Medicine Administration for Carers

  • Course provided by Future Learn
  • Study type: Online
  • Starts: Anytime
  • Price: Free
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Course Description

Understand the key principles of medicine administration

On this course you will learn about the underlying principles and procedures of medicine administration. You will consider the legislation and guidance surrounding medicines administration, including requirements for medicines storage and record keeping. You will also learn the 6 ‘Rs’ of medicine administration: right patient, right medicine, right route, right dose, right time and resident’s right to refuse.

Through the course you will learn through articles, videos and discussion - giving you the opportunity to collaborate and learn from other carers.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1- Introduction to Medicines

  • Identifying different types of medicines found in care settings
  • Considering laws and guidance associated with medicines in care settings

Week 2 - Residential Care

  • Considering the ‘Right Resident’, the ‘Residents Right to Refuse’ and the ‘Right Route’ of administration
  • Identifying special circumstances for crushing tablets before administration
  • Outlining the principles of good glove hygiene and oral hygiene of residents

Week 3 - Medicines Management

  • Ensuring the ‘Right Medicine’, ‘Right Dose’ and ‘Right Time’ in relation to administering medicines to residents
  • Accurately measuring liquid and topical doses of medicines
  • Considering safe medicines storage

Upon completion of the three weeks, and successfully passing the short assessment at the end of the course, you will receive a certificate.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Who is the course for?

This course is primarily for care workers in residential care home and nursing home services in the UK. It will be also be of interest to other people working in adult care services including those working in sheltered housing, supported living services, extra care housing services, adult placement homes and other residential care services.

Who developed the course?

UEA (University of East Anglia)

The University of East Anglia is an internationally renowned university providing top quality academic, social and cultural facilities to over 15,000 students from over 100 countries around the globe.