Safe Administration of Medication for Social Care Workers

Safe Administration of Medication for Social Care Workers

Medication management refers to the safe, clinically effective and economic use of medicines to ensure that people using health and social care services get the maximum benefit from the medicines they need, while at the same time minimising potential harm. Medication safety involves giving the right person the right medication in the right dose at the right time and by the correct route.

In line with the relevant national standards, service providers are expected to have arrangements in place to ensure the safe and effective use of medicines, including assessing, prescribing, dispensing, administering, documenting, reconciling, reviewing and assisting people with their medications.

This course covers medication management and medication safety within the Social Care setting 

Course Content: 

  • Principles of Medication Management (definitions, core elements etc)
  • Irish Legislation and Standards and your policies and procedures. 
  • Understanding Medicines, common benefits and dangers. 
  • Practical elements of checking and recording - Group Work 
  • (NB requires access to local Documentation)
  • Medication Errors - includes best practice for reducing errors. 

As an in house programme this course can be amended for best fit and will be tailored to meet the needs of social care staff, in line with current HIQA Guidelines. 

Examples and Role-plays used will be specific to the group.

Medication policies and procedures from the organisation will be covered on the course. 

Duration: Half Day

Certification:

A Certificate of Attendance in Medication Management will be issued to all participants, which will include the course content in line with current HIQA requirements. 

In addition an MCQ will be included - this is retained by the employer as evidence of completion. MCQ's will be customised to include specific local policy needs if required. 

This course will be delivered by a Registered General Nurse Tutor with many years experience teaching in the healthcare sector. 

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