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Medication Awareness and Safe Handling of Medicines

Sanctuary Training

Medication Awareness and Safe Handling of Medicines



Figures from 2014 suggest that almost 50% of adults in the UK regularly take prescription drugs. Effectively managing and safely handling medication is crucial to the health and wellbeing of those who rely on medication on a daily basis. This course details how to safely handle medicine and gives a general awareness of medication.


The course is intended for people who are involved in looking after medication for anyone outside of a healthcare setting, including:

  • Carers in domiciliary settings
  • Carers in care homes
  • Managers of care providers
  • Family members who want to understand more about safe handling of medication


This course will give learners an insight into the procedures that should be followed when taking charge of a person's medication outside of a health setting. It discusses requesting prescriptions, maintaining records, storing, administering and disposing of medication, self-medication and issues that might arise in the administration of medication.

You will automatically get a course certificate on course completion – with your name, the CPD hours, the date and learning objectives.


Once you’ve completed this course, you’ll have a knowledge of:

  • The principles of safe and appropriate handling of medicines set out by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain
  • The importance of record-keeping
  • Prescription requests
  • Medication for people who lack capacity
  • Medication storage and disposal
  • Administering medication, including supporting self-administration
  • The use of monitored dosage systems 
  • Privacy and confidentiality
  • Training
  • Reporting errors
  • Transfers to other settings


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