Introduction to the Safe Handling of Medicines

We can deliver training in the Safe Administration of Medication (SAMS) in the following ways: 
In-House: We will call to your Social Care Centre or Service to deliver this bespoke Safe Administration of Medication at a time that suits you and your staff team. 
Virtual: We can deliver this course to your staff team vis MS Teams or Zoom with a live instructor to answer all queries. 
Online: Complete this course in your own time and at your own pace. 

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Medication management refers to the safe, clinically effective and economic use of medicines to ensure that people using health and social care services get the maximum benefit from the medicines they need, while at the same time minimising potential harm.
Medication safety involves giving the right person the right medication in the right dose at the right time and by the correct route. In line with the relevant national standards, service providers are expected to have arrangements in place to ensure the safe and effective use of medicines, including assessing, prescribing, dispensing, administering, documenting, reconciling, reviewing and assisting people with their medications.
This course covers medication management and medication safety within the Social Care setting

Course Content

  • Principles of Medication Management (definitions, core elements etc)
  • Irish Legislation and Standards and your policies and procedures.
  • Understanding Medicines, common benefits and dangers.
  • Practical elements of checking and recording
  • Group Work (NB requires access to local Documentation)
  • Medication Errors - includes best practice for reducing errors.
As an in house programme this course can be amended for best fit and will be tailored to meet the needs of social care staff, in line with current HIQA Guidelines. Examples and Role-plays used will be specific to the group. Medication policies and procedures from the organisation will be covered on the course if provided to us in advance. MCQ will be completed by each participant. - MCQ's can be tailored to include specific local policy needs if required. 


An NB Training Services, Safe Administration of Medication Certificate will be issued to all participants which is valid for 2 years.

Onsite & Virtual Options

We will call to your Social Care Centre or Service to deliver this bespoke Safe Administration of Medication for Social Care Workers at a time that suits you and your Social Care Workers. We can also deliver this course by ZOOM or MS Teams to meet your staffs needs. 
This Medication Management Training course and can be delivered onsite nationwide and in all counties and surrounding areas including: Meath | Louth | Longford | Leitrim | Kildare | Dublin | Cavan | Offaly | Monaghan | Westmeath |

If you need in-house or on-site Introduction to the Safe Handling of Medicines Training please contact us or arrange a callback.

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60 minutes

This online Introduction to the Safe Handling of Medicines course will commence by explaining the key terminology used when handling medicines. It then takes you into detail about some of the different groups of medicines, providing different levels of support to patients, the roles of the individuals involved, label interpretation, infection control, and lots more.

Online Course Content: 
  • Introduction to the course
  • Terminology explained
  • The roles of those involved, legislation and licensing
  • Groups of medicines
  • Levels of support and routes of entry
  • Infection Control and equipment for dispensing
  • Label interpretation, record keeping and The Seven Rights


On successful completion of this course the learner will receive an NB Training Services, CPD approved Introduction to the Safe Handling of Medicines Certificate which is valid for 2 years. 

Why do this course with us?

  • Complete in your own time and at your own pace
  • Instant certificate upon completion
  • Company Accounts get access to all employee certificates
  • Closed captioning available
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