Medicine Administration for Carers Course - UEA (University of East Anglia)


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Program Description


Learn about the 6 'R's of medicine administration (including medicine administration routes) and understand related legislation.

Understand the key principles of medicine administration

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.

What topics will you cover?

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

Upon completion of the three weeks, and successfully passing the short assessment at the end of the course, you will receive a certificate.

When would you like to start?

Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts. 

  • Available now
  • 5 October 2020

What will you achieve?

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.
  • Assess, monitor, administer and review medicines so that residents are receiving medicines in an appropriate form.
  • Collaborate with other members of the multidisciplinary team to ensure the resident's medication needs are met.

Who is the course for?

This course is primarily for care workers in a residential care home and nursing home services in the UK. It will 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.

Who will you learn with?

Rina Matala

I am a Lecturer at the University of East Anglia and a Community Pharmacist. I am the Dysphagia MOOC co-ordinator.

Miriam Craske

I'm an experienced community pharmacist with experience in pharmacy education. I am currently reading for a PhD in pharmacy practice at the UEA.

David Wright

Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the School of Pharmacy, University of East Anglia. Research interests include the management of medicines and their administration to patients with dysphagia

Who developed the course?

UEA (University of East Anglia)

The University of East Anglia is an internationally renowned university providing top quality academic, social and cultural facilities to over 15,000 students from over 100 countries around the globe.

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