Medicines Management for Nurses & AHPs - Level 3 - Online CPD Course

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3 CPD hours / points
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Medicines Management for Nurses & AHPs - Level 3 - Online CPD Training Course for Nurses & Allied Health Professionals.

Medicines management involves the safe and cost-effective use of medicines in clinical practice, with maximum patient benefits while minimising potential harm. It is essential for medicines to be prescribed and administered correctly within the recommended framework for safe practice in medicines management. This online medicines management course was developed for registered nurses and allied health professionals (AHPs).

Medicines management training for nurses and AHPs

Study method – Online, self-paced

Course format – Online (24/7 access), modular

Course duration – Part-time (1-year access)

Qualification – CPD certificate of completion

Course delivery – via desktop PC/MAC, laptops, tablets or smartphones

Awarded body – CPD Accreditation Service (UK)

Anticipated duration (Indicative CPD hours) – 4 hours.

Why is this course important?

Did you know?

  • One-quarter of the population has a long-term condition
  • One-quarter of people over 60 have two or more long-term conditions
  • With an ageing population, the use of multiple medicines (known as polypharmacy) is increasing
  • Between 30-50% of drugs prescribed for long-term conditions are not taken as intended.

This comprehensive medicines management module was developed for senior health and social care support workers, registered nurses and allied healthcare professionals who handle and administer medications. It enhances their understanding of how drugs act on the body and major organs.

Further, this module helps healthcare and social care professionals to identify some potential side effects and adverse drug reactions that service users could experience and how to manage them well. Lastly, this module allows learners to undertake a variety of drug calculations and to ensure that opportunities for dosage errors are minimised.

Assessment and certification

At the end of this Medicines management online training course, learners will be required to complete an online assessment. On successful completion of the knowledge test (80% pass mark), learners will be able to download a FREE CPD certificate that can be used to provide evidence for audit and compliance.

Course accreditation

The content of this Medicines management online training course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

All learning materials are designed in collaboration with The Mandatory Training Group, the leading UK providers of workforce development solutions for all sectors.

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Legislative and regulatory framework

All our healthcare and social care courses are compliant with the relevant regulatory and legislative frameworks, including:

  • Skills for Health’s UK Core Skills Training Framework (CSTF);
  • Skills for Care’s Care Certificate;
  • CQC’s Common Induction Standards;
  • Resuscitation Council (UK) Guidelines;
  • National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines;
  • Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and many other regulatory organisations’ recommendations for employers and employees

E-learning for health care & social care organisations

  • Are you looking to buy multiple CPD online training courses?
  • Or perhaps explore the benefits of online learning, blended learning and how to set up your organisational e-learning?
  • Regardless of how big or small your e learning requirements are, MHC Training Solutions will help you to stay ahead with online learning.

Medicines Management for Nurses & AHPs - Level 3 - Online CPD Training Course for Nurses & Allied Health Professionals.


3 CPD hours / points
Accredited by The CPD Certification Service


Course aims and objectives

The aim of this medicines management online training course is to improve healthcare professionals’ awareness of the key principles for the safe handling and administration of medicines.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this medicines management e-learning course, learners will be able to:

  • Describe how the law affects the way practitioners can manage and administer medicines,
  • Define some medical and technical terms,
  • Understand the effect of age on the body and its impact on medications,
  • Know the different types of medicines,
  • Develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to administer medicines within the health and care settings competently,
  • Identify the need for accurate written documentation and audit in the safe handling of medication,
  • Identify how to deal with special requirements such as "when required" medications and controlled drugs,
  • Explain the importance of labels and prescriptions of medicines,
  • Explain how drugs act on the body and major organs,
  • Recognise some side effects and adverse drug reactions of prescribed medicines,
  • Describe and know how to deal with side effects, adverse drug events and drug interactions, and
  • Ensure best practice is followed for the supply, storage of medicines within the care setting.

What is covered in this online course?

This medicines management e-learning course includes the following:

