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Course Overview

On this course you will learn about the underlying principles and procedures of medicine administration. You will consider the legislation and guidance surrounding medicines administration, including requirements for medicines storage and record keeping. You will also learn the 6 ‘Rs’ of medicine administration: right patient, right medicine, right route, right dose, right time and resident’s right to refuse. Through the course you will learn through articles, videos and discussion – giving you the opportunity to collaborate and learn from other carers.

Week 1- Introduction to Medicines

  • Identifying different types of medicines found in care settings
  • Considering laws and guidance associated with medicines in care settings


Week 2 – Residential Care

  • Considering the ‘Right Resident’, the ‘Residents Right to Refuse’ and the ‘Right Route’ of administration
  • Identifying special circumstances for crushing tablets before administration
  • Outlining the principles of good glove hygiene and oral hygiene of residents


Week 3 – Medicines Management

  • Ensuring the ‘Right Medicine’, ‘Right Dose’ and ‘Right Time’ in relation to administering medicines to residents
  • Accurately measuring liquid and topical doses of medicines
  • Considering safe medicines storage

This course is primarily for care workers in residential care home and nursing home services in the UK. It will be also be of interest to other people working in adult care services including those working in sheltered housing, supported living services, extra care housing services, adult placement homes and other residential care services.

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
  • Engage the 6 R’s of safe medicine administration for residents at your care setting
  • Apply your knowledge of the policy and guidance on covert administration of medicines in appropriate instances
  • Demonstrate good hand hygiene and knowledge of good oral hygiene for your residents
  • Identify ways in which you can involve the resident in making shared decisions about their medicines