NCFE CACHE Level 2 certificate in understanding the safe handling of medicines


This online qualification is designed for all health care staff whose duties may bring them into contact with medication.

Ref No. Level Credit Value Awarding Organisation
501/0037/3 2 13
NCFE is a national Awarding Organisation

Qualification Overview

This online qualification is designed for all health care staff whose duties may bring them into contact with medication.

This qualification (RQF Reference 501/0037/3) would benefit all those seeking clear guidelines and advice regarding the various elements of safe administration of medicines.

The aim of the qualification is to provide the learner with a thorough understanding of the principles and practices of working with medicines. On completion of the qualification an individual will be familiar with the correct procedures for the administering, handling and disposal of medicines.

A total of 13 credits must be achieved to gain the qualification.

A learner must complete all 4 mandatory units to achieve this qualification.

Group M - Mandatory Units

QCF ref Unit Title Level Credits
Y/601/9571 MED1 Understand medication and prescriptions 2 3
K/601/9574 MED2 Supply, storage and disposal of medication 2 3
T/601/9576 MED3 Understand the requirements for the safe administration of medication 2 4
F601/9578 MED4 Record-keeping and audit processes for medication administration and storage 2 3

Topics Covered

Consequences of not following relevant legislation and guidance

Different routes of administration

How information is recorded and confidentiality maintained

How medicines are supplied and obtained

How to support individuals to administer their own medication

Monitoring the effects of medication

Problems with the administration of medication

storage and disposal of medications

The audit process in relation to medication transactions and stock levels

The key points of current legislation

Understand how medication is administered safely and in a way that meets individual needs

Understand the preparations to be taken prior to administering medication

Understand the use of different types of medication

Understanding how medicines are classified. Understanding your role and responsibilities

Your own role in relation to accountability and responsibility


Delivered and accessed online via Care Academy

4 units

7 associated learning modules

4 mandatory assessments

1 round of marking and invigilation

NCFE qualification certificate upon successful completion

email and online candidate support

Learner records archived for future tracking and reporting


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