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Online Foundation Course in Medicines Administration – Mixed Settings

Course Overview

This more concise version of our Foundation Course in Medicines Administration is suitable for staff from a mix of community, day services, and care homes. It covers CQC and Skills for Care core/mandatory training requirements for medicines administration and management. The course is accredited by Skills for Care. 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. There are 7 modules in total. 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 mixed settings: care homes, community and day services


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

Skills for care

Course content (click to expand)

  • 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
  • Crushing or spiting tablets
  • Administering oral liquids
  • Applying topical medication to the skin
  • Administering inhalers
  • Administering eye drops
  • When medicines are declined
  • Covert administration of medicines
  • Safe storage of medicines
  • Information about medicines

Online Foundation Course in Medicines Administration – Mixed Settings


(excluding VAT)

Per personPrice (excluding VAT)
2 to 9£35.00
10 to 24£32.00
25 to 49£29.00
50 to 74£26.00