Following the course the participants will be aware of:
Legislation and medication:
* Be aware of the legislation and guidance that controls the prescribing, dispensing, administration,
storage and disposal of medicines.
* Understand the legal framework, and how the organisation’s policies and procedures reflect these,
for safe handling of medicines (prescribing, dispensing, administration)
Roles, responsibilities and boundaries:
* 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
(prescribing, dispensing, administration, storage and disposal) in various care contexts.
* Understand the need to seek guidance and support (and from where) about the medicine and dosage prescribed
for a particular individual.
* Understand the need for confidentiality, when and to whom information about an individual’s medication may
be disclosed or discussed.
Types of medicine and routes:
* Understand the importance of some types of medication prescribed and administration 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 an individual following administration of a
medicine and the need to check contraindications and medicine interactions prior to administration of all medicines.
Safe practice in the administration of medicine:
* Understand the need to obtain the individual’s consent and where applicable privacy, prior to administering medicines.
* 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 and method.
* Understand the need to correctly record.
* Understand the need to report and seek advice.
* 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* Understand the need for the prompt and safe disposal of unwanted or out-of-date medicines.