Handling Medication in Social Care

This is not a Train the Trainer course but a full day training made up as follows-

What the training covers:

The principles of care in relation to handling medication

In this section we discuss how we can ensure we apply the principles of care when supporting individuals with their medication.  We look at choice, respect, privacy, dignity, individuality, independence, empowerment and partnership working.

We study three fictitious typical scenarios in which support workers are faced with dilemmas between respecting someone’s rights and the worker’s duty of care.

We look at how every individual should have a support plan in place and this should include every aspect of their medication routine, allowing for self-administration if appropriate.

The legal framework; Accountability and responsibility

In this section we look briefly at the legislation which underpins the policies we need to have in place. We look at accountability and liability, and effective risk assessment.

Safe handling of medication (The 7 ‘Rights’ when handling medication)

Here we look at what is considered to be best practice, e.g. hygiene and careful recording etc.

Teamwork and Information sharing

This section focuses on the importance of sharing information appropriately and working consistently with procedures.

Issues and problems

Here we explore typical problems and dilemmas such as refusals, missing medication, wrong doses given, sudden illness.

Evaluation of organisation’s own policy

We look at our own policies and compare them with what we think should be in them as a result of what we’ve gone over in the training so far.  Are they robust enough?
We confirm understanding of accountability and responsibility, both corporate and individual.


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