  • Unit 1 - Introduction
    • Statistics and figures relating to medicines
    • Key definitions:
      • Therapeutic index of a drug
      • Therapeutic drug dose
      • Toxic drug dose
      • The drug dosage margin
      • Problem drugs
      • Half-life of a drug
      • Maximising the known half-life of a drug
      • Steady state of a drug
      • Drug potency
      • Comparing drug potency
  • Unit 2 - Legislation and regulations
    • Relevant legislation
      • The Medicines Act 1968
      • Misuse of Drugs Act 1971
        • Penalties under the Act
        • Class A drugs
        • Class B drugs
        • Class C drugs
      • The Misuse of Drugs (Safe Custody) Regulations 1973
      • Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001
      • Responsible Pharmacist Regulations 2009
      • The accountable officer
      • Controlled Drugs (Supervision of Management and Use) Regulations 2006
      • Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974
        • So far as is reasonably practicable
        • Regulations, Guidance and Approved Codes of Practice
        • The Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
        • The HSE’s duties
        • HSE and health and social care services
      • Care Standards Act 2000
      • Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010
      • Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005
      • Mental Capacity Act 2005
        • The five MCA principles
        • Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA)
      • Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000
      • Safer Management of Controlled Drugs Regulations 2006
        • Response to the Shipman Inquiry’s Fourth Report
      • Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2010
      • NICE guidance for managing medicines in care homes
      • Key recommendations from NICE guidance
      • Health and social care regulations for UK countries
        • Health and social care regulation in England
        • Health and social care regulation in Scotland
        • Health and social care regulation in Wales
        • Health and social care regulation in Northern Ireland
      • Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain
      • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • Unit 3 - Understanding medicines and prescriptions
    • Key definitions
    • The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
    • Licensing
    • British National Formulary
    • The MHRA and borderline products
    • Categories of Medicines
    • Controlled drug schedules
    • Names of medicines
    • Drugs - Mechanism of action
    • How medicines act on the body
    • Pathology and physiology
    • Side effects and adverse drug reactions
    • What is an Adverse Drug Reaction?
    • Drugs commonly involved in ADRs
    • High-risk patient groups
    • Reporting adverse drug events
    • The Yellow Card reporting system
    • Black Triangle Drugs
    • How to identify an ADR
    • Types of adverse drug reactions
    • How to reduce ADRs
    • Drug interactions
    • Drugs commonly involved in interactions
    • Ageing and medication
    • Professional responsibilities and accountability
    • Adherence to policies and procedures
  • Unit 4 - Prescription and administration of medicines
    • Who can prescribe?
      • Independent prescribers
      • Supplementary prescribers
    • Types of prescriptions
      • Community prescriptions
      • Validity of a prescription
      • The front of the prescription
      • The back of the prescription
      • Inpatient prescriptions
      • Private prescriptions
    • Patient Group Directives (PGD)
    • Dispensing labels
      • Administering the medicine
      • Patient information leaflets
    • The role of the pharmacist
    • Homely Remedies/Symptomatic Relief Protocol (SRP)
  • Unit 5 - Methods of administering medications
    • Five rights of medication administration
    • Administration frequency
    • Time of administration
    • Administration with, before and after food
    • Other directions
    • Medication routes
    • Systemic medications
    • Rectal and parenteral systemic medications
    • Topical medications
    • Topical steroids
  • Unit 6 - Safe administration of medicines
    • Categories for medicines administration
    • Self-administration
    • Part-administration
    • Full-administration
    • Drug calculations
      • Unit conversions
      • Tablet conversions
      • Half-tablets
      • Liquid calculations
      • Rates of Infusion (through a pump)
      • Rates of Infusion (drops per minute)
  • References and resources.

Why choose MHC Training Solutions’ online training courses?

MHC Training Solutions is a leading provider of accredited mandatory training courses including health and safety courses, healthcare training courses, health and social care training courses, home care training, online training courses, management courses and clinical skills workshops among many others.

There are other benefits of choosing MHC Training Solutions’ as your e-learning training provider, including:

  • free blended learning environment for individuals and meeting UK compliance requirements
  • An approved UK training centre
  • Over 1000 online CPD courses
  • Internationally recognized CPD certificates
  • SCORM compliant e-Learning courses
  • TIN CAN compliant e-Learning courses
  • organizations to support existing training
  • competitively priced online training courses
  • immediate access to online learning materials
  • minimise travel costs and man hour costs of classroom training
  • minimise hours and days spent away in classroom training
  • download or print CPD certificates on completion
  • UK accredited e-learning provider
  • Ofqual accredited qualifications
  • Free blended learning environment to support existing training
  • Substantial cost reductions (no travel fees & other expenses)
  • Embrace the benefits of e-Learning for healthcare providers
  • Online training only takes as long as the learners needs
  • Low carbon footprint through e learning
  • Repository of online learning materials and assessment
  • Fully qualified and experienced trainers, instructors and assessors
  • Subject matter experts and content developers
  • Convert your existing classroom courses to e-learning courses

All training courses based on latest guidance and best practice

Health care and social care training experts

All our online training courses are written in line with established CPD Standards and comply with the requirements of all Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulated organisations, including:

  • NHS Trusts;
  • Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs);
  • GP practices;
  • private hospitals and other healthcare providers;
  • nursing and residential care homes;
  • community based adult social care provider;
  • recruitment agencies and locum agencies supplying staff to the NHS and the private sector

Who is this course for?

This medicines management online course was developed for frontline healthcare professionals including:

  • Registered nurses and midwives,
  • Allied health professionals (AHPs),
  • Nursing associates, and
  • Senior health and social care support workers.


To complete this Medicines management online training course, you will need access to a computer device, e.g., desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone device

Career path

The Mandatory Training Group’s online courses range from introductory modules at Level 1 to advanced and expert modules up to Level 6.

Our e-learning modules count towards CPD hours for professionals in various sectors to meet mandatory and statutory requirements.

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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 ABC Awards and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.


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