Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health and Social Care

Poor practice in relation to the administration of medicines can result in serious errors being made and ultimately cause injury to people utilizing health and social care services. For that reason, it’s important that care staff comprehend procedures for handling medicines safely which they follow safe practice standards when handling medication administration.

This certification aims to develop learners’ knowledge of the safe handling of medications within a health and social care context. It supplies an introduction to the various medicines students are most likely to come across in a work environment, covering how medication is provided and administered, and the possible negative effects. The course explores the procedures for getting, saving and dealing with medicines and the legislation surrounding these locations. It also examines the audit process and students’ duty in relation to this, stressing the significance of accountability and confidentiality.

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) (Y/601/9571)

Record keeping and audit processes for medication (Credit value: 4) (J/506/3801)

Module B

Supply, storage and disposal of medication (Credit value: 3) (F/506/3800)

Understand the requirements for the safe administration of medication (Credit value: 5) (Y/506/3799)

Safe Handling of Medication in Health and Social Care

Information for learning centres

Qualification reference number: 601/3404/5 Awarding organisation: NCFE 

Entry Requirements

Learners should be aged 16 and over, but otherwise there are no specific entry requirements for this programme.

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