Safe Handling of Medication 2021

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Course Description: 

 1     Understanding the rules around how you manage medications   

  • Identify legislation that governs the use of medication in social care settings
  • Outline the legal classification system for medication
  • Explain how and why policies and procedures or agreed ways of working must reflect and incorporate legislative requirements.
  • Explain the importance of following principles in the administration of medication: Confidentiality
  • Levels of support with medication

2     Care Planning     

  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of those in prescribing, dispensing and supporting the use of medication
  • Describe the different routes by which a medication can be administered
  • Describe the different forms in which medication may be administered
  • Explain the importance of the following principles in the use of medication – consent, self-medication or active participation, dignity and privacy
  • Explain how risk assessment can be used to promote an individual’s independence managing medication
  • Describe how ethical issues that may arise over the use of medication can be addressed
  • Demonstrate how to support an individual to use medication in ways that promote hygiene, safety, dignity and active participation
  • Demonstrate how to address any practical difficulties that may arise when medication is used
  • Demonstrate how and when to access further information or support about the use of medication
  • Demonstrate how to report on the use of (and problems associated with) medication in line with agreed ways of working

3. Ordering and receiving medicines.  

  • Describe the roles and responsibilities for those involved in prescribing, dispensing and supporting the use of medication.
  • Demonstrate how to receive supplies of medication in line with agreed ways of working.

4. Safe Storage of Medication   

  • Describe materials and equipment that can safely assist when administering medication.
  • Demonstrate how to store medicines safely.

5. Disposing of Medication 

  • Describe how to dispose of unused or unwanted medication.

6. Administering Medication – Safe working practice 

  • Describe different forms of medication.
  • Demonstrate how to support an individual to use medicine in ways that promote hygiene, safety, dignity and active participation.
  • Demonstrate strategies to ensure that medication is used or administered correctly.

7. Administering Medication – Record Keeping

  • Demonstrate how to access information about an individual’s medication.
  • Demonstrate strategies to ensure medication is used or administered correctly.
  • Demonstrate how and when to access further information or support about the use of medication.
  • Demonstrate how to record the use of medication and any changes in an individual associated with it.

8. Controlled drugs              

  • Identify legislation that governs the use of medication in social care settings.
  • Identify common types of medication.
  • Demonstrate how to receive supplies of medication in line with agreed ways of working.
  • Demonstrate how to store medicines safely.
  • Demonstrate how to dispose of unused or unwanted medication safely.

9. When people decline their medication      

  • Describe how ethical issues that may arise over the use of medication and how it can be addressed.
  • Demonstrate strategies to ensure that medication is used or administered correctly.
  • Demonstrate how to address any practical difficulties that may arise when medication is used.

10. Side effects and adverse reactions of Medication.

  • Describe changes to an individual’s physical or mental well-being that may indicate and adverse reaction to medication
  • Demonstrate how to access information about an individual’s medication.
  • Demonstrate strategies to ensure that medication is used or administered correctly.
  • Demonstrate how and when to access further information or support in the use of medication.
  • Demonstrate how to record the sue of medication and any changes in an individual associated with it.

11. Drug interactions and non-prescribed medications.

  • Describe common types of medication.
  • Explain where responsibilities lie relating to ‘homely remedies’ and supplements.
  • Demonstrate strategies to ensure that medication is used or administered correctly.

12.Administering solid oral medication   

  • Identify common types of medication
  • List conditions for which each type if medication may be prescribed.
  • Describe the routes by which medication can be administered.
  • Describe different forms in which medication can be administered.
  • Describe materials and equipment that can assist in administering medication.
  • Demonstrate how to address any practical difficulties that may arise when medication is used.

13 Administering liquid oral medication  

  • Identify common types of medication.
  • List conditions for which each type of medication may be prescribed.
  • Describe the routes by which medication can be administered.
  • Describe different forms in which medication may be presented.
  • Describe materials and equipment that can assist in administering medication.
  • Demonstrate strategies to ensure that medication is used or administered correctly.
  • Demonstrate how to address any practical difficulties that may arise when medication is used. 

14 Applying topical medication      

  • Identify common types of medication.
  • List conditions for which each type of medication may be prescribed.
  • Describe the routes by which medication can be administered.
  • Describe different forms in which medication may be presented.
  • Describe materials and equipment that can assist in administering medication.
  • Demonstrate strategies to ensure that medication is used or administered correctly.
  • Demonstrate how to address any practical difficulties that may arise when medication is used.

15 Administering inhaled medicines.    

  • Identify common types of medication.
  • List conditions for which each type of medication may be prescribed.
  • Describe the routes by which medication can be administered.
  • Describe different forms in which medication may be presented.
  • Describe materials and equipment that can assist in administering medication.
  • Demonstrate strategies to ensure that medication is used or administered 6
  • Demonstrate how to address any practical difficulties that may arise when medication is used.

16 Administering Medication to eyes, ears and nose.

  • Identify common types of medication.
  • List conditions for which each type of medication may be prescribed.
  • Describe the routes by which medication can be administered.
  • Describe different forms in which medication may be presented.
  • Describe materials and equipment that can assist in administering medication.
  • Demonstrate strategies to ensure that medication is used or administered correctly.
  • Demonstrate how to address any practical difficulties that may arise when medication is used.

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