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Online Medication Training

Our online courses save your progress as you go, so don’t need to taken in one sitting. Courses contain a mix of text, pictures and video, and allow more assessment than our face-to-face or virtual courses. Many courses contain Virtual Medicines Rounds (VMRs) requiring you to identify errors (e.g. incorrect medicines, doses, client names, expiry dates, incorrect administration technique, incorrect entries in the CD register etc). Managers can login to see how learners are progressing (even seeing which questions they have got right or wrong). Certificates are stored safely on our system for download whenever needed.

INTRODUCTORY COURSES

Courses for care support workers who are starting their journey to administering medicines.

Foundation Course for Medicines Witnesses - online

CQC require a second trained person to provide a second check/act as a witness when: handling controlled drugs, amending medicines administration records. Some organisations also have a second person to receive medicines (although not a strict CQC requirement). This online course provides the training needed to achieve this.

Applying creams and other topical items to the skin

This course teaches how to administer medicated and non-medicated topicals items to the skin (creams, ointments, gels, lotions and barrier creams). For some, when learning to administer medicines, administering topicals is one of the first things they do. Hence this course assumes no prior experience administering medicines.

FOUNDATION COURSES

Medicines Administration Workshops covering the requirements of the Care Quality Commission and Care Certificate. Suitable for all levels (from new carers to experienced nurses). These online workshops teach how to administer medicines in a systematic way using a step-by-step process. They include video demonstrations showing how to administer the common dosage forms.

CARE HOMES

FOUNDATION COURSE IN MEDICINES ADMINISTRATION - CARE HOMES - EXPRESS VERSION

This Foundation Course in Medicines Administration covers CQC and Skills for Care core/mandatory training requirements for medicines administration and management. It teaches how to administer medicines in a systematic way against our competence checklist that is continually refined, from years of research into why medication errors occur, thereby reducing the risk of errors made through complacency. It is based on our face-to-face workshop that has been shown to reduce medication errors by 36% in a study by Hampshire County Council. This express version takes around 3 hours to complete. We also have a more comprehensive that includes our Virtual Medicines Round (VMR). Tailor the workshop by selecting the type of medicines administration record (MAR) that you use, and if you use MDS blister packs).

FOUNDATION COURSE IN MEDICINES ADMINISTRATION - CARE HOMES - COMPREHENSIVE VERSION (+VIRTUAL MEDICINES ROUND)

Taking around 2 hours longer than our express version, this Foundation Course has more comprehensive assessments (with our Virtual Medicines Round). The course covers CQC and Skills for Care core/mandatory training requirements for medicines administration and management. It teaches how to administer medicines in a systematic way against our competence checklist that is continually refined, from years of research into why medication errors occur, thereby reducing the risk of errors made through complacency. It is based on our face-to-face workshop that has been shown to reduce medication errors by 36% in a study by Hampshire County Council.

COMMUNITY SETTINGS

FOUNDATION COURSE IN MEDICINES ADMINISTRATION - COMMUNITY SETTINGS - EXPRESS VERSION

This Foundation Course in Medicines Administration covers CQC and Skills for Care core/mandatory training requirements for medicines administration and management. It teaches how to administer medicines in a systematic way against our competence checklist that is continually refined, from years of research into why medication errors occur, thereby reducing the risk of errors made through complacency. It is based on our face-to-face workshop that has been shown to reduce medication errors by 36% in a study by Hampshire County Council. This express version takes around 3 hours to complete. We also have a more comprehensive that includes our Virtual Medicines Round (VMR). Tailor the workshop by selecting the type of medicines administration record (MAR) that you use, and if you use MDS blister packs).

FOUNDATION COURSE IN MEDICINES ADMINISTRATION - COMMUNITY SETTINGS - COMPREHENSIVE VERSION (+VIRTUAL MEDICINES ROUND)

This is a more in depth version of our Foundation Course in Medicines Administration. It takes about 2 hours longer than our express version. The course covers CQC and Skills for Care core/mandatory training requirements for medicines administration and management. It teaches how to administer medicines in a systematic way against our competence checklist that is continually refined, from years of research into why medication errors occur, thereby reducing the risk of errors made through complacency. It is based on our face-to-face workshop that has been shown to reduce medication errors by 36% in a study by Hampshire County Council.

MIXED SETTINGS

FOUNDATION COURSE IN MEDICINES ADMINISTRATION - MIXED SETTINGS - EXPRESS VERSION

This Foundation Course in Medicines Administration covers CQC and Skills for Care core/mandatory training requirements for medicines administration and management. It teaches how to administer medicines in a systematic way against our competence checklist that is continually refined, from years of research into why medication errors occur, thereby reducing the risk of errors made through complacency. It is based on our face-to-face workshop that has been shown to reduce medication errors by 36% in a study by Hampshire County Council. This express version takes around 3 hours to complete. We also have a more comprehensive that includes our Virtual Medicines Round (VMR). Tailor the workshop by selecting the type of medicines administration record (MAR) that you use, and if you use MDS blister packs).

