Safe Handling of Medicines (Foundation) Course for Extra Care & Supported Living
The accredited course you need to enable staff to administer medicines or support people with their medicines in an extra care or supported living setting.
About This Course
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- Course Information
Do your staff prompt or administer medicines? NICE Guidance requires that ‘home care workers have the knowledge and skills needed to perform their duties safely’. Our Safe Handling of Medicines Foundation course ensures all staff are fully trained and up to date with best practice guidance to handle medicines safely and reduce medicines errors and incidents. The accredited course you need to enable staff to administer medicines or support people with their medicines in an extra care or supported living setting.
- Levels of support with medicines
- Family-filled dosette boxes
- Non-prescribed/over-the-counter medication
- Administration (including basic hygiene)
- Recording administration of medicines
- Recording verbal prompts
- Covert administration
- Recognising and reporting side effects
- Side effects of commonly prescribed drugs
- Importance of dose timings
- How to use eye drops, patches, inhalers, creams etc.
- Legal issues
- Compliance aids
- Understanding dosage instructions
- Principles of a medication policy
- How to reduce medication errors
- Expiry dates
This course is:
- Accredited by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
- Developed and presented by qualified Pharmacist trainers
- Compliant with CQC requirements
- Evidenced by a certificate of successful completion
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 the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS).
This is what the RPS said about Opus:
“By being accredited as a Royal Pharmaceutical Society training provider, Opus Pharmacy Services has demonstrated that it meets our recognised quality standards and provides the benchmark for the healthcare teams it supports…”
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.