Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health and Social Care – Level 2

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Why study this course?

Would you benefit from developing your knowledge and understanding of safe handling of medication in health and social care?
This course covers the different types of medication and what they are used for. You will also gain an understanding of how to store and dispose of medicines in a safe way, how to administer medicines safely and how to ensure that record keeping and audits are completed correctly.

Course content

Unit 1: Understand medication and prescriptions
This unit will cover the different types of medication that individuals may encounter in the workplace, the classification of medication and sources of information and guidance.
Unit 2: Supply, storage and disposal of medication
You will gain an understanding of how to obtain, handle, store and dispose of medication correctly, as well as the roles and responsibilities of staff in relation to these procedures.
Unit 3: Understand the requirements for the safe administration of medication
This unit covers the administration of medication by looking at the process and common side effects, as well as how to follow procedures when problems occur and monitoring the effects of medication.
Unit 4: Record-keeping and audit processes for medication
You will develop an understanding of the audit process, including the records that must be maintained within the administration of medicines and issues of responsibility and confidentiality.

Entry requirements

Age 19+
Aged 19-23 – level 2 qualification or 5 GCSEs
Aged 23+ good level of written and spoken English


Distance Learning – all learning materials and assessments fully online

Day, time and duration

Anytime. Course to be completed in ten week period – fully online – study from home

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