Introduction to the Safe Handling of Medicines


Started on November 27, 2020

Introduction to the Safe Handling of Medicines

This introduction to safe handling of medicines is for non-medical personnel who administer medicines to service users. This can be in the context of care homes, private homes or other settings.   Where there is a responsibility on the part of care workers to administer medicines to service users, there must be a documented policy on medicines.  This policy must comply with all relevant legislation and observe best practices. The Department of Health,  in conjunction with the University of Leeds, have produced this useful guide for the administration and safe handling of medicines in care homes.  What is included in the policy document will depend on the individual responsibilities of the specific social care providers. Areas that are commonly covered are:

  • Giving support to those who take medicine in co-operation with health professionals
  • Sharing information about a patient’s medical record because of very specific reasons and with consent, if possible.
  • Ensuring good record keeping of the administration and safe handling of medicines as a matter of course
  • Safe storage and disposal of medicines
  • Ensuring the competency of those who administer medicines
  • management of concerns over medicines and medicine-related incidents on safeguarding

The course will starts by explaining the key terminology used when handling medicines in social care. It then goes into detail about the roles of the people involved, some of the different groups of medicines, providing different levels of support to patients, infection control and label interpretation.

Course ContentModule
Introduction to the course1
Terminology explained2
The roles, legislation and licensing3
Groups of medicines4
Levels of support and routes of entry5
Infection control and equipment6
Label interpretation and the seven rights7
Course Assessment

Online assessment in the safe handling of medicines training is carried out by a series of multiple choice questions. Candidates must answer 70% of the questions correctly to pass each module. We advise you to complete each module and answer the question before moving on to the next module. This provides a better learning experience because you will need to have knowledge from earlier modules to understand some of the material in the later modules. For those who complete the course successfully, a PDF certificate of the award is sent directly to your inbox.  Hard copies of the award are available on request.  The course takes 60 minutes of training to complete. This is course content only and does not cover the time it takes to answer questions.

Other Related courses to the Introduction of Safe Handling of Medicines in Social Care include

Handling Information in a Care Setting
Infection Control Training