at the importance of key principles that need to be considered when administering medication, such as consent, self-medication, active participation, dignity, privacy, and confidentiality. You will also learn how risk assessments are use
What will the course lead on to?
The college offers a wide range of other CPD courses. For further information please refer to the website, or contact our Learner Services Team on 01925 494400
Are there any links with industry and university?
All modules will be linked to generic business needs as well as personal development needs.
What support is available?
We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if required, as well as a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed. Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college.
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Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?
Warrington & Vale Royal College has been rated as a good college in the latest Ofsted inspection. It has an excellent reputation for vocational courses and responds to specific business needs when requested. The tutors at Warrington & Vale Royal College are highly experienced in their fields and have a great deal of industry knowledge to impart. Our distance learning courses are delivered entirely online, allowing you to benefit from expert teaching in the comfort of your own home.
What are the entry requirements?
There are no formal entry requirements for this course, but you are expected to have an enthusiasm and interest in the area and in professional skill development
Are there any additional costs associated with the course?
There are no specific extra costs apart from access to IT and the internet, as well as any books/stationery you wish to purchase yourself.
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