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Training for non-registered medicines workforce

A wide range of people; non-registered and registered workforce, patients and their carers all contribute to safe handling and care with medicines. It is important that people feel confident and competent to manage medicines safely and that people are supported to make shared decisions about their health and medicines.

Developing your skills - non-registered medicines workforce

To achieve the essential skills, we have worked with health and social care colleagues and our local Excellence Centres to develop a collection of medicines related training resources for non-registered staff across the wider workforce.

Safe management of medicines for social care staff e-Learning Modules 

These modules support the medicines administration resources we have developed.

The Safe Management of Medicines for Social Care Staff elearning modules are aimed at the non-registered medicines workforce, focusing on the knowledge and skills necessary to handle and administer medicines safely in domiciliary and residential settings. It also explains some of the differences between handling medicines in residential care homes compared with nursing care homes. The materials are based on the requirements of the CQC and NICE.Please visit eLearning for healthcare to find out more and access the learning.

Medicines Related Competencies and Skills for Health National Occupational Standards (NOS)

Each NOS contains an agreed set of knowledge and understanding and performance criteria that must be met before someone can be deemed competent. They describe the minimum standard to which an individual is expected to work in a given occupation. Competencies search can be found here

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

Designed for learners wishing to develop their understanding of the safe handling of medicines. They may be learners who wish to access this training with a view to progress to further qualifications, or learners who wish to study this programme in order to complement other studies. Visit the QualHub website to find out more.

The Care Certificate

An identified set of standards that health and social care workers adhere to in their daily working life. Designed with the non-regulated workforce in mind, the Care Certificate gives everyone the confidence that workers have the same introductory skills, knowledge and behaviours to provide compassionate, safe and high-quality care and support. Find out more by visiting the Skills for Care website.