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Online Foundation Course in Medicines Administration – Mixed Settings (in Depth Version)

Course Overview

This is a more in depth version of our Foundation Course in Medicines Administration suitable for staff working in a mix of settings: community, day services and care homes. This is often the case when councils commission a course. This version 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.

Aimed at

Nurses (and care support workers requiring a more in depth course) working in community settings such as home care, supported living, reablement. Note we have separate Foundation Courses for Shared lives (click here) and Personal Assistants (click here).


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

  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Skills for Care

COURSE 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

Online Foundation Course in Medicines Administration – Mixed Settings (in Depth Version)


(excluding VAT)

Per personPrice (excluding VAT)
2 to 9£40.00
10 to 24£37.00
25 to 49£34.00
50 to 74£31.00