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Medication Awareness

Level 2
£ 88


Working in a care home, or indeed in any domiciliary care role will require you to understand the principles of medication management.  While the focus of any care role is on the patient, you are also responsible for the care of others in their locale.  The onus ultimately is on you and mistakes with medicine can be fatal. This article looks at medication management and explains how the management of any prescribed or over the counter medicine is an important aspect of the job.

Patients are in care because they require a level of support.  This support may be in the form of physical support, such as moving a patient  or it may be emotional support.  In health and social care, it is important to remember at all times that no two patients are the same – some may have mobility issues, some chronic illness and others may need help with simple tasks that others take for granted.

The same applies to the management of medicines. Every patient has a different requirement. Whether that means giving the patient medication occasionally to treat a minor illness or multiple pills every day to treat a chronic medical condition, it is important to handle those prescriptions the right way.

Medication prescribed by a doctor, to aid the patients’ health can be dangerous or even deadly in the wrong hands.  Safe dispensing, the correct dosage and the secure storage are all important aspects of medication management when dealing with patient care. The wrong dose can be harmful, missed doses can cause side effects or stop the medicine working, and the administration of incorrect drugs can be fatal.  As a carer, it is your duty to ensure you understand the patients’ needs and administer the correct drug and the correct dose at the correct time.

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    Who Should Attend?

    Suitable for any person involved in working within a care environment.

    This course would suit :

    Course Content

    Medication management is broken down into five main areas :


    6 Hours


    First-2-Aid-U Training Suite, Glasgow and Falkirk (Convenient free parking available). On site instruction available by request.

    Entry Requirements

    This qualification is available to candidates aged 16 years or over.


    A maximum of 12 students can be accommodated on this course.


    The qualification is assessed via multiple choice paper and through direct questioning throughout the course by the trainer / assessor.

    The candidate has 30 minutes to complete the question paper.


    Assessment is ongoing by the instructor, along with a multiple choice question paper and on completion, a three year qualification will be issued to those who satisfy the criteria. In addition, the HSE strongly recommend that all students undergo an annual refresher programme of three hours.