Understanding the safe handling of medication in health and social care - Level 2
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The Level 2 Safe Handling of Medication online course covers an understanding of administering medication safely, how to store and dispose of medicines safely, and how to ensure that record keeping and audits are completed correctly. By completing this free online qualification with a certificate, learners will develop knowledge of safely handling medication, supporting progression onto further qualifications and advancement within the learners health and social care career path. This fully funded distance learning course is suitable for those who are 18 or over and wish to increase their knowledge and awareness of how to safely handle medication within a health and social care setting.
What will I study on this course?
Unit 1: Understand medication and prescriptions
This unit will cover the different types of medication that individuals may encounter in the workplace, the classification of medication and sources of information and guidance when developing your understanding of medication.
Unit 2: Logistical aspects of handling medication
You will gain an understanding of how to obtain, handle, store and dispose of medication and equipment correctly.
Unit 3: Understand how to administer and support individuals to self-administer medication
This unit covers the administration of medication by looking at the process and common side effects, as well as how to follow procedures when problems occur and monitoring the effects of medication.
Unit 4: Legislation, guidance and audit processes for medication in health and social care settings
You will develop an understanding of the audit process, including the records that must be maintained within the administration of medicines and issues of responsibility and confidentiality.
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Adult (19+) learners
Depending on your age, course, educational history and personal circumstances, there may be options available for you to receive a course fully-funded by the government. Our fee calculator will help give you an idea on whether you'll be able to have your course fee waived or covered by an Advanced Learner Loan.
Learners with an active Education, Health & Care Plan
If you are aged 19 - 24 at the start of your course and have an active Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP), any course up to and including level 3 will be fully-funded by the government. This means you will not have a course fee to pay and any equipment considered essential to complete your course will be provided by the college.
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