Mode of study Distance Learning
Duration Please ring for details
Course code PLR2ODL039 (1920)
  • Who is it for?

    This course is designed for learners aged 18 or over, who wish to develop their knowledge of the safe handling of medicines. It is ideal for those who are already employed in a health and social care context, who wish to study the programme as part of their own continuous professional development.

  • Entry Requirements

    There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for this course. Good numeracy and literacy skills are advantageous.

  • What does the course involve?

    The qualification aims to develop learners’ knowledge of the safe handling of medicines within a health and social care context. It provides an introduction to the various medicines learners are likely to encounter in a work environment, covering how medication is supplied and administered, and the possible side effects. The programme explores the procedures for obtaining, storing and disposing of medicines and the legislation surrounding these three areas. It also emphasises the importance of the audit process and issues surrounding responsibility, accountability and confidentiality. The course comprises four mandatory units arranged into two modules: Unit 01: Understand medication and prescriptions Unit 02: Supply, storage and disposal of medication Unit 03: Understand the requirements for the safe administration of medication Unit 04: Record-keeping and audit processes for medication administration and storage

  • How is the course assessed?

    To pass this qualification, learners are required to complete two formal assessments (one after each module) which are submitted to us for marking

  • Additional Notes

    The qualification is mapped to aspects of the knowledge outcomes for Clinical Health Skills and Health and Social Care National Occupational Standards. It is also mapped to the Skills for Care knowledge set for medication and may contribute towards parts of the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework. This course is currently being offered free of charge. If, however, the learner withdraws early without reason, a charge may be incurred to cover the cost of the supplied materials.

  • What do I do next?

    If you are interested in enrolling or would like further information, please contact the Distance Learning Team on 01743 342355 or email odlenquiries@scg.ac.uk. We will advise you about the course, how to study, examinations and tutor support. Please note: course fees are payable at the time of your enrolment.