Assessing Staff Competence to Administer Medication - Half Day/Refresher

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) and NICE guidelines require care providers to have a formal system to regularly assess staff competence to administer medication. This practical workshop will provide you with the knowledge, materials and skills to achieve this. The is a blended course which includes distance learning and e-learning.

This is a half-day version of the course that is suitable for those who have already demonstrated competence administering oral liquids, topical applications (creams, ointments etc), inhalers and eye drops.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the legal/best practice requirements from NICE and CQC regarding assessing staff competence
  • An introduction to the PTC Competence Assessment Checklist
  • Tailor the direct observation checklist to your own organisation (if required)
  • State what non-competence looks like when medicine are administered and the errors that can result
  • State how staff must consider food and meals when deciding when medicines are due
  • Demonstrate the overall process of giving medication
  • Practice using the checklist to assess the overall process of giving medication
  • Demonstrate your own competence to select and record medicines using a 6-point cross check
  • Practice using (and where to download) our simulated blister pack competence assessments
  • Assess someone administering a tablet and capsule

It will be assumed that you already know the following:

  • What checks should you make on a mixed monitored dosage system (MDS)?
  • How should you record medicines given from original packs?
  • Explain the information you would find on a pharmacy label
  • How to check once opened dates and expiry dates
  • How to carry out a 6-point check when selecting medication
  • Demonstrate how to measure out the correct amount of medicine using a measuring cup
  • Demonstrate how to measure out the correct amount of medicine using an oral syringe
  • Demonstrate giving oral liquids from oral syringes
  • Demonstrate how to administer topical items
  • Demonstrate how to administer inhalers
  • Demonstrate how to give an eye drop

If you need more training in the above, these learning outcomes are covered on our full-day PCMA® workshop.

Dates available on arrangement

The Medication Training Company can also create this course for you on arrangement either at your workplace or at one of their locations.

We can run this course at your location anywhere in the UK for £995 for up to 16 learners.
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