Online Learning for Healthcare
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Medication Awareness and Safe Handling of Medicines

Skills for Health
Delivery Method: eLearning

According to the NHS, more than 1.18 billion prescription items were dispensed overall in 2022/23.

Effectively managing and safely handling this medication is crucial to the health and well-being of those who rely on it on a daily basis.


This course will give you a good insight into the procedures that should be followed when taking charge of someone’s medication outside of a health setting. It covers requesting prescriptions, maintaining records, storing, administering and disposing of medication, self-medication and issues that might arise in the administration of medication.

The course is easy to do and comes with a wealth of supporting material as well as the option to do a demo to determine whether it’s suitable for you.

What will learners get out of it?

Once you’ve completed this course, you’ll have a knowledge of:

  • The principles of safe and appropriate handling of medicines as set out by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain
  • The importance of good record-keeping
  • Prescription requests
  • Medication for people who lack capacity
  • Medication storage and disposal
  • Administering medication, including supporting self-administration
  • The use of monitored dosage systems
  • Privacy and confidentiality
  • Training
  • Reporting medication errors
  • Transfers to other settings
Who is the course for?

The course is ideal for people who are involved in looking after medication for anyone outside of a healthcare setting and includes carers in domiciliary settings, carers in care homes, managers of care providers, family members who want to understand more about safe handling of medication or anyone interested in a safe handling of medication course.

Accreditations and endorsements

This course was developed by Me Learning

Duration & CPD

1 hour approximate, equivalent to 1 CPD point.


Click 'book now' below then follow the checkout process. On receipt of your order, the e-learning team will be in touch to arrange access, please allow 24 hours. Learners can access and re-visit the course for a year.

FAQ & Guidance

Our FAQ should answer most of your questions, but please do get in touch if you're still not clear about anything.

Peace of Mind Guarantee

For your peace of mind, all Skills for Health eLearning comes with a 14 day money back guarantee. If you are not satisfied or decide the package is not for you for any reason, Skills for Health are happy to refund your payment in full (or cancel your invoice).

Technical Requirements

Most eLearning courses from Skills for Health will work on mobile and tablet devices, unfortunately this course will not work on Apple mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads due to the requirement for Adobe Flash player. It may also not work on some PCs which do not have Adobe Flash player installed. We are working on a fix for this issue and will update ASAP.

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