Supporting Medication in Social Care Settings

Do your staff need training about how to support the use of medication?

We have the answer: a comprehensive range of publications for Staff and Managers.

We have updated our medication training packs to bring them in line with the QCF qualification Unit HSC3047 ‘Principles of support for use of medication in health and social care settings’ for England & Wales.

Our Supporting Medication range of publications can be purchased via the ARC Shop and are available as:


Supporting Medication in Social Care Settings Workbook

SM-Workbook-cover-webThis workbook can be used in conjunction with your organisations in-house training, where learners answering the questions in the workbook relating to the knowledge Learning Outcomes of the QCF Unit HSC3047 ‘Principles of support for use of medication in health and social care settings’.  Workbooks can then be sent to ARC to be assessed by our qualified assessors (in line with QCF guidelines). On successful feedback, a certificate of completion is issued.  Learners can then progress to have the full unit certificated by our Awarding Organisation, City & Guilds; having their competence assessed in the workplace to gain an accredited unit from a Diploma in Health and Social Care. This can also be used towards the full Diploma or as part of a person’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD).  Please contact us for details.

Take a Look Inside the ARC Supporting Medication Workbook (updated 2015)


Supporting Medication in Social Care Settings Distance Learning Pack

Sup-Med-cover-240wideThe Distance Learning pack is easy to use and covers all the knowledge learning outcomes of the QCF Unit HSC3047 – ‘Principles of support for use of medication in health and social care settings’.  To work through the Distance Learning Pack, you will need to be supported by your line manager, supervisor, training officer or a colleague experienced in supporting the use of medication. You can talk through each section with this supporter, including discussing your answers to questions and exercises.  The accompanying workbook can be ARC assessed with feedback. Learners can then progress to have the full unit certificated by our Awarding Organisation, City & Guilds; having their competence assessed in the workplace to gain an accredited unit from a Diploma in Health and Social Care. This can also be used towards the full Diploma or as part of a person’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD).  Please contact us for details.

Take a Look Inside the ARC Supporting Medication Distance Learning Pack  (updated 2015) or order your copies here…


Supporting Medication Trainer’s Manual

ARC’s successful Supporting Medication training pack is also available as a Trainer’s Manual.  The Trainer’s Manual provides detailed step-by-step guidance notes, handouts and PowerPoint presentations which are also on a USB stick, giving you the resources to enable your organisation’s trainer to train groups of staff at times, venues and a pace that suits you.  This is an easy to follow training course that takes learners through all of the knowledge Learning Outcomes of the QCF Unit ‘HSC3047 Principles of support for use of medication in health and social care settings’.  At the end of the training your staff will have knowledge and understanding of:SM-TM-cover-(shop)

  • The legislative framework for the use of medication in social care settings.
  • Roles and responsibilities in the use of medication in social care settings.
  • The common types of medication and their use.
  • Techniques for administering medication.
  • The process for receiving, storing and disposing of medication supplies safely.
  • How to promote the rights of the individual and support use of medication.
  • How to record and report on use of medication

To complete this training, workbooks can be purchased for your learners, as described above.

Preview coming soon… Order your copies of the Supporting Medication Trainer’s Manual here


Supporting Medication for Managers Trainer’s Manual

This supporting medication for managers training pack has been designed specifically for your organisation’s trainer to take managers of services through their roles and responsibilities regarding supporting the use of medication in a social care setting.  This will include the policies and procedures that should be in place, including what areas should be covered, the training and support requirements for their support staff and how these can be met, and where additional information and advice can be sought.  The Trainer’s Manual provides detailed step-by-step guidance notes, handouts and PowerPoint presentations, giving your trainer all the resources to enable them to train groups of staff at times, venues and a pace that suits you.  At the end of the training managers will have a clear understanding and knowledge of:SMFM-TM-cover(webpost)

  • The legislation and guidance surrounding supporting the use of medication in social care settings.
  • The policies and procedures that should be in place in your organisation
  • The training requirement for staff working in the sector
  • ARC’s Supporting Medication training package and how it links to QCF unit.
  • ARC’s Supporting Medication Workbook’s requirements.
  • Where additional information and advice can be obtained.

Preview coming soon…

Order your copies of the Supporting Medication for Managers Trainer’s Manual here


training-icon-195Delivered Course ‘Supporting Medication Train the Trainer’

ARC run events to train your trainer, please contact us with your requirements or visit our Events Page to see if we have any training taking place in your area.

This one-day course is aimed at people who are already competent trainers and would like to deliver our ‘Supporting Medication’ course to their staff.  The course takes your trainer through the ‘Supporting Medication’ course material, giving them additional information and advice about how to deliver the course.  On completion of the course the trainer will be equipped to deliver the ‘Supporting Medication’ course to your staff.  Each trainer receives a Trainer’s Manual which includes: Trainer’s Guidance, Timetable for the day, Slides and Handouts, which are also on a USB stick.

To accompany this training, the Supporting Medication Workbook and Assessment can be purchased separately for each learner to test their knowledge and understanding of the Learning Outcomes of the QCF Unit HSC3047 ‘Principles of support for use of medication in health and social care settings’.

Supporting Medication in Social Care Setting publications can be purchased below and are  available as:

Image: DISTANCE LEARNING Workbook plus Assessment of workbook only:
ARC Members £16 | Non-members £18.50
Image: DISTANCE LEARNING Supporting Medication in Social Care Settings Distance Learning Pack, Workbook plus Assessment and feedback:
ARC Members £44 | Non-members £51.50
Image: Trainer's Manual Supporting Medication in Social Care Settings Trainer’s Manual:
ARC Members £52.50 | Non-members £105
Image: Trainer's Manual Supporting Medication for Managers Trainer’s Manual:
ARC Members £60 | Non-members £120
Image: Delivered Course Delivered Train the Trainer Course:
Price dependent on numbers – please contact
Lisa.Lenton@arcuk.org.uk
T: 01246 555043

Is your organisation at risk of fines from CQC?

The CQC have national standards on safe management of medicines and if providers consistently fail to meet these standards then they can be subject to large fines.  Don’t let your organisation be at risk, contact us to discuss your training requirements.

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