06 July 2017

Sticky Notes and Medication

One of our most popular courses, our Clinical Trainers have run over 180 medication administration courses across the UK since September 2016. As a prerequisite for joining Complex Care its popularity grows week on week, so we take a look at what this course entails.

Newcross Medication Administration training provides carers with an understanding of the correct procedure to follow when administering medications. Staff learn how to administer medication safely and understand how to store and dispose of medication as per guidelines/policy. All staff will undergo a formal practical assessment using a combination of boxed medication and blister packed medication at the end of the course. 

We discuss the following areas:

  • Necessity of completing medication training
  • The importance of maintaining the service users privacy, dignity, independence and choice
  • Legislation surrounding medication
  • Newcross Medication Policy and Procedures
  • Your role in giving medication
  • Boundaries when assisting with medication
  • What you can and can’t do in relation to medication

To enhance learning we use different activities to impact learning such as the 'post it notes'. This is where two teams have to write as many types of medication they can think of on a post it note (using 1 per type of medication), they then add the routes the medication may be taken and then place the 'post its' on a team members person in the areas they may go, for example oral/tablets - mouth,  aural/drops - Ear, suppository/bottom etc. We do this as a bit of a competition to see how many people can think of and as a bit of fun. However, it helps people think about how many different routes there are and the importance of administering through the correct route. 

We also look at names for medications and what the medication is for. There are many staff who are giving medication without an awareness of what they are giving and what it is for. By having that knowledge it can assist a carer to monitor for side effects and to gauge if the medication is working or not.  This is done by a simple matching game in groups which makes people think.

As medication errors are becoming more common, the staff on the course will also do a competency with the trainer at the end of the session to assess that they can not only give medication safely, but also read and complete the MAR sheet correctly. 

If you are interested in booking yourself onto a Medication Administration Course then please contact your local branch.