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Medication Administration Training – Foundation Workshop (Mixed Settings) In Depth Version

Course Overview

This is a more in depth version of our Foundation Course in Medicines Administration for staff from a mix of community, day services, and care homes. This is often the case when councils commission courses. Learners receive a more comprehensive workbook: 16 modules (122 pages) vs 7 modules (32 pages), and are also registered for an online module to tests their knowledge from the studying book. This version is accredited by the Royal College of Nursing plus Skills for Care. It is suitable for nurses, but also care staff who require a more in depth foundation course. Practical workshop content is the same: teaching how to administer medicines in a systematic way against our competence checklist (refined on an ongoing basis from research into why medication errors occur) thereby reducing medication errors (by 36% in a study by Hampshire County Council).

Aimed at

Care support workers and nurses (both new and experienced staff) from a mix of community settings, day services and care homes.

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 and
  • The Royal College of Nursing

Course price

Full day: £995

+ trainer expenses (click here for details). Note that this is the total course price to which VAT applies.

Course content

Full day practical workshop content (click to expand)

Morning content:

  • 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

Afternoon content:

  • 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)

  • Understand the rules around how you manage medicines
  • Care planning: establishing what support a person needs with their medicines
  • Self-administration of medicines
  • Ordering and receiving medication
  • Safe storage of medication
  • Disposing of medication
  • Record keeping with medicines
  • Verbal orders/remote prescribing
  • The timing of medicines
  • 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
  • Administering controlled drugs
  • When medicines are declined
  • Covert administration of medicines
  • Information about medicines and side effects
  • Drug interactions and non-prescribed medicines
  • Administering solid oral medicines
  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Giving medicines around food
  • Crushing or splitting tablets
  • Lozenges, pastilles, buccal tablets and oral sprays
  • Administering oral liquids
  • Applying topical medication to the skin
  • Applying topical patches
  • Administering inhalers
  • Administering eye drops
  • Administering ear drops
  • Administering nose drops

Also available as

Online Training

An online course