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  • Be aware of the legislation and guidance that controls the prescribing, dispensing, administration, storage and disposal of medicines

  • Understand the legal framework laid out in the Royal Pharmaceutical societies handbook on the administration of medicines , and how the organisation’s policies and procedures reflect these, for safe handling of medicines

  • Understand the process by which medicines are prescribed, dispensed and obtained by the individual and the worker’s role in this process

  • Understand the roles and boundaries of all workers with regard to the safe handling of medicines

  • Understand the need to check that the medicine received matches the medication and dosage prescribed by the prescriber and is listed on the appropriate documentation

  • Understand the need to seek guidance and support (and from where) about the medicine and dosage prescribed for any particular individual

  • Understand the need for confidentiality, when and to whom information about an individual’s medication may be disclosed or discussed

  • Understand the importance of the types of medication prescribed and administered to individuals

  • Understand the classification of medication

  • Understand the different routes by which medicines are administered and by whom

  • Understand the importance of noting and reporting any changes to individuals following administration of medicine

  • Understand the need to check contra-indications and medicine interactions prior to administration of home remedies or over-the-counter medicines, and complementary medicines and preparations

  • Understand the need to obtain the individual’s consent. They have a right to refuse medication, you must inform the office immediately.

  • Understand the need to carry out a risk assessment for each individual requiring medication

  • Understand the need for appropriate preparation prior to administering medicines

  • Understand the need to ensure that the correct dose, of the correct medication, is given to the correct person at the correct time by the correct route or method

  • Understand the need to report and seek advice understand the need for accurate record-keeping, including filling in and signing the MAR sheet

  • Understand the requirements for careful and planned audits of medicine stock and its storage in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and organisational policies

  • Understand the need for the prompt and safe disposal of unwanted or out-of-date medicines

  • Understand the necessity of following the guidelines of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Handling of Medications handbook

Who is the course aimed at?


All care staff


Cost and Duration:


3 Hours £25.00 Per person or £210.00 per course

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