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Foundation Course for Medicines Witnesses

Course Overview

There are certain times when handling medicines in a care home, that CQC require a second person to provide a second check/act as a witness, namely:

  • When handling controlled drugs
  • When amending medicines administration records (MARs)
  • Some organisations also have a second person there to receive medicines (although this isn’t a strict CQC requirement).

CQC require this second person (the witness) to be trained in these tasks, be clear on their role, and confident enough to challenge any mistakes they see. This online course provides the training needed to achieve this.

Aimed at

Care support workers and registered nurses in care homes who act as a witness.



Approx 3-4 hours

Course Mapping

CQC KLOE S4 (Proper and safe use of medicines)

Course Content (Click to expand)

Learning outcomes:

  • Your role as a witness: the importance of challenging errors
  • What are MAR charts (paper and electronic)?
  • How to add medicines to MAR charts
  • How to amend medicines on MAR charts
  • How to stop medicines on MAR charts
  • Receiving medicines: how to check medicines received are correct
  • Receiving medicines: how to book medicines onto the MAR
  • Why are some medicines classified as CDs?
  • Which medicines are treated as CDs?
  • What are the extra controls that apply to CDs?
  • Witnessing the receipt of CDs
  • Recording the receipt of CDs
  • Witnessing the administration of CDs
  • Recording the administration of controlled drugs
  • Witnessing the disposal of CDs
  • Balance checking CDs

Online Foundation Course for Medicines Witnesses


(excluding VAT)

No. of peoplePrice per person (excluding vat)
2 to 9£35.50
10 to 24£32.50
25 to 49£29.50
50 to 74£26.50