FOUNDATION COURSE IN MEDICINES ADMINISTRATION - MIXED SETTINGS - COMPREHENSIVE VERSION (+VIRTUAL MEDICINES ROUND)

This is a more in depth version of our Foundation Course in Medicines Administration. It takes about 2 hours longer than our express version. The course covers CQC and Skills for Care core/mandatory training requirements for medicines administration and management. It teaches how to administer medicines in a systematic way against our competence checklist that is continually refined, from years of research into why medication errors occur, thereby reducing the risk of errors made through complacency. It is based on our face-to-face workshop that has been shown to reduce medication errors by 36% in a study by Hampshire County Council.

PERSONAL ASSISTANTS

FOUNDATION COURSE IN MEDICINES ADMINISTRATION - PERSONAL ASSISTANTS - ONLINE

This version of our Foundation Practical Workshop is specific for personal assistants. It provides the skills and knowledge to administer medicines in line with national best practice. It also comes with a selection of forms that you can download and use to manage medicines such as: medicines charts, a medicines support assessment, a when required protocol, a confirmation of advice to administer a non-prescribed medicine form, and a medicines disposal form.

SHARED LIVES

FOUNDATION COURSE IN MEDICINES ADMINISTRATION - SHARED LIVES - ONLINE

This version of our Foundation Course in Medicines Administration is specific to Shared Lives Carers. It teaches how to support with and (if necessary) administer medicines to the person you care for. It also comes with a suite of forms and medicines charts specific to shared lives. The training is up to date with the very latest NICE guidelines for community settings. We are experts in providing medication training to Shared Lives Schemes having many years experience working with several national schemes.

REFRESHER COURSES AND COMPETENCE ASSESSMENTS

In line with CQC and NICE requirements, our refresher courses: update any changes to best practice, re-test knowledge and competence with a new Virtual Medicines Round and test skills at administering medicines with video-based skills tests.

THE VIRTUAL MEDICINES ROUND – ONLINE COMPETENCE ASSESSMENT

The Virtual Medicines Round is an online competence assessment testing a learner’s skills at checking the 6 rights of medicines administration. The learner is presented with a number of medicines and their charts. Many of the medicines contain mistakes. The learner must correctly state if they’ll administer the medicine, or if not, what’s wrong with it. This works well as a robust competence assessment for both new and existing staff.

REFRESHER COURSE IN MEDICINES ADMINISTRATION + COMPETENCE ASSESSMENT - ALL SETTINGS - ONLINE

This refresher course in medicines administration satisfies the requirements from CQC for an annual update of the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to administer medicines (as required by NICE). The course provides any updates to best practice since you took your foundation course, and tests that the skills learnt on the foundation course have been retained. It also includes a competence assessment.

REFRESHER COURSE IN MEDICINES ADMINISTRATION - SHARED LIVES - ONLINE

This refresher course in medicines administration satisfies the requirements from CQC for an annual update of the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to administer medicines (as required by NICE). The course provides any updates to best practice since you took your foundation course, and tests that the skills learnt on the foundation course have been retained. It also includes a competence assessment.

INTERMEDIATE COURSES

Courses for those wishing to build on the knowledge gained in our foundation workshops

Applying medicated and non-medicated topicals to the skin

This course teaches how to administer medicated and non-medicated topicals items to the skin (creams, ointments, gels, lotions and barrier creams). For some, when learning to administer medicines, administering topicals is one of the first things they do. Hence this course assumes no prior experience administering medicines.

Medicines Knowledge: Anticoagulants and Other High-Risk Medicines - Online

CQC expect you to have a certain level of knowledge about the medicines you administer. As a starting point, you need to know where to go for reliable medicines information. In addition, you should also know about those medicines which carry a higher-risk to those you support. The course will get you familiar with these so called “higher risk” medicines: what problems to lookout for, how to monitor these medicines and what to do if things go wrong.

Administering and Managing Controlled Drugs

There is often a lack of formal training around controlled drugs, with myths adding to poor practice. This is compounded by the fact that most controlled drugs registers are designed for hospitals and pharmacies and therefore not suited for use by care homes. This online course will teach you how to manage and administer controlled drugs in line with legal requirements and national best practice (Controlled drugs: safe use and management, NICE guideline [NG46] April 2016).

We have also designed a new CD register, field tested with two national care organisations, that we can train staff to use on this course.

ADVANCED COURSES

Courses aimed at managers and seniors that look at the process by which medicines are managed.

Assessing Staff Competence to Administer Medicines

The online version of this medicines assessor training course will provide you with the skills, knowledge and tools (assessment checklists) to assess the competence of your staff to administer medicines. It consists of a foundation course, the virtual medicines round assessment, two live webinars, and a final online assessment.