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NCFE CACHE Level 2 Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health and Social Care

FREE online course based remotely, to help you understand the safe handling of medication

CT Skills Limited


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  • You are currently living in England - postcode eligibility applies...
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7 weeks · Self-paced
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Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health and Social Care (RQF)
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153 CPD hours / points
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*Please first check eligibility requirements before enquiring. You must:

  • Be currently living in England - postcode eligibility applies (see the requirements section for more information)
  • Have been a resident in the UK/EU for 3+ years - for purposes other than study
  • Be aged 19+ years
  • Not be on an apprenticeship

Want to learn about the safe handling of medication?

Our Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health and Social Care course is essential for anyone managing medication. Modern medicines are powerful substances that benefit millions of people worldwide. However, the inappropriate use or handling of these substances can have severe, or even fatal consequences. If you work in a Health and Social Care setting, the completion of this course will support you to achieve Standard 13 in the Care Certificate - Health and Safety in relation to administering medication.


Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health and Social Care (RQF)

Awarded by NCFE CACHE
Regulated by Ofqual


153 CPD hours / points
Accredited by The CPD Certification Service


Up-to-date knowledge of the safe handling of medicines is essential for anyone handling with medication. This course is an excellent introduction to the different types of medicines and how to record, store and handle them appropriately. Reducing medication errors can save hundreds of thousands from adverse consequences each year.


  • Achieve a nationally recognised Level 2 qualification
  • Improve your understanding of the reasons why individuals display behaviour that challenges and their impact
  • Further your personal and professional development
  • Be able to support individuals effectively
  • Learn at a time that suits you without the need to attend college


  • Understand medication and prescriptions
  • Supply, storage and disposal of medication
  • Understand the requirements for the safe administrations of medication
  • Record-keeping and audit processes for medication

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for everyone, however you might find it particularly interesting and useful if you want a career in Health and Social Care.


You must live in one of the following counties to receive funding for the course from the Department of Education.

  • Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire
  • Cheshire East & West, Cornwall, Cumbria
  • Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset
  • Essex
  • Gloucestershire
  • Hampshire, Herefordshire, Humberside
  • Isle of Wight, Isles of Scilly
  • Kent
  • Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire
  • Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire
  • Oxfordshire
  • Rutland
  • Shropshire, Somerset, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Surrey, Sussex
  • Warwickshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire

Career path

The objective of this qualification is to develop the learner's understanding of medication handling, which could be used to support their role in the workplace, or where they may work or interact with individuals needing medication.


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Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At Reed Courses, 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.

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