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Full Day Safe Handling of Medicines (Foundation) Course for Adult Services

The accredited Full Day Safe Handling of Medicines (Foundation) Course covering all aspects of handling medicines within a care setting. Skills for Care recommend that staff renew their training annually.


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For face-to-face training options, please contact us on 0333 939 0053 or email [email protected]

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Course Information

Our accredited Full Day Safe Handling of Medicines (Foundation) Course covers all aspects of handling medicines within a care setting. It provides delegates with the knowledge required to handle medicines safely in line with their organisation’s medicines policy and procedures. It also includes a range of practical activities to increase delegates confidence and competence when handling medicines.

By the end of this course, delegates will be able to:

  • Describe the safe procedures for handling medicines
  • Demonstrate how to administer medicines safely and effectively
  • Describe the practical challenges of administration
  • Explain how to use and maintain medicine records
  • Recognise potential problems of medicines in use and how to avoid/overcome them


Course Content

This course includes the following:

  • Administration
  • Storage
  • Recording
  • Disposal
  • Covert administration
  • Self-administration
  • Homely remedies and over the counter medication
  • The importance of dose timings
  • How to use eye drops, patches, inhalers, creams etc.
  • Understanding dosage instructions
  • Basic hygiene when administering medicines
  • Principles of a medicines policy
  • Specialist tasks
  • How to reduce medicines errors
  • Reporting refusals, side effects and errors
  • Expiry dates
  • In-depth look at dosage forms with extra case studies for tablets, inhalers and transdermal patches
  • MAR recording exercises, covering PRN
  • Spotting error exercises
  • Additional time for discussion and reflection
  • Focus on the application of learning

This course is:

  • Accredited by CPD
  • Developed and presented by qualified Pharmacist trainers
  • Compliant with CQC requirements
  • Evidenced by a certificate of successful completion
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Virtual Learning Course

£1050 + VAT for up to 16 delegates. Course presented by a qualified Pharmacist trainer via Zoom.

Face to Face Course

£1190 + VAT for up to 16 delegates Presented by a qualified Pharmacist trainer at your venue. Travel costs may apply.


How long do the courses take?

Most of our face to face courses are half day (3-hour) sessions with a qualified Pharmacist trainer at your venue. Some supplementary courses, such as buccal midazolam & epilepsy or Epipen & adrenaline auto-injector administration, are 2-hour sessions. Our Foundation e-learning courses take between 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. Competency Assessments and Refresher courses take approximately 1 hour and Bite-size courses take approximately 30 minutes. Our distance learning workbooks can be completed in your own time and at your own pace.

Are OPUS courses accredited?

Yes! All of our courses and services are accredited by CPD, and we are a Skills for Care Endorsed Training Provider.

Where do courses take place?

Face to face sessions are held at your venue, providing extra convenience for your staff. We have Pharmacist trainers across the UK so no region is too remote or too far!
E-learning courses are completed online and can be used on any internet-enabled device, including Macs, PCs and Ipads. Distance Learning Workbooks are posted promptly to an address of your choosing. Larger order can be couriered to you or sent recorded delivery.

How many people can attend a Face to Face course?

Our face to face courses are for small groups of up to 10 learners or we can provide training for larger groups of up to 16- whichever works for you! Manager’s courses are undertaken in smaller groups of up to 10 delegates.

When do I get my certificate?

For e-learning courses- straight away! Once you’ve successfully completed the end of course assessment, you will be able to print off your certificate immediately.
For our face to face courses, the trainer will mark your assessments and all successful delegates will receive their certificate via email following the training, usually within 7 days. With distance learning, simply pop your completed assessment in the post or scan it in and email it to us for marking and your certificate will be emailed to you for you to print off and keep.

How long does my certificate last for?

For most courses, certificates have a recommended refresher of 2 years. Skills for Care guidance recommends that training be updated at least annually and OPUS offers online competency assessments which can be used a year after your training for this purpose and refresher courses which can be completed when your certificate expires.

How do I get set up for E-learning?

Simply purchase through our shop! Once we’ve received your details, you will receive an email with login details from our support team. Follow the instructions and you’re ready to go!
If you are purchasing more than one licence for an organisation, you may want to assign someone from your organisation to issue passwords to your staff and to print certificates. This person will be termed as a group "manager/instructor”. Provide the instructor’s name and email during checkout and they will receive all login details they need by email.

How many E-learning licences do I need and how long do they last?

Each individual learner needs their own licence. Licences last 1 year from the date they are allocated to a user (NOT from the date of purchase) so if you have staff you will need to train in the future, you can purchase a bundle of licences to take advantage of our discounted rates and allocate them to staff as and when they are needed.

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