Safe Handling of Medicines (Level 2) – Practical Workshop

Royal Pharmaceutical Society Accredited

This accredited practical workshop in Medicines Administration (Safe Handling of Medicines, Level 2) covers the requirements set out in the Care Certificate, NICE guidelines and by the CQC. This face-to-face workshop is delivered by an experienced pharmacist or nurse. It is accredited by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. This training has been shown to reduce medication errors by 36% (by Hampshire County Council). We have different versions of this workshop for care homes, day services, and community settings.

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Simulated medicines rounds assess competence before, during and after training

Learners undertake simulated medicines rounds. Deliberate mistakes are included (incorrect names, strengths, expired medicines etc.) which they must correctly identify and avoid, whilst selecting and recording the correct medicines on their medicines charts. We use these assessments three times: at the start, midway and at the end of the workshop to measure improvement and create a pass mark.

Managing Medication Errors training for nurses, care homes, carers

We send a full learner report and include a follow on assessment for any staff who fail

After the workshop, we send managers a learner report detailing how staff have performed before, during and after training. This allows you to measure the impact of the course. If any staff fail, they are enrolled onto our Virtual Medicines Round to gain their certificate after the workshop. This online competence assessment can also be purchased as a standalone training module.

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Find out more…

We provide half-day and full-day versions of our Medicines Administration courses and in a variety of different settings including:

Home care
Care homes
Day services

Other community settings

Find out more about booking a course at your organization by calling 01273 917210.

Or find out when the next Medicines Administration open course is running.

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Tailored to you

We offer a half- or full-day workshop and a choice of workbooks (to suit your budget). We have different versions of this courses depending on how medicines are supplied by your pharmacy: original packs, blister packs (single or mixed medicines), Biodose trays, electronic MAR charts etc. We can even fully bespoke the course to your medication policy, medicines charts and other paperwork. The theory is provided in workbooks with information tailored to the different care settings (care homes, day care, community etc.). See table below for more details.

Handout option 1:

This 128-page colour A4 manual is written by John Greene BSc, MRPharmS, MIfL, MAPCPharm, an nationally recognized expert in managing medicines in social care settings. It is a comprehensive guide to administering and managing medicines in social care settings. Each book contains a unique number that unlocks an accompanying e-learning module. The book covers: HSC Unit 3047, medication standards in the Care Certificate, NICE guidelines, and requirements from the CQC. Click here to read sample pages.

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Handout option 2:

This 32-page full colour A4 workbook is a scaled down version of the distance learning. It contains the essential theory needed to administer and manage medicines safely. Content covers the medication standards set out in the Care Certificate, NICE guidelines and by the CQC. It covers all care settings: care homes, community settings and day services. Learners sit a written assessment on the day of the workshop.

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Course handout

(to teach the theory provided on the day)

How is the knowledge (from the handout) assessed?

Medication care plans

When required protocols

Simulated medicines round (pre-learning)


Completion of medicines charts


Administering medicines from monitored dosage packs*

Administering medicines from original packs 

Once opened date and expiry dates

How to check cautionary and advisory labels

PTC 6-point cross check

Simulated medicines round (post-learning)


Administering medication - when are gloves required?

Administration of oral liquids

Measuring accurately with oral syringes

How to administer with oral syringes

Administration of creams, ointments, & barrier creams

Administration of inhalers

Administration of eye drops

Half Day

£495 (£31pp)

Short theory test on the day 

Half Day

+ Distance Learning

£645 (£41pp)

E-learning (or paper) assessment taken before or after the workshop

Full Day

£795 (£50pp)

Short theory test on the day 

Full Day

+ Distance Learning

£945 (£59pp)

E-Learning (or paper) assessment taken before or after the day

The course was well presented, delivery was at the right level for participants, course material well put together and very informative. The course was delivered with good humour which created a relaxing atmosphere and ease in participation. Excellent activities to engage the group. Well done John.
Janet Green-Bennett The Grange Nursing Home