The NHS spent more than £13 billion on medicines in 2012, and experts believe that as much as 50% of medicines prescribed, dispensed or sold are done so inappropriately every single year. Furthermore, once they have acquired medicines, half of all patients in the UK fail to take those medicines correctly. These scenarios can often result in disastrous consequences, especially when medicine ends up on the wrong hands, whether that is in a hospital or on the street.
NCFE Level 2 (online distance learning, no exams involved).
To study this course all students must be aged 19 or over, most students over the age of 19 will be able to study this course for free, however, please contact us if you are aged 19-23 and do not yet have a full level 2 qualification (5 GCSEs grade A*-C, NVQ Level 2 or higher) as additional eligibility criteria may apply.
Guided Learning Hours - 120
Study hours Per Week - 8
(*please note these are average and estimated figures and may not be a true representative for all individuals*)
If you wish to study this course simply visit the How to Enrol webpage and select BDU incl. Distance Learning from the first drop down menu and then choose your desired course from the second drop down.
Most students over the age of 19 will be able to study this course for free, however, please contact us if you are aged 19-23 and do not yet have a full level 2 qualification (5 GCSEs grade A*-C, NVQ Level 2 or higher) as additional eligibility criteria may apply.
This particular short course is just 8 weeks long.
By completing this course, you will not only gain a nationally recognised qualification, you will develop and improve your knowledge and skills in good health and social care-skills which could help reduce these shocking statistics.
This course is available in both paper and online format, and is up to you to decide which method you prefer, making the course flexible and easy for you. Personal tutors are assigned to each learners, to help ensure you have the support you need throughout the duration of the short course.
UNIT 1 – Understand medication and prescriptions
This unit covers the different types of medication that individuals are likely to encounter in the workplace, the various classifications of medication and the sources of information and guidance available to those looking to learn more.
UNIT 2 – Supply, storage and disposal of medication
Learners will gain a deep understanding of how to correctly obtain, handle, store and dispose of medication, as well as the roles and responsibilities of staff in relation to these procedures.
UNIT 3 – Understand the requirements for the safe administration of medication
This unit covers the administration of medication by examining the process and common side effects experienced by individuals taking particular medications, as well as how to follow procedures when problems occur and monitor the ongoing effects of mediation.
UNIT 4 – Record keeping and audit processes for medication
Learners will develop an understanding of the audit process, getting to know the records that must be maintained within the administration of medicines, as well as issues of responsibly and confidentiality.