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Online Foundation Course in Medicines Administration – Community Settings

Course overview

Our Foundation Course in Medicines Administration is available as an online module. It teaches medicines administration as a 12-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. You can also combine this with our latest Virtual Medicines Round module that tests a person’s competence at selecting the correct medicine.

Aimed at

Nurses and care staff working in all settings (both new and experienced staff)

Endorsement
/accreditation

Skills for Care

Duration

Approximately 3 hours

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

COURSE CONTENT (Click to expand)

  • Start with clean hands
  • Prepare equipment and a drink
  • Check care plans and the person’s identity
  • ‘Start with the chart’ – paper and electronic MAR charts
  • Checking MDS blister packs
  • Checking the original packs – the 7 point medicines cross check
  • Breakdown of a pharmacy label
  • Expiry and period after opening dates
  • Crushing or spiting tablets
  • Cautionary and advisory labels
  • ‘Pop and dot’
  • Check you’ve prepared the correct number of medicines
  • Administering medicines in a person-centred way with appropriate consent
  • Stay with/support them to ensure they take it
  • Recording medicines taken/refused on the MAR
  • Administering oral liquids
  • Applying topical medication
  • Administering inhalers
  • Administering eye drops
  • When medicines are declined
  • Safe storage of medicines
  • Information about medicines