1. Understand the aims and principles for the safe administration of medication.
1.1 Define the term medication
1.2 State the benefits of medications
1.3 State the risks associated with taking medications
1.4 Outline the roles and responsibilities in the use of medications in the health and social care setting
1.5 Describe the rights of the patient when administering medication
2. Understand the legislation and guidelines for the administration of medications.
2.1 Outline the requirements of current legislation for the safe handling and the administration of medications
2.2 Describe the different classifications of medicines
2.3 Outline the requirements of current legislation for patient confidentiality
2.4 State the process required for gaining consent before administering medication
3. Know the preparations and precautions to be taken prior to and after the administration of medication to a patient.
3.1 Identify the different types of common medicine groups used in health and social care
3.2 Describe the different routes for the administration of medication
3.3 Describe the requirements for recording appropriate documentation following the administration of medications to patients
3.4 Identify the appropriate locations and conditions to store medications safely
3.5 Describe the procedure for the safe disposal of medications
3.6 Describe the actions to take in the event of a adverse reaction following the administration of medication