Medication Administration

Industry-backed eLearning
Medication administration online course
Medication Administration
Suitable for Senior Care Assistant, Team Leader / Supervisor, Nurse, Care Assistant
20-30 minutes
Free (ex. VAT)
Certificate £2.99 (ex. VAT)
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Learning outcomes
  • [LO1] Identify the legal and regulatory frameworks governing the safe administration of medication in care settings in the UK.
  • [LO2] Outline different types of medications commonly prescribed in care homes and their specific purposes.
  • [LO3] Identify the potential risks and adverse effects of medications commonly administered in care homes, including possible drug interactions and side effects.
  • [LO4] List the different ways medicines can be administered, such as oral, topical, inhalation, and eye/ear drops, ensuring resident safety and comfort.
  • [LO5] Explain the effective communication skills needed when interacting with residents, their families, and healthcare professionals regarding medication administration, including obtaining informed consent and providing necessary information.
  • [LO6] List the responsibilities of the care professional when giving medications, including the use of paper based systems and eMAR
  • [LO7] Recognise the importance of maintaining the confidentiality and security of resident medication information when using eMAR systems, and adhere to relevant legal and ethical standards.
  • [LO8] Explain the importance of accurate medication records and documentation, including the proper recording of medication administration and any associated observations or concerns.
  • [LO9] Identify and respond appropriately to medication errors or adverse reactions, following established protocols for reporting incidents and seeking appropriate medical attention if necessary.
  • [LO10] Recognise and implement best practices for medication storage, handling, and disposal, ensuring compliance with relevant safety guidelines and protocols.
  • [LO11] Explain the use of covert, PRN and time-critical medication administration.
  • [LO12] Explain administering medication through enteral tubes, including the different types of enteral tubes.
  • About this course

    Welcome to the Florence Medication Administration course. This course is designed to provide you with the essential knowledge required for the safe and effective administration of medication in care settings in the UK.

    This course focusses on safe practices related to medication administration, the legislation governing good practices, common medications administered, and what actions to take in case of an adverse incident.

    This course is CPD accredited, aligns with the relevant NICE guidelines, and meets the Skills for Care requirement for training in managing medication.

    Course curriculum
    Chapter 1 : What is medication administration?
    Chapter 2 : What are the 6 Rights of medication administration?
    Chapter 3 : How to store medicines
    Chapter 4 : How to handle medications
    Chapter 5 : What are the routes of administration?
    Chapter 6 : How to prevent medication errors
    Chapter 7 : What are Adverse Drug Reactions (ADR) and drug interactions?
    Chapter 8 : Effective communication around medication
    Chapter 9 : Encouraging adherence
    Chapter 10 : Examples of common medication in care
    Chapter 11 : Documentation and record keeping (eMAR)
    Chapter 12 : What is transcribing?
    Chapter 13 : What is covert administration?
    Chapter 14 : What is time-critical (TC) medication?
    Chapter 15 : What is PRN medication?
    Chapter 16 : Summary
    Chapter 17 : Review and reflect
    Chapter 18 : What to expect from the assessment
    Chapter 19 : References
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    Will any care home accept my certificates?

    Any care home/NHS Trust outside of Florence can accept them, depending on their policies. Sometimes organisations have a preference for a certain course or they might ask to see the learning outcomes to be sure what has been covered in the course, we recommend you check with them directly.

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