Medicines Administration – Accredited Practical Workshops

Royal Pharmaceutical Society Accredited

This is our main workshop in Medicines Administration (Safe Handling of Medicines). This practical face-to-face workshop is accredited by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. It assesses competence and has been shown to reduce medication errors by 36% (source: Hampshire County Council). Delivered by an experienced pharmacist or nurse, it teaches (and assesses) the skills needed to select, administer, and record medication in all care environments.

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We assess competence at key stages

Learners undertake simulated medicines rounds at three key stages (before, during and at the end of the workshop). Deliberate mistakes are included which learners must identify. They sit these assessments at the start, middle and end of the workshop. Results are recorded in a learner report sent to you after the workshop.

Managing Medication Errors training for nurses, care homes, carers

Follow on assessments for anyone referred

After the workshop, we send managers a learner report. If any staff fail, they are enrolled onto our ‘Virtual Medicines Round’ to gain their certificate.

Tailored to you and your budget

We tailor the course to how the medicines are supplied by the pharmacy, whether you want a half or full-day course, and the handout you’d like. We can fully bespoke the course to your medication policy, medicines charts and other paperwork.

Bespoke medicines administration training for nurses, carers, social care settings

Choose a half or full-day

We have a half or full-day version of this practical medication training workshop. See table below for full details.

Learning outcomes: By the end of the course you will be able to: Half-day Full-day
Give medicines in a person-centred way from personal medication care plans
Work from when required protocols (according to NICE guidelines)
Carry out a pre-learning simulated medicines round (to identify skills gaps)
Complete medicines charts for common scenarios (practical exercises)
Check a mixed monitored dosage pack before administering from it*
Administer medicines from original packs
Check the once-opened and expiry date
Administer medicines according to the cautionary and advisory labels
Carry out the PTC 6-point cross check
Simulated medicines round (post-learning)
State when gloves are required when administering medicines
Explain why spoons should not be used to measure oral liquids
State when measuring cups should be avoided for oral liquids
Measure and administer an oral liquid accurately with an oral syringe
Administer a creams, ointments, & barrier cream
Administer an inhaler with a spacer
Administer an eye drop to someone who can (and cannot) keep their eyes open

Theory is provided in our workbooks

Workbooks are supplied before, or on the day of, the workshop. They contain information tailored to the different care settings (care homes, day care, community etc.).  We offer a choice of two books (see below) with different assessment options.

Option 1:

A 32-page full colour A4 workbook teaching the essential theory needed to administer and manage medicines safely.
Learners sit a written assessment on the day of the workshop.

Option 2:

A 128-page more comprehensive manual covering all the knowledge needed to manage medicines in care settings.

  • Comes with an e-learning module that issues a certificate once passed
  • A permanent reference book with information close to hand
  • Covers NICE guidelines and HSC Unit 3047
  • Staff can study at their own pace and at times to suit
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

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