The Importance of Medicines Training

Medicines or medication training has many applications and is aimed at reducing the risk of errors in medication as well as encouraging awareness of the latest protocols and procedures for the safe administration of medications in a wide range of settings for people in various careers and positions. Depending on the sector, roles and organisations involved, medication training will have to be tailored to specific and unique requirements.

Which industries and sectors benefit from medicines training?

Wherever medicines may be administered there is a role for medicines training. Some of the key sectors that are most in need include:

  • Care homes
  • Foster care
  • Schools
  • Children’s services
  • Hospices
  • Day care
  • Local authorities
  • Assisted living

All of these sectors can involve the administering of medications, requiring an understanding of dose, interactions and many other issues that training can help with.

Which accreditation should you look for?

Making sure that the medicines training you embark on is properly accredited is vital. You should ensure that the training provider is using courses accredited by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society – the industry standard. This will help ensure quality control, but also that the training you receive is compliant with the guidelines of the Care Quality Commision in England, the Care Inspectorate in Scotland, CSSIW in Wales, as well as NICE guidelines.

Flexible training formats

Especially in the light of recent events and the pandemic it is vital that your training provider is flexible in terms of how they administer their training. You should be able to choose between face-to-face training, E-learning or paper-based distance learning. All three have their merits and may be more convenient to different individuals as well as suiting those with neurodivergence or a preference for one learning style over another.

Risk

The key to successful and strongly delivered medicines training is not only about eliminating risk by helping individuals and organisations better understand the medicines they work with, it is also about giving them the insight into how best to identify risk in the first place. Often risk can creep up on you without you even noticing but with some key techniques learned in medicines training it is possible to pinpoint risk areas and act on them before an accident happens.

Medicines training can be tailored according to budgets and time constraints as well as group sizes and should be delivered by highly skilled trained pharmacists experienced in delivering successful training programmes.