The Principals of Safe Handling of Medicines – Level 2 Course is designed for a broad spectrum of health care workers who would benefit from a greater understanding of how to adopt good, safe working practices in relation to the dispensing of medicines and medical treatments. This course will give students an understanding of the principles and practices of working with medicines including the correct procedures for the administering, handling and disposal of medicines.
The course is designed to complement practical work, as it will help you to underpin your practice with theoretical knowledge. It will also give you the opportunity to look at parts of the job you may not currently be involved with.
On successful completion of this course students will receive an endorsed Level 2 Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards.
- Unit 1: Medication and Prescriptions
- Unit 2: Requirements for the Supply, Storage and Disposal of Medication
- Unit 3: Requirements for the Safe Administration of Medication
- Unit 4: Keeping Records and Understanding the Audit Processes for Medication Administration and Storage
The following topics are covered: The use of different types of medication; How medicines are classified; Legislation and guidelines related to medication process; The role of self and others in the medication process; and How to access information about medication
The following topics are covered: How medicines are supplied and obtained; The requirements for storing medication; and The requirements for the safe disposal of medication.
The following topics are covered: Preparations to be taken prior to administering medication; How medication is administered safely and in a way that meets individual needs; How to support individuals to administer their own medication; Procedures to follow when there are problems with the administration of medication; and How the effects of medication are monitored.
The following topics are covered: The audit process in relation to medication transactions and stock levels; How information is recorded and confidentiality maintained; and Your role in relation to accountability and responsibility.
You will receive access to the course materials through an online portal for a 12-month period. Students can use the portal for accessing their course materials, submitting assignments and to log tutor questions. A hard-copy book version of the course notes are also supplied.
Please Note: Due to the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19 hard-copy versions of this course are only being dispatched twice a week so there may be slight delays to the usual delivery times.
There are no particular entry requirements for this course, so students can sign up providing they are comfortable studying at a Level 2 standard.
You can start this course at any time, and you would be registered for a one-year period. You also have access to a personal tutor who can be contacted by email. Your tutor is available to assist with any queries and to mark your assignments for the Awarding Body.
As the course is self-study, you can complete it as quickly as you like. Support extensions are available if students do not complete the course within the one-year period.
Students will be required to complete a number of assignments. Your personal tutor will review, mark and provide you with feedback on your work. Coursework assignments can be returned by uploading to the online portal, by email or by post.
We recommend that assignments are completed and returned as word-processed documents through the online portal. Handwritten documents can be accepted but need to be clear and legible and may be subject to a longer marking time.
At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).
The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that NCC has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained.
The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 2 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.
Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual’s level descriptors page.
The course itself has been designed by NCC to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.
ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.
Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.
*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales