What to look for in a training provider

With so many companies in the market place offering medication training, how do you establish which will offer good quality competence-based training?

Course title

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 ‘awareness’ sessions”.

Check the learning outcomes

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).

Compare these to our learning outcomes

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.

how to choose medication training