Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medicines

QUALIFICATIONS

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

Ref No.LevelCredit ValueAwarding Organisation
600/5591/1213
Skillfirst Awards

Qualification Overview

The Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medicines qualification is designed for all health care staff whose duties may bring them into contact with medication. It 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 administering, handling, and disposal of medicines.

To achieve this qualification, learners must achieve all 13 credits in Group M.

All units are knowledge only.

Group M - Mandatory Units

QCF refUnitTitleLevelCredits
Y/601/9571SHM1Understand medication and prescriptions23
K/601/9574SHM2Supply storage and disposal of medication23
T/601/9576SHM3Understand the requirements for the safe administration of medication24
F/601/9578SHM4Record-keeping and audit processes for medication administration and storage23

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.

Delivery

Delivered and accessed online via Care Academy.

1 round of marking and invigilation.

Skillsfirst Awards qualification certificate upon successful completion.

email and online candidate support.

Learner records archived for future tracking and reporting.

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