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Medicines knowledge: anticoagulants and other high-risk medicines

Course Overview

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.


Choose either a half-day face-to-face workshop or distance learning

Aimed at

All experience levels, from care support workers to registered nurses


  • Describe where to go for reliable medicines information
  • Identify which medicines carry an increased risk of serious adverse events in individuals you support (so called “higher-risk medicines”)
  • Describe changes to an individual that may indicate adverse events to medicines in this higher risk list and what action to take
  • Describe those medicines that can place a person at risk following an accident or incident

We will study the following medicines:

  • Anticlotting agents: anti-coagulants and anti-platelets
  • Cardiac (heart) drugs
  • Non-steroidal anti-infammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Anti-epileptic drugs
  • Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (including methotrexate)
  • Anxiolytic and sedative medicines

Other medicines can be included on request

Course mapping

CQC KLOE S4 (Proper and safe use of medicines)


(up to 16 people)

£600 + VAT