Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health and Social Care (QCF), Certificate

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Poor practice in relation to the administration of medicines can lead to serious errors being made and ultimately cause injury to people using health and social care services. Therefore, it’s essential that care staff understand procedures for handling medicines safely and that they follow safe practice guidelines when dealing with medicine administration.

This qualification aims to develop care staffs’ knowledge of the safe handling of medicines within a health and social care context and in line with the relevant policies in their workplace.  It provides an introduction to the various medicines care staff are likely to encounter in their work environment, covering how medication is supplied and administered, and the possible side effects. The programme explores the procedures for obtaining, storing and disposing of medicines and the legislation surrounding these three areas. It also emphasises the importance of the audit process and issues surrounding responsibility, accountability and confidentiality.

Next: What will I learn?

What will I learn?

The Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health and Social Care comprises two concise module workbooks which cover the learning outcomes of the following units:

Module A:  Understand medication and prescriptions (Credit value: 3), Record keeping and audit processes for medication (Credit value: 4)

Module B:  Supply, storage and disposal of medication (Credit value: 3), Understand the requirements for the safe administration of medication (Credit value: 5)

Next: Assessment

How will I be assessed?

This course is introduced by a Kendal College tutor and assessed by experienced and qualified medication administrators including nurses, care managers and supervisors.  Care staff will then compete the course as a distance learning programme using text books and assessment records that can be completed at times and locations suited to the care staff, making it perfect for those who may have irregular working hours and for whom attending college on a regular basis would be difficult. By working through this programme, care staff will develop an understanding of their responsibilities in the workplace and the procedures they should follow when handling medicines. This will help to protect against common errors in relation to medicines and support safe working practices.  All care staff will be sign posted to the policy designed for their individual workplaces and this will inform part of the assessment requirements.  Learners must show understanding of their workplace medication policy to pass the assignments.

Care staff will receive written feedback and opportunity to resubmit to ensure achievement of the qualification.

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Career Opportunities

By undertaking this programme, care staff will be able to further their own continuous professional development, which may improve their career prospects, or progress on to further qualifications, such as courses in health and social care or related subjects, as well as ensuring they meet regulatory requirements for the administration and handling of medicines thus providing safe care.

Next: Entry requirements

Entry requirements

This course is designed for those who work in a health and social care setting or service including those in a work role and informal/family carers.

Learners must be aged 18 or over in order to enrol on the course, but otherwise there are no specific entry requirements for this programme.  However, employees may find it helpful if they’ve already achieved a Level 2 qualification in a health or social care related area.

Entry is at the discretion of the college. However, learners should be aged 16 or above to undertake this course.

Kendal College will ensure that this course is appropriate for the age and ability of the learner. This may involve an assessment to ensure learners can meet the criteria and comply with the relevant literacy, numeracy, and health and safety aspects of this course.

For more information contact: Kelli.Horner@kendal.ac.uk

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Adult fees


Please note: If you are an adult student you may be entitled to financial support to cover the cost of your course, dependent on your circumstances. Please contact Student Services on enquiries@kendal.ac.uk for details. More about Student Finance.

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