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Certificate, Level 2

Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health and Social Care

This course provides an introduction to the types of medicine that you are likely to come across in your work environment. It introduces some of the legislation about medication and sources of information and guidance. The workbook also covers the procedures of prescribing and dispensing medicine, an understanding of the requirements for safe handling, storage and disposal of medicines and the roles and responsibilities of staff in relation to these procedures.

The prerequisite for this course is only suitable for those working with vulnerable adults, not suitable for childcare.

Completion within 8-12 weeks, although early completion is achievable

Benefits of Study:

  • No need to attend college, work from home at a pace that suits you
  • Achieve a nationally recognised Level 2 qualification
  • Further your personal and professional development
  • Available at no cost
  • Receive support and guidance from a dedicated team of qualified assessors/tutors
  • Study will enhance your personal and professional skills

The student will learn through the support of relevant materials for the course, with a knowledgeable tutor providing advice and guidance on the course content.

Units:

  • Understand medication and prescriptions
  • Supply, storage and disposal of medication
  • Understand the requirements for the safe administration of medication
  • Record keeping and audit processes for medication administration and storage

AS THIS IS A KNOWLEDGE BASED QUALIFICATION, ACHIEVEMENT WILL NOT ALLOW LEARNERS TO BE CONSIDERED TO BE OCCUPATIONALLY COMPETENT TO ADMINISTER MEDICINES.

You may wish to complete further distance learning courses upon completion, these could be: Principles of End of Life Care, Principles of Dementia Care and Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes.

No specific entry requirements, however good written English is desirable.

The course is delivered via distance learning, supported by online flipbooks. Work is assessed by the tutor throughout the programme from induction to completion.