Managing and Safe Handling of Medicines in Community Settings

Managing and Safe Handling of Medicines in Community Settings

Comprehensive information about medication handling and administration for healthcare assistants

This Managing and Safe Handling of Medicines programme has been written for those healthcare assistants who work in community settings, such as care homes, nursing homes and in domiciliary (home) care settings. It has been divided into 3 broad stages that will deal primarily with the following:

  • An Introduction to Medicines in Healthcare Settings
  • Receiving, Storing and Disposing of Medicines in Healthcare Settings
  • Administering Medicines in Healthcare Settings

In the first stages, you will look at what medicines are and understand the different categories, types, and forms of medicines. You will also learn about the benefits and risks associated with medicines in your work setting and the legal roles and responsibilities of all those involved in supporting individuals with their medication.

In the next stages, you will look at the different sources from which medicines may be received in care settings (for example, prescriptions from the pharmacy), the importance of effective communication when receiving medicines and organisational policy and record keeping.

In the final stages you will cover legislation, guidelines and organisational policies for the administration of medicines. From these you will learn how to prepare to administer medicines, correct procedures and how to report and record the administration of medicines at work. In addition, your role as an employee will be considered to ensure that you work at all times within the constraints of health, safety, security and confidentiality. It will also ensure that you implement safe working practices when administering and assisting in the administration of medicines.

What our users say ...

  • Georgina Kerr said:

    "I found the course very good. It was well set out and easy to follow. i liked the light bulb facts!"

  • Claire Cowsill said:

    "A good informative course covering all the main principles of child protection, with a comprehensive assessment at the end covering all the important points covered in the course"

  • Jeannette Willmer said:

    "This course was very well put , gained a lot of knowledge which i will use in my job. very interesting."

  • Daniel Martyn said:

    "I thought that was pretty good. I will recommend it to other people .

    Dr D Martyn"

  • Dorothy Smith said:

    "Very helpful and informative especially regarding contact information if I need to refer to it in the future."

  • Folasayo Agoro said:

    "very educating"

  • Lamia Kawalit said:

    "This is a great and flexible form of learning. It is user friendly and extremely practical when time factor is an issue."

  • Dianne Ouattara said:

    "I enjoyed this course, it gave me a lot of knowledge regarding the safe handling of food.

    I can't wait to receive the certificate.
    Many thanks.
    "

  • CLAUDIA ASSUNCAO said:

    "I really enjoyed the e-course. Very easy to understand. Concise and straight to the point. I feel more confident now to perform my duties as a HCA. I am pleased with the knowledge I have now, and it will help me to work with more confidence. 
    Thank You!! "

  • anna bol said:

    "It was good and quick"

  • penelope wright said:

    "Very informative and useful course to update awareness of health &safety legislature and awareness of all risks  in the workplace."

  • hazel sinfield said:

    "

    In contrast to classes attended regarding child protection, this e-learning course was more in-depth, accessible, and compulsory engagement required due to test . Attended classes can have a passive attendance quality as there is no test, so that you can see people passing the time on their mobile phones!!

    The e-learning course - the flow chart was useful for people like me (A&E junior nurse) as well as the case study. This will influence my practice.

    "

  • Lynnette Harwood said:

    "I thought the course was very in depth and I learned lots from it. I have more courses to do and believe they will be great as it really opens your eyes to being taught very well. I have enjoyed the course and its content thank you."

  • Lindani Evans Ndlovu said:

    "Suitable for my busy lifestyle "

  • Rojy Simon said:

    "very informative topic"

  • JACKLINE SHIHEMI said:

    "this is a very good educative course with a lot of great material to put into use....found it very informative and straightfoward...thankyou"

  • Claire Daly said:

    "Really easy to follow and understand thank you "

  • Juliette Johnson said:

    "A lot of up-to-date information has been provided in this section that has been very useful. Many thanks."

  • JAYNE THOMSON said:

    "Comprehensive and easy to use."

  • Dorothy Smith said:

    "Very helpful and informative especially regarding contact information if I need to refer to it in the future."

    
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