The importance of administrating medication is vital for the well-being of your care users and success of your business. In this blog, we will look at:
- The legal guidelines regarding administrating medication.
- The role of a care assistant/registered nurse
- Staff training and competence
- What we offer at The Training Initiative and Pro-Vida Care
As they have recently been updated, the new legal guidelines for medication administration state that care assistants are allowed to administer medications to residents, providing they are suitably trained. (See below for more information.) As well as having the correct training in place, it is vital that the care provider is competent, and the administration is kept under constant review by the care home manager.
This legal practice applies to both care homes with and without nursing in place to continue the welfare of its residents.
Therefore, what is the role of a care assistant regarding the administration of medication? We have clarified that medication should only be given out by contempt and trained members of staff. So,
- Taking tablets, capsules, oral mixtures
- Applying a cream/ointment
- Inserting drops to ears, nose, or eyes
- Administering inhaled medicines
must all be required of the car assistant. Whilst doing this, the assistant should make sure all their actions are carried out carefully, safely, and correctly. For example, making sure that the correct dosage is administered and what to do if a client refuses to take their medication. This is crucial for the safety and health of your service users and the progress of your company.
Managers also need regular assessments of care home residents to make sure that service users are getting the correct care and dosage regarding medication.
As well as the correct training in place, it is to be understood by service workers that they have a duty of care to clients. The legal practice of care relies solely on the registered nurse or the care assistant. This includes delegation, accountability, liability, and criminal responsibility.
What do care workers need to be trained in regarding administering medication?
To be a fully qualified care worker you need to have training in the following areas:
- The disposal, supply and storage of medicines,
- The safe administration of medicines,
- Quality assurance and record-keeping,
- Accountability, responsibility, and confidentiality,
- The recording of any errors or incidents of the said medication.
At The Training Initiative, we offer courses to fully train your members of staff ensuring they are fully confident in administrating medication for clients. The course is taught by our specialist trainer, Rich Whittingham, who has years of experience in this field. If you are interested in fully qualifying your staff, do not hesitate to get in touch with our team. We look forward to working with you!