Assessing Staff Competence to Administer Medicines
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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) requires care providers to have a formal system to assess staff competence. This practical workshop provides the knowledge, materials and skills to achieve this. Our competence checklist maps to HSC Unit 3047 and ASM 34 and provides a comprehensive framework to assess staff competence. You will practice using this checklist to assess administration of tablets, oral liquids, topicals (creams etc.), inhalers and eye drops. You can use the checklist or compare it against any in house checklist you have created to incorporate any improvements.
Important: please see prior learning below
Care staff and nurses already experienced in administering medicines
Describe legal/best practice requirements for assessing staff competence
Tailor the direct observation checklist to your own organisation
State what non-competence looks like when medicine are administered
Demonstrate the overall process of giving medication
Demonstrate how to select and record medicines systematically
Practice using simulated blister pack competence assessments
Assess someone administering a tablet and capsule
Assess someone administering a cream and ointment
Assess someone administering an inhaler
Assess someone administering an eye drop
It will be assumed that you already know the following:
What checks are needed on a mixed monitored dosage system (MDS)?
How should you record medicines given from original packs?
Explain the information you would find on a pharmacy label
How to check once opened dates and expiry dates
How to carry out a 6-point check when selecting medication
Demonstrate how to measure out the correct amount of medicine using an oral syringe
Demonstrate giving oral liquids from oral syringes
Demonstrate how to administer topical items
Demonstrate how to administer inhalers
Demonstrate how to give an eye drop
If you need more training in the above, these learning outcomes are covered on our full-day PCMA® workshop (Practical Competencies in Administering Medication), details available on request.
NICE – Management of Medicines in Care Homes, March 2014
NICE – Management of Medicines in Community Settings, Due March 2017 Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014: Regulation 12
(up to 16 people)
£945 + VAT