Medication

A lady dispensing medication to an elderly lady

People needing care and support often require medication in a safe and timely manner.

For Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulated providers, ensuring the appropriate medication training is provided helps comply with their expectations around national standards for induction.

Because everyone has different needs, there is not a definitive list of what should be covered as part of medication training. We have resources to support you. 

You can search our Endorsement Framework directory for first aid
courses delivered by recommended training providers. 

Our 'recommendations for CQC providers guide' includes a section around induction related training, including further information about medication administration training. It can help you consider what you need to cover for an effective induction.

The section includes what generally should be covered by the training, who should deliver the training, how competence should be signed off, recommended resources and what formal qualifications could be considered.

This induction applies across social care and health and is made up of 15 standards which make new members of staff ready to practice within their specific sector.  Standard 13 focuses on Health and Safety, including medication administration.

We have materials to support you with the Care Certificate.

Our choosing workforce learning guide helps you think about what you need from a learning provider.  It helps you ask the right questions before choosing which one to use. With thousands of learning providers available, this helps you select the best one for your needs.

If you want to further develop your medication related knowledge and skills, we recommend using our Skill Selector to find relevant units and qualifications.  

Funding towards the cost of qualifications may be available from our Workforce Development Fund.

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