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Managing medicines

Essential information for people working in health and social care

Laser Learning


£30 inc VAT
Study method
Online, self-paced
2 hours
Access to content
Lifetime access
No formal qualification
Endorsed by Skills for Care
Additional info
  • Certificate of completion available and is included in the price

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This short course is aimed at a health and social care professional who has responsibility for handling medicines.

Learn about good practice in the systems and processes for managing medicines in care homes. Understand the benefits and risks associated with medication, and the consequences of administering medicines incorrectly or not keeping accurate records.



Learning outcomes

  • The learner will consider the benefits and risks associated with medication
  • The learner will understand the steps to take when administering medicines
  • The learner will be directed to best practice advice and guidance on managing medicines
  • The learner will know what to do when the person they support is prescribed medicine and does not wish to take it
  • Some of the side effects of medication will be explained to learners

Advantages of this course

  • On average, older people in care homes take seven different medications on a daily basis. If you are a health and social care practitioner that supports older people then you are likely to have responsibility for managing medicines. This is a big responsibility as the consequences of administering medicines incorrectly or not keeping accurate records can be extremely serious.
  • This course will fill gaps in a practitioners knowledge and in some cases, help to reassure them that they are supporting the people they care for in the best possible way
  • Website and video resources are utilised to explore medication management in more detail
  • There is also suggested extra reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge

After purchasing this course on Reed, a customer service representative from Laser Learning will email you with an access code and instructions on how to redeem it on the Laser Short Course website. You will need to register on the Laser Short Course website if you have not done so already.

If the purchase was made within business hours, you should expect your access code email within 1-2 hours. If your purchase was made outside of business hours, you should expect your access code email the next working day.

Who is this course for?

Health and social care professionals who are responsible for handling medicines


A computer, mobile, or tablet and an internet connection

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What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.