This course aims to provide learners with the knowledge required to support the use of medication in health and social care settings. It provides information on the different types, classifications and forms of medication, as well as providing guidance on safe storage and disposal.
Medication awareness training is essential in the health and social care sector. Figures show that hundreds of deaths each year in the UK can be linked to medication errors, with more than 200 million made every year in total.
This is according to a 2018 study from the University of Manchester, which highlighted the importance of health and social care managers treating medication awareness principles as a priority among their workforces.
What's more, not only are prescription, dosage and other medication errors potentially harmful to patients' health, statistics show that avoidable adverse drug reactions cost the already overstretched NHS some £98.5 million each year.
It is therefore vital that all health and social care staff are aware of the different types, classifications and forms of medication, as well as how they should be stored and disposed of. The Virtual College Medication Awareness course has been designed with all of these factors in mind.
The Medication Awareness module is designed for anyone who administers medication as part of their job. This could be doctors, nurses, pharmacy assistants, first aiders, care home staff and community carers, for example. Our Medication Awareness course aims to improve learners' understanding of the necessity of accurate recording and reporting when medication is being administered, in the interests of patient safety and the wider NHS.
The course content underpins knowledge with the 'Support use of medication in social care settings' unit of the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF), and is also part of the following qualifications:
The Medication Awareness course covers the following lesson plan:
After completing the course, learners will be able to:
Learners will be able to download a digital certificate on completion of each course. This can be printed, and we suggest you keep it for your records.The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.
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This online course consists of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk learners through the lesson material. Pages may include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help learners stay engaged and interested in the material. Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be paused and resumed at any stage.
The course is self-paced so learners decide how fast or slow the training goes. There is no deadline for completion but some of our courses have a test at the end to check that learners have understood the material. If the course has a test at the end then learners are required to achieve a 75% pass mark to successfully complete the course. Once learners have passed the test they are awarded a certificate, which can either be downloaded digitally or sent as a physically copy if this option was chosen when purchasing the course.
Upon completion of any of our courses, learners will be able to download a digital certificate from Virtual College and will include the accrediting bodies logo where applicable.
If you have bought the posted certificate option (available on select courses), a high quality, seal embossed, certificate will be sent out by first class post at the beginning of the following working week.