This online Control and Administration of Medicines course is designed to provide learners with an understanding of the correct procedures to follow when prescribing and administering medicines, in both a social and domiciliary care environment. Delegates will learn how to keep records of each administration, as well as all incoming and outgoing medicines, so as to ensure that the risk of error is minimised. Within this course, you’ll also find the “Knowledge Set for Medication” course modules covered as defined by Skills for Care and Development in 2005. Upon successful completion, learners are required to be observed to competently administer a range of medication.
1. Controlling Medicines
This comprehensive programme of study covers the knowledge a manager or senior care worker needs to enable them to supervise or undertake the administration of medicines in their particular care establishment, and in accordance with current legal and organisational requirements.
The programme will focus primarily on the:
- Legislation relating to the control, handing and administration of medicines.
- Difference between policies and procedures and their importance in relation to medication processes.
- Roles, responsibilities and boundaries for practice of individuals in relation to the control, handling and administration of medicines.
- Types of medicines prescribed and their related routes of administration.
- Safe practices relating to the control, handling and administration of medicines.
In order to provide a rounded learning experience, we have added a few extra topics relating to the administration of medicines. These are not identified within the Skills for Care Knowledge Set and as such will not be formally assessed. They are optional components that are included for individuals who have an interest in the subjects and who may have clients with specific needs in relation to medication.
2. Managing Medicines
Before any medicine can be administered it must be prescribed, collected and logged into the care establishments' records and systems. This section will look at these processes and will explore the roles of the various members of the care team.
We will explore the:
- Prescribing, dispensing, obtaining and checking of medicines and the roles that various members of the care team play as well as the role of the care worker in a variety of care settings.
- Importance of seeking guidance and support where queries arise in relation to medicines and related doses. Importantly we will also identify appropriate sources for guidance and support.
- Need for confidentiality and the rules for disclosure of information relating to an individual's medication.
3. Types of Medicine
Medicines are taken for many different reasons such as to:
- Treat a condition - e.g. an antibiotic, to treat an infection.
- Control a condition - e.g. a medicine to lower blood pressure.
- Treat the symptoms of a condition - e.g. a painkiller for toothache.
- Prevent illness occurring - e.g. a vaccination against disease.
When it comes to administering medicines, the more knowledgeable the practitioner the safer (s)he will be. To help you gain the knowledge you will require to support your practice, this section will examine:
- The range and type of medicines that you will administer and their purpose and legal classification.
- The routes by which medicines are administered.
- The signs and symptoms of side effects and adverse reactions to medicines.
- The importance of checking for and understanding, the contra indications of and interactions between, various medicines.
4. Medicine Administration
In this section of the programme we will explore three key areas, namely the:
1. Importance of seeking consent and ensuring appropriate risk assessment prior to the administration of medicines; whether the medicines are administered by the service user themselves or a designated member of the care team.
2. Administration and control of the medicines, with specific focus on:
- Recording (including medicines administered or refused and administration errors).
3. Audit process to ensure safe and accurate:
- Storage and disposal of medicines
- Stock control.
- Describe the key legislation and guidance relating to the safe handling of medicines
- Identify how organisational policies and procedures ensure the safe handling of medicines
- For a range of care settings and both medical and non-medical care staff, outline the process for the prescribing, dispensing, obtaining and checking of medicines
- Outline the range of support and guidance available relating to medicines and explain the importance of confidentiality relating to disclosure about individuals medication
- Identify the types, purpose and classification of medicines commonly administered
- Explain the routes by which medicines may be administered, the related rules for administration and level of competence required
- Outline the importance of checking for, recognising and reporting effects that can occur as a result of an adverse reaction, a contraindication or an interaction between medicines
- Explain the need to gain consent and undertake risk assessment prior to the self or secondary administration of medicines
- Describe the importance of the preparation for and administration of medicines to ensure accuracy
- Identify the importance of accurate recording for the administration and refusal of medicines and administration errors
- Recognise the requirements to validate the accuracy of safe storage and recording for medicines and for their safe disposal
Who can take the course?
Anyone who has an interest in learning more about this subject matter is encouraged to take the course. There are no entry requirements.
What is the structure of the course?
The course is broken down into bite-sized modules. You're free to spend as much or as little time as you feel necessary on each section, simply log in and out of the course at your convenience.
Where / when can I study the course?
You can study the course any time you like. Simply log in and out of the web-based course as often as you require. The course is compatible with all computers and most tablet devices etc. so you can even study while on the move! As long as you have access to the internet, you should be able to study anywhere that's convenient.
Is there a test at the end of the course?
Once you have completed all the modules there is a multiple choice test. The questions will be on a range of topics found within the modules. The test, like the course, is online and can be taken at a time and location of your choosing.
What if I don't pass the test?
If you don’t pass the test first time then you will get further opportunities to take the test again after extra study. There are no limits to the number of times you can take the test. All test retakes are included within the price of the course.
When will I receive my certificate?
Once you have completed your test you can log in to your account and download/print your certificate any time you need it.
How long does it take to complete the course?
We estimate that the entire program is likely to take around 2-4 hours to work through initially, but you may want to allow more time to repeat some areas. You should allow an additional 30 minutes for the end of course test.
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