What will I learn?

This course covers the following

  • Explain the key aspects of medicines legislation, including the Medicines Act and relevant CQC regulations.
  • Describe the guidelines and standards set by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and CQC for medicines management.
    Types of medicines and their uses

  • Identify different types of medicines (e.g., prescription, over-the-counter, controlled drugs).
  • Understand the common uses and effects of various medications.
    Medication Policies and Procedures

  • Understand the care provider’s medication policy and procedures.
  • Describe the process for receiving, storing, administering, and disposing of medications.
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    Skill-Based Outcomes
    Safe handling and storage of medicines

  • Demonstrate correct procedures for receiving and storing medications securely.
  • Check medication expiry dates and understand protocols for dealing with expired medications.
    Administering Medications

  • Correctly administer oral, topical, and other forms of medication following the prescriber’s instructions.
  • Perform accurate medication administration records (MAR) documentation.
    Monitoring and Reporting

  • Monitoring individuals for side effects and adverse reactions.
  • Report any medication errors or incidents promptly and correctly according to organisational policies.
    Promoting Person-Centred Care

  • Respect and consider individual preferences and needs when managing medications.
  • 7 rights of medication
  • Engage with individuals to ensure they understand their medications and encourage self-administration where appropriate.
    Ethical and legal responsibilities

  • Acknowledge the ethical and legal responsibilities involved in medicines management.
  • Maintain confidentiality and privacy concerning individuals’ medication regimes.

    Continuous improvement and learning

  • Commit to ongoing learning and staying updated with best practices in medicines management.
  • Reflect on practice to improve the quality and safety of medicines management.
    Evaluation and Documentation Outcomes

  • Accurate Record-Keeping
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date medication administration records (MAR charts).
  • Document all administered medications, refused doses, and any discrepancies accurately. Escalation as required.
    Audit and Review

  • Participate in regular medication audits to ensure compliance with CQC standards.
  • Review and update care plans to reflect changes in medication regimes.
    Compliance with CQC Regulations

  • Adhering to CQC Standards
  • Understand and implement CQC’s Fundamental Standards relating to medicines management.
  • Ensure practices align with the key lines of enquiry (KLOEs) used by CQC during inspections.
    Incident Management and Reporting
    Follow the correct procedure for reporting medication errors or incidents as per company protocol.
    Implement corrective actions to prevent recurrence and improve patient safety.

    Training can be delivered either in our state of the art training ward at Andover College or at the client’s premises. The course content can be amended to take account of the client’s specific training needs.

    Where will it lead me?

    Learners may also be interested in some of our other courses specifically designed for Health and Social Care professionals

    Entry Requirements

    There are no formal entry requirements for this course

    Fee Details 2

    Fee on Enquiry please contact Business@sparsholt.ac.uk or Tel. 0845 850 0916

    Please Note

    Due to funding restrictions this course is not available to existing full time Sparsholt College/Andover College students aged 16, 17 or 18 (or 19-24 with an EHCP) on the 31/8 in the year they started their course.

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    Andover College, SP10 1EJ


    09:00 - 16:00