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Medication Administration Training – Foundation Workshop (Community Settings)

Course overview

Our Foundation Course in Medicines Administration for Community Settings (Home Care, Reablement or Supported Living) covers the Skills for Care core/mandatory training requirements for medicines management and administration. Suitable for both care support workers and nurses, it teaches medicines administration as a step-by-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. This course has been shown to reduce errors by 36% in a study by Hampshire County Council.

Aimed at

Care support workers and nurses (both new and experienced staff) working in community settings such as home care, reablement, or supported living.

Format and duration

Available as a half-day practical workshop (see morning content below) or extend this into a full-day practical workshop (add on the afternoon content below). All learners also receive a comprehensive workbook on both the half- or full-day practical workshop (see workbook content below).


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 price

Half day: £600

Full day: £845

+ trainer expenses (click here for details). Note, these are the total course prices to which VAT applies.

Course content

Practical workshop content - morning (click to expand)

  • The main cause of medication errors
  • An overview of how to give medicines systematically (to avoid errors)
  • Examples of medicines paperwork available from us (care plans, PRN protocols, body maps etc.)
  • The checks needed on the medicines chart (video demonstration)
  • Administering from MDS (blister pack activities)
  • Recording on medicines charts (examples and practical exercises)
  • Initial simulated medicines round no. 1
  • An introduction to the 7-point medicines cross check
  • 7 point check – group activity
  • Mid-point simulated medicines round no. 2
  • Individual teaching if required
  • Final simulated medicines round no. 3

Practical workshop content - afternoon (click to expand)

  • Administering oral liquids
  • Which measuring device is best (practical activity)
  • Measuring and administering using oral syringes
  • Assessed activity
  • Administering topical medicines to the skin
  • Demonstration and group activity
  • Administering inhalers
  • Demonstration and group activity
  • Administer eye drops
  • Demonstration and group activity

Workbook content (click to expand)

All learners receive a comprehensive 32-page workbook providing the following knowledge:


  • Administering medicines in a systematic way to avoid errors
  • Infection control issues/when are gloves needed?
  • Preparation of equipment and a drink
  • Medicines paperwork (care plans, PRN protocols, body maps etc.)
  • Checking the client’s identity
  • Pain assessment scales
  • The checks needed on the medicines chart
  • Breakdown of a pharmacy label
  • Expiry and period after opening dates
  • Checking original packs: the 7-point medicines cross check
  • Checking MDS (blister) packs
  • Cautionary and advisory labels
  • ‘Pop and dot’ and preparing for administration
  • Administering in a person-centred way
  • Consent
  • Coding the medicines administration record
  • Crushing or spiting tablets
  • Administering oral liquids
  • Applying topical medication to the skin
  • Administering inhalers
  • Administering eye drops
  • When medicines are declined
  • Covert administration of medicines
  • Safe storage of medicines
  • Information about medicines

Also available as

Online Training

An online course