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Minimising the Risk of Harm from Medicines Overdose
Minimising the Risk of Harm from Medicines Overdose
Minimising the Risk of Harm from Medicines Overdose
Minimising the Risk of Harm from Medicines Overdose

It is important to point out that most medicines are used safely and help other people to get better or stay well. When errors do occur, these can potentially lead to significant harm and in some cases, death.

This course is aimed at those who prescribe, administer or dispense medication in a primary or secondary care setting. Patients who self-administer their medication would also find it useful.

  • Online, self-paced training
  • Interactive course with colourful animations
  • CPD certified training
  • Complete in one to two hours
  • 24 hour learner support
  • Digital certificate on completion

Why take this course?

It is crucial when you are prescribing, dispensing or administering medicine that you take all necessary steps to avoid the risk of overdose. This Minimising the Risk of Harm from Medicines Overdos course will raise awareness of the different types of medicine overdose there are and will stress the importance of the steps you may take to avoid these risks, and how you must deal with the event of an overdose.

The training material in this course will help learners identify overdose, spot what has been taken, how long ago it was taken and what changes there may have been in the patient. Upon completion, learners will understand how common errors may occur, and how to best avoid these risks.

E-learning content

  • Definition and Statistics
  • How do errors occur?
  • Skill, rule and knowledge-based actions
  • Prescribing errors – How to avoid
  • Look Alike Sound Alike (LASAs) and abbreviations
  • Dispensing errors and safer practises
  • Substance misusers
  • Safer dispenser practise

Training outcomes

Having completed this module, learners will:

  • Develop an understanding of the risks of overdose
  • Be aware of key safeguards for avoiding overdose
  • Understand the importance and the appropriate means of reporting incidents


The content of this course is certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.


Approximately 1 - 2 hours. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. You can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like.

Target audience

This online training course is designed for professionals who dispense, administer or prescribe medication to patients in primary and secondary care, or for individuals who may self-administer their own medication.

Test and certificate

The end of course test consists of 15 multiple choice questions. Learners are required to achieve a 75% pass mark, and, if necessary, may attempt the test three times at no extra cost.

If learners do not achieve the 75% pass mark, further attempts may be given by contacting our support team.

Learners will be able to download a digital certificate on completion. This can be printed, and we suggest you keep it for your records.

How It Works

Frequently asked questions

Do I need an e-mail address to buy this course?

Yes, you will need an e-mail address to buy this course. This is because we use your e-mail address to create an account for you in our learning management system - where you will take the training. We also need your email address to send your purchase receipt.

If you buy more courses in future using the same e-mail address during checkout, then these will automatically be added to your system account.

If you pay by PayPal, we will use your PayPal email address to create your system account.

Can I buy this course and give it to other people?

Yes, you can buy the training using your own email address and then give it to other learners from your system account.

Each learner will need to have their own email address. This is so that we can send them a link to the training and give them their own system account.

Is there a refund policy?

We want you to be completely satisfied with your training. We offer a 30 day, no hassle, no quibble, money-back guarantee if you are not 100% satisfied.

To request a refund, you should email our learner support team with your receipt stating why you would like to be reimbursed. You, or your learners, must not complete the training in order to make a valid refund claim.

Will the course work on a tablet or mobile phone?

We recommend using a desktop or laptop for the best learning experience. This course can also be taken on tablet and mobile devices - including iPads and iPhones.

Is a specific internet browser recommended?

For the best possible experience, we recommend learners use Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11 or Firefox. Please ensure there are no updates pending on your browser.

How long do learners have to complete a course?

There is no set completion time for this course. Learners can study in their own time at their own speed and may pause, leave and come back to the system to continue the training at any time.

Does the course contain sound?

Yes, this course contains sound. For those without sound on their computer or device, the narration is covered in an optional text box at the bottom of the training.


Bulk discounts

Bulk discounts are available on purchases of 10 or more courses.

If you wish to discuss a large individual order for this course, and/or would like to be invoiced in advance, please call our sales team on 01943 885 085 to make an enquiry.

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