Today’s medicines are powerful compounds that control disease, ease discomfort and prolong life for millions of people and are generally beneficial. Unfortunately no medicine is without side effects and some are worse than others. Side effects are not the only potential problem with medicines; sometimes people take medicines when they do not need them or use them in the wrong way or even take someone else’s medicines. Usually these things happen by accident or because of misunderstanding. Often the consequences are mild but sometimes they can be severe or even life-threatening. In any situation where care-workers are responsible for the looking after and giving of medicines to other people, be they young or old, healthy or sick, it is important to follow a set of general principles to ensure that this is done safely.

A study of care homes indicated that an incredible 70% of residents in the care home in the study were subject to drug errors. It is estimated that over 40,000 errors occur with the NHS as a whole, some of these related to drug errors regarding the supply to care homes as well as individuals cared for in the community. On top of this are the errors that occur outside of the NHS made by care homes, relatives and carers in the community. If issues can exist in these types of institution they can happen in other e.g. schools and academies.

Lack of communication is thought to be a large contributor to many drug errors.

Course Length

The Medication Awareness Training Course will run for approximately 6 hours (1 Day).

This Medication Awareness Training Course is not just an attend course, students are required to take part in practical and theoretical work to successfully complete the course.

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide professional guidance for people in every aspect of social care who are involved in handling medicines. The legislation that social care providers must comply with differences in England, Wales and Scotland. It is not possible to describe every situation that may arise and to give hard and fast rules. The course syllabus and skills, Innovative scenarios and practical exercises help delegates to learn and understand the basic reasons for the medical awareness training.

Course Syllabus

  • Legislation
  • Internal controls.
  • Why do people take medication?
  • What is medicine? & side effects
  • Storage of drugs & Disposal of drugs
  • Different types of Medication & taking Tablets/Capsules
  • Drug errors
  • General Guidelines of medication administration
  • Oxygen
  • The 7 “R”s of medication Administration

All students will be issued a certificate on successful completion of the Medication Awareness Training Course.

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