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Course contents

This training course is broken down into 3 sections

  1. 1 Policies and The Law
  2. 2 Medication
  3. 3 Administering Medication
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Administering medication in care training - Section 1, Policies and the law.

The first section begins by laying the foundations of administering medication by looking at what the law says, what a care home’s medication policy should contain, and what needs to be in a patient’s care plan. It also discusses the philosophy of “Person-Centred Care”.

Administering medication in care training - Section 2, Medication.

This section looks at medication itself; the different categories of medication, the different kinds of dosages, how to read a pharmacist’s label, and how to safely deliver, store and dispose of medication.

Administering medication in care training - Section 3, Administering medication.

This final section is all about processes. It covers the legal and best-practice processes that need to be considered when giving medication to residents in a care home. This includes how to look after residents who self-medicate; what to do if you need to covertly administer medication; and how to manage emergency medication.

About this course

This online Medication Awareness Training for Care provides essential training to care assistants and general care staff working in both nursing and non-nursing care homes. Participants will learn how to administer and manage medication that aligns with legal requirements to perform the administration safely. 

It’s the responsibility of Care Home Managers to ensure that their staff are suitably trained – what’s considered “suitable training” is at their discretion. This Administering Medication in Care Homes training course acts as a refresher - or a reminder of the essentials - to be used alongside practical training.

Course participants will understand the needs of an individual before the administration of medication through the online course and will learn the importance of Medicines Administration Record [MAR] sheets. Alongside this, recognising the side effects should a patient have a reaction to some of the medication provided. 

By following the guidelines set by The Department of Health, we ensure participants are given the best training possible.

Understanding the needs of patients, safe handling of medications, preparation and recording are all key parts of this Medication Awareness Training for Care. 

Michelle Livings, a presenter of Medication Awareness Training for Care

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Michelle Livings

The importance of Medication Awareness Training for Care

It’s important that you comply with the law and understand the positive impact this training course can have on your organisation and employees.

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Medication Awareness Training certificate

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Each of our courses ends with a multiple choice test to measure your knowledge of the material.

Medication Awareness Training for Care course concludes with a 20 question multiple choice test with a printable certificate. In addition, brief in-course questionnaires guide the user through the sections of the training and are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum user engagement throughout.

As well as printable user certificates, training progress and results are all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System) and can be accessed any time to reprint certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.

What does my certificate include?

Your Medication Awareness Training for Care Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and stamps of approval or accreditations by recognised authorities.

Please note if you are using our course content via SCORM in a third party LMS then we are unable to provide certificates and you will need to generate these in your host LMS yourself.

Medication Awareness in Care Certificate

98 real user reviews

4.8 out of 5
Easy to follow.

Informative and easy to follow.

Great course

Good course well set out

very valuable information to learn.

This course is important information to understand if you are administering medication to others.


Thank you

It's great

This course gave me an in depth understanding about medications and its administration, including the errors that can be abated when you follow through the principles correctly. Thank you!

Not enough detail

How and why to dispose of medication properly. Why signing for the giving of medication is so important should include the risk of overdose by another person giving the meds. More detail about cooercive giving of medication so that care staff know when to report this if it is seen happening. Something about side effects of medication. Why are Care Staff allowed to give medication with so little apparent knowledge about medication, interactions and side effects - it all seems wrong to me.

it is educational

It covers the basic views on medication administration in the most simple presentation.

Very easy learning

I found this module very informative and easy to absorb the information.

Why is this training important?


It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work.

The Administration of Medicines relates to these Health and Safety legislations;

What are some of the NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) Managing Medicines in Care Homes guidance terms?

  1. To provide guidance for those providing medicines to others in Care Homes
  2. A collective responsibility for those who are in Care
  3. Treatment and care should take into account for an individual's needs

As a minimum, training should cover: the supply, storage and disposal of medicines; safe administration of medicines; quality assurance and record-keeping; and accountability, responsibility and confidentiality

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