Safe Use of Medicines Foundation Course – Level 2

Confidence in medicine management

Course overview

Piles of medicines in their foil wrappers

In-depth medicines knowledge for a range of settings

Momentum People offers greater depth training in medicines management that can be tailored to your specific organisation, sector, or even mixed sectors, to deliver greater expertise and understanding when dealing with medication.

This comprehensive course will take understanding of medicine administration to the next level and is accredited by the College of Pharmacy Practice to give participants confidence when dealing with medication.

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Course content

The Safe Use of Medicines Foundation Course – Level 2 covers all areas of medicine management for those working in environments where it is important to have enhanced skills and awareness of handling and administering medication.

Broken down into modules, the course meets CQC guidelines and legislation. Within the course the three levels of support are detailed to support the effective administration of medicines.

Level 1 – General support
  • Promoting independence
  • Assistance versus administration
  • Compliance aids other than monitored dosage systems
Level 2 – Administration
  • What checks are needed?
  • The five rights
Level 3 – Administration by specialised techniques
  • When and how administration by specialised techniques can happen
  • What additional training is needed?
Modular learning is covered in relevant sections:
What is a medicine and how do they work?
  • Legal categories
  • General Sales List
  • Pharmacy medicines
  • Prescription-only medicines
  • Sale versus prescription
  • Who can prescribe?
  • Names of medicines
  • Generic versus brand names
  • Quality versus cost
Formulations and administration
  • What is formulation?
  • Identify different types of formulations
  • Administration for groups of medicines
  • Dosage, understanding instructions and interpretations
  • Administration of tablets and capsules
  • Administration of liquids
  • Administration of patches
  • Administration of drops, creams and ointments
  • Administration of inhalers
  • Administration of suppositories and pessaries
  • Maintaining hygiene
  • Safety checks
  • Confidentiality and consent
  • Refusal of medicines
  • Covert administration
  • Why side effects happen and how to react
  • Contraindications
Compliance aids
  • Monitored dosage systems
  • Authorisation, presentation and what is not authorised
  • Who should pay for compliance aids under the DDA?
Controlled drugs
  • What is a controlled drug?
  • Amendments to the Misuse of Drugs Regulations
  • Storage
  • Administration
  • Record keeping
  • Ordering and receiving controlled drugs
Record keeping, storage and pharmacy support
  • Accurate and appropriate record keeping
  • Ordering and receiving medication
  • Completing
Medication Administration Records
  • Medicines use reviews
  • DDA assessments
  • Monitored dosage systems
  • Safe storage and disposal of unwanted medicines
  • Stock rotation and shelf life
  • Safe disposal and record keeping

Information specific to children’s services will be added when relevant to course participants.

The course modules are delivered straight to the participant’s inbox with full support available remotely from qualified pharmacist trainers.

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Who is this course designed for?

The Safe Use of Medicines Foundation Course – Level 2 has been designed to provide carers and health assistants working in a wide range of settings with an enhanced understanding of medicines management.

Ideal for those in care settings, working with children and young people, or in a workplace environment where medication knowledge is necessary this course will give participants confidence in medicine management and administration.

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Course reviews

Within this course I have learnt so much and sometimes you can’t say that after a one day course. TeeJay teaching this is so engaging her knowledge is infectious.

I found the entire course invaluable. TeeJay was a fantastic trainer, made it interesting and also engaged the group through different activities. I thought I knew quite a lot, I swiftly learnt I knew very little.
G Harridine, SSBS
Was very good and interesting, learnt so much and feel a lot more confident in supporting nurses with safe medication administration.
Lorna Corleys, Crossroads Care
TeeJay is the most effective trainer for this subject. As a pharmacist she knows answers to most questions raised. Excellent trainer and very interesting.
Jackie Flood, Action for Children

I feel much more confident when administering meds and know the reasons why there are so many rules and regulations covering this. One of the best courses I have been on.

Lucy Huthwaite, Derby County Council

The course was presented excellently, the trainer demonstrated her obvious knowledge and passion which upheld the group’s interest and engagement. Pitched exactly at the right level, hand outs were relevant and informative, right mix of interaction and teaching, thank you so much.

Really engaging course with good demonstrative materials/examples in real life that I can relate to my role. I’ve learnt to never assume someone else has already checked medication. Go to this training to drum in your responsibility.

Mia Iacobucci, Priors Court School

Course duration

The Safe Use of Medicines Foundation Course – Level 2 is as a one-day course, please allow for a duration of eight hours for the day, which includes lunch and breaks.

Course outcome

With an enhanced knowledge of the safe use of medicines, participants will understand the legalities of administering medicines and benefit from clarity and confidence when asked to make decisions regarding medication management.

The course provides a thorough understanding of medicines, their use, storage, record keeping and how to administer them.

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Ways to study

The Safe Use of Medicines Foundation Course – Level 2 can be delivered via either Zoom or Teams platforms. Information on the modules, including handouts, exercises, a quiz and an evaluation form will be sent directly to participants.

An open course version is also available for participants who learn better from a trainer-led course, with sector-specific courses available.

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Safe Use of Medicines Foundation Course – Level 2 fees

Open online course £70 per person plus VAT.

Full day in-house training £850 + VAT and travel where applicable for up to 20 participants.

Why use Momentum People?

Momentum People’s training courses introduce diverse coaching and training styles using a holistic approach to ensure personal sustainability as well as practical knowledge and upskilling.

Specialist behaviour, communication and business strategy disciplines blend with pharmaceutical expertise to ensure courses are engaging, fun and hands-on.

Join thousands of professional healthcare individuals, teams and leaders who have already benefited from learning with Momentum People.

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