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Online Foundation Course in Medicines Administration (for Nurses) – Care Homes + Virtual Medicines Round

Two courses as a bundle

Our Online Foundation Course in Medicines Administration provides the knowledge required to administer medicines in a safe and systematic way. This course comes with a robust theory assessment. By combining this with our Virtual Medicines Round Online Competence Assessment, you will also then assess the skills required to safely select the correct medicines according to the 6-rights of medicines administration.

Receive a 25% discount on the Virtual Medicines Round online course when choosing this bundle.

Course Overview

This version of our Foundation Course in Medicines Administration for Care Homes is accredited by the Royal College of Nursing and Skills for Care. It is suitable for nurses, but can also be taken by care staff who require a more in depth foundation course. It teaches how to administer medicines in a systematic way against our competence checklist that has been refined on an ongoing basis from our 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. There are 16 modules in total.

The Virtual Medicines Round online module assesses a person’s competence at checking the five rights of medicines administration. It satisfies requirements from the CQC and NICE for an annual update of the knowledge skills and competencies needed to administer medication. The learner is presented with a number of medicines and their corresponding medicines administration record (MAR) entries. The learner must state whether they would administer the medicine or if not, what is wrong with it.

Aimed at

Foundation Course in Medicines Administration – Nurses (and care support workers requiring a more in depth course) working in care homes

Virtual Medicines Round – Registered nurses and care support workers (both new and those requiring a refresher)


One year (in line with CQC/NICE recommendations)

Course Mapping

Foundation Course in Medicines Administration (for Nurses) – Care Homes

  • 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


Virtual Medicines Round

  • NICE – Management of Medicines in Care Homes, March 2014
  • NICE – Management of Medicines in Community Settings, March 2017
  • Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014: Regulation 12

Accredited with

  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Skills for Care


  • 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



The Virtual Medicines Round tests a learner’s competence to select the correct medicine.
We present them with a number of different medicines and the corresponding medicines chart.
The systems asks them if they would administer this item?
Some of the medicines are correct to administer, some are not.
The medicines that are not have mistakes such as:

  • The wrong client name, wrong strength, wrong form
  • The wrong drug, the wrong directions
  • Medicines that aren’t due yet
  • Medicines that have gone past their once opened or manufacturer’s expiry date
  • Medicines where the client has already finished the course

Online Foundation Course in Medicines Administration – Care Homes (in Depth Version) + Virtual Medicines Round


(excluding VAT)

Per personFoundation courseVirtual medicine round (VMR)Foundation course + VMR (25% off VMR)
1£42.50£27.50£70.00 £63.00
2 to 9£40.00£26.50£66.50 £61.50
10 to 24£37.00£25.00£62.00 £55.75
25 to 49£34.00£24.00£58.00 £52.00
50 to 74£31.00£23.00£54.00 £48.25
75+£28.00£22.00£50.00 £44.50