Handling Medication in a Social Care Setting

handling medicationWhat the training covers:

  • The principles of care in relation to handling medication

    In this section we discuss how we can ensure we apply the principles of care when supporting individuals with their medication. We look at choice, respect, privacy, dignity, individuality, independence, empowerment and partnership working.

    We study three fictitious typical scenario’s in which support workers are faced with dilemma’s between respecting someone’s rights and their duty of care.

    We look at how every individual should have a support plan in place and this should include every aspect of their medication routine, allowing for self administration if appropriate.

  • The legal framework; Accountability and responsibility

    In this section we look briefly at the legislation which underpins the policies we need to have in place. We look at accountability and liability, and effective risk assessment.

  • Safe handling of medication (The 7 ‘Rights’ when handling medication)

    Here we look at what is considered to be best practice, e.g. hygiene and careful recording etc.

  • Teamwork and Information sharing

    This section focuses on the importance of sharing information appropriately and working consistently with procedures.

  • Issues and problems

    Here we explore typical problems and dilemmas such as refusals, missing medication, wrong doses given, sudden illness.

  • Evaluation of organisation’s own policy

    We look at our own policies and compare them with what we think should be in them. as a result of what we’ve gone over in the training so far. Are they robust enough?We confirm understanding of accountability and responsibility, both corporate and individual

  • The training provides the underpinning knowledge necessary to achieve the SVQ units HSC375, HSC221 and HSC236.

What the training does not cover:

  • Invasive medical procedures

    Such as the taking and testing of blood for diabetes and the administration of rectal diazepam. These procedures must be delegated to social care workers by a qualified nurse, and remain the responsibility of the nurse.

  • Detail about specific medications.

    It would be impossible to include an exhaustive coverage, and we suggest input from a medical/health care professional (for example your community pharmacist) who could give information/advice about the medications most commonly used in your workplace.

  • Competency

    The training provides underpinning knowledge, and is mapped to the relevant SVQ units and the SSSC codes of practice. Competency must be assessed via work practice.

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