Investing your time and money in any training program is something you should do only after some careful research. How can you identify good training in an increasingly crowded marketplace? Let me try and give you an “insiders guide” from someone who works in the industry.
Be aware of the term “Medication Awareness”. I could never understand why some training companies used this term, until I met a trainer who told me “we don’t really teach medicines administration, they are more general “awareness’ sessions”.
Look at the other companies’ course outlines. Are they a list of short bullet points? Here are examples of learning outcomes I’ve taken just now from some other sites and our own comments.
Legal issues: A list of laws displayed on a Power Point slide? Is that helpful?
Names of medicines: Will staff learn a list of medicines names? Is that helpful?
Routes into the body: If all that is taught is a tablet is swallowed, a cream goes on the skin, is that a valuable use of the learner’s time?
Classification of medication: A slide stating there are prescription only medicines, pharmacy only medicines and general sales list medicines. How is knowing this helpful?
The 5 rights of medicines administration: Or is it 6,7,8+ rights? Knowing you should check the client name, medication, strength, root etc. is one thing… doing it is another. It’s a skill. Give them medicines with mistakes in and see if they notice them (that’s what we do).
Some examples of our learning outcomes – By the end of the course you will be able to:
• Give medicines in a person-centred way from personal medication care plans
• Work from when required protocols (according to NICE guidelines)
• Carry out 3 simulated medicines rounds (to identify skills gaps and measure progress)
• Complete medicines charts for common scenarios (practical exercises)
• Measure and administer an oral liquid accurately with an oral syringe
Our learning outcomes are clear, specific, and relevant.