Certificate in
UNDERSTANDING THE SAFE HANDLING OF MEDICATION
Start Date

July 1st

Price

€520

Course Objective

The objective of the CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication qualification is to develop learners’ understanding of the safe handling of medication.

Course Units

Learners who successfully complete each of the following units will be awarded a Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication.

Unit 1: Understand Medication and Prescriptions

Unit Aim:

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with knowledge and understanding in relation to medication and prescriptions.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify the different types of medicines available and why they are used
  • Describe the different routes by which medicines can be administered
  • Describe the following classifications of medicine:
    • General Sales List (GSL)
    • Pharmacy (P)
    • Prescription Only Medicines (POM)
    • Controlled drugs
  • Outline the key points of current legislation and guidance relating to medication
  • Outline the consequences of not following relevant legislation and guidance
  • Outline the roles of self and others in the process of:
    • Prescribing medication
    • Dispensing medication
    • Obtaining and receiving medication
    • Administering medication
  • Identify the limitations of own role in relation to the medication process
  • Identify ways to get support and information in the workplace related to medication
  • Identify the key approved national sources of information about medication
  • Describe the information which should be supplied with medication
  • Describe why it is important to seek information from the individual about their medication and condition
 Assessment:

Learners are required to complete four written assignments, based on a case study presented by the tutor, which demonstrate their understanding of the learning outcomes for this unit.

Unit 2: Supply, Storage and Disposal of Medication

Unit Aim:

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with knowledge and understanding about the supply, storage and disposal of medication.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify the purpose of a prescription
  • List the information that has to be checked and recorded once medication has been received
  • Describe the procedure for:
    • transferring medication from one setting to another
    • obtaining medication in an emergency situation
    • obtaining medication for use ‘when required’
    • renewal of prescription
  • Describe the requirements of medication storage within the following settings:
    • clinical settings
    • residential care
    • day services
    • domiciliary care
    • non-care settings
  • Explain how controlled drugs should be stored within each setting
  • Outline how to support individuals to store medication securely for self-administration
  • Outline the storage requirements for different types of medication
  • Describe how medicines awaiting disposal should be stored
  • Give examples of why drugs might need to be disposed of
  • Outline the requirements for the safe and secure disposal of medication and equipment for:
    • nursing care settings
    • care settings
    • domiciliary care settings
    • controlled drugs
  • Explain why it is important to dispose of medication and equipment in line with agreed procedures
Assessment:

Learners are required to complete six written assignments, based on a case study presented by the tutor, which demonstrate their understanding of the learning outcomes for this unit.

Unit 3: Understand the Requirements for the Safe Administration of Medication

Unit Aim:

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with knowledge and understanding in relation to the requirements for the safe administration of medication.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify the key requirements of legislation and guidance in relation to the administration of medication
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of staff in relation to:
    • Supporting individuals to take medication
    • Administering medication
    • Using specialised techniques to administer medication
  • Describe ways of working to ensure that distractions to the person administering medication are minimised
  • Explain why it is important to follow instructions on the preparation and use of medication and the method of administration provided by the:
    • Individual
    • Manufacturer
    • Pharmacist
    • Prescriber
    • Organisation
  • Explain why it is important to gain an individual’s consent prior to administering medication
  • Identify the information to be given to individuals to enable them to give valid consent
  • Explain why it is important to agree with the individual the nature of support in relation to their needs and preferences
  • Describe how the following should be checked prior to administering medication:
    • Identity of individual
    • Medication Administration Record (MAR)
    • Medication
    • Equipment
    • Environment
  • Describe the infection control precautions to be taken during preparation to administer medication
  • Explain the importance of each of the six R’s of administration
    • Right individual
    • Right medicine
    • Right route
    • Right dose
    • Right time
    • Right to refuse
  • Describe a range of aids and equipment used for administering medication
  • Outline the advantages and disadvantages of using monitored dosage systems
  • Give examples of special instructions that might need to be followed when giving medication
  • Explain the importance of monitoring an individual’s needs in relation to medication to be administered ‘when required’
  • Explain the importance of observing that the medication has been taken by the individual
  • Describe the actions to be taken if an individual does not take their medication
  • Explain how to record the outcomes following administration of medication
  • Give examples of situations where additional support and guidance may be necessary
  • Explain why it is important to support an individual to administer their own medication
  • Identify key aspects of legislation and guidelines related to self-administration of medication
  • Describe the points that are considered when carrying out a risk assessment for self-medication
  • Outline the conditions that must be in place to support an individual who is administering their own medication
  • Describe the records that must be kept in relation to self-medication
  • Describe the actions to be taken in line with agreed ways of working in relation to the following situations:
    • Errors administering medication
    • Individual declines prescribed medication
    • Medication is compromised
    • Discrepancies in records
  • Outline how to support an individual who has difficulty taking medication in the form it has been prescribed
  • Explain how to support the best interests of individuals who are unable to consent to prescribed medication
  • Describe the procedure for administering controlled drugs
  • Describe how to monitor the effects of the medication on the individual and the condition it has been prescribed for
  • Give examples of how physiological measurements are used to monitor the effects of, or need for, specific medication
  • Identify common side effects of widely used medicines
  • Explain what is meant by an adverse reaction
  • Describe the actions to be taken if side effects or an adverse reaction to medication are suspected
  • Outline how medication reviews should be carried out in line with national guidelines
  • Explain how the outcomes of monitoring should be recorded and reported
 Assessment:

Learners are required to complete six written assignments, based on assessment briefs prepared by the tutor, which demonstrate their understanding of the learning outcomes for this unit.

Unit 4: Record Keeping and Audit Processes for Medication

Unit Aim:

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with knowledge and understanding in relation to record keeping and audit processes for medication.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe the requirements for medication transactions and stock levels in relation to:
    • The role of the pharmacist
    • Manufacturer’s instructions
    • Organisational policies
    • Inspection and external audit
    • Legal requirements
  • Explain how medication is recorded on:
    • Receipt
    • Administration
    • Disposal
  • Describe the key aspects of record keeping in an environment where medicine is used in relation to:
    • Documentation
    • Correct recording
    • Signatures
  • Outline the requirements of the regulatory authorities in relation to medication record keeping
  • Identify the information that needs to be recorded for medicines reconciliation in relation to each individual
  • Outline the requirements for the frequency and content of medication reviews
  • Explain why all records relating to medication must be kept up-to-date
  • Outline the key points of legislation relating to confidentiality in relation to:
    • Who records what
    • Where and when
    • Who has access to records
    • Individual rights
    • Maintaining confidentiality
  • Identify own role in maintaining confidentiality and keeping information secure
  • Define the terms ‘accountability’ and ‘responsibility’
  • Explain the importance of accountability in relation to medication
  • Describe the responsibilities of different people involved with storage or administration of medication
  • Outline the potential consequences of not following agreed ways of working as set out by an employer
  • Explain the importance of working within own limitations
  • Explain what is meant by a medicines-related safeguarding incident
  • Describe the reporting and recording requirements in the event of a medicines-related safeguarding incident
  • Give examples of changes in practice that would be implemented as a result of a medicines-related safeguarding incident
  • Explain the importance of reporting adverse effects of medication using the ‘Yellow Card’ system
Assessment:

Learners are required to complete four written assignments, designed by the assessor, which demonstrate their understanding of the learning outcomes for this unit.

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