Administration of medicines: online learning about safety

Last updated: April 30, 2020

Safe administration of medicines  (Wirral University Teaching Hospital, 2019)
Access: Free, and no login required.
Audience: Secondary care nurses and midwives, but potentially applicable to other sectors e.g. care homes.
Content: 25 minute scenario-based video, raising awareness about the 6 'rights' of  safe administration. 
IV therapy  (Northamptonshire Healthcare NHSFT, via NHS e-learning Repository, 2019)
Access: Scroll down and click on blue 'NLMS Link' to activate. Free, and no login required.
Audience: Nurses & registered practitioners who are required within their role to deliver intravenous medication.
Content: E-learning including maths, accountability, complications, line selection, methods of administration, stability, line care, and infection control. This is part 1 of a two-part course, the second part of which is a practical competency assessment (not available online).
Compatibility of injections  (University Hospital Southampton NHSFT, 2019)
Access: Free, and no login required.
Audience: Junior hospital pharmacists, but applicable to others e.g. nurses. The tutorial also includes a link to nurse-specific training on this subject from the same authors.
Content: Explains what incompatibility is, the safety implications, and how to reduce risks to patients. 
Administration of medicines  (University Hospital Southampton NHSFT, 2020)
Access: Free, and no login required.
Audience: Junior hospital pharmacists, but may be useful to other hospital professionals at the beginning of their careers e.g. trainee nurses, clinical support staff.
Content: Introduction to methods by which medicines are given; mainly IV, SC, IM and by mouth. 
Medicines management  (London & SE Postgraduate Medical & Dental Education, undated)
Access: Click on image of orange document for meds management module; for legal aspects of prescribing see blue titles in left hand margin. Free, and no login required.
Audience: Secondary care nurses for meds management module, but legal aspects on this site for any prescriber.
Content: Workbook with ‘spot the prescribing error’, calculation tests, and reflective log. Can print out or use online. Legal aspects of prescriptions in primary and secondary care, and some risk reduction guidance. 
Medicines management  (North Middlesex University Hospital NHSFT, via NHS e-learning Repository, 2019)
Access: Scroll to bottom of page and click on blue 'LMS File' link. Free, and no login required.
Audience: Secondary care nurses and nursing associates, but potentially useful to other hospital workers e.g. some clinical support staff.
Content: A refresher that includes CDs, fridge monitoring, record keeping, omitted and delayed doses etc. Includes ref to some Middlesex local policies.
Medicines use in care homes  (PrescQIPP, undated)
Access: A personal or institutional subscription is required. Select from 'Available courses'.
Audience: Care home staff involved in any aspect of medicines use.
Content: Role of CQC, NICE guidelines and quality standards; management of medicines and self-medicating residents in care homes; administration of inhalers, eye drops, topical medicines, and 'when required' medicines; refused and omitted doses; covert administration; controlled drugs; homely remedies; waste medicines reduction; ‘high risk’ or specialist medicines. There are 3 courses which each take around 2.5 hours to complete but are designed to be completed in stages and not in one sitting. 
Managing medicines for adults receiving social care in the community  (PrescQIPP, undated)
Access: A personal or institutional subscription is required. Select from 'Available courses'.
Audience: Social care providers in the community who deal with medicines.
Content: Based on guideline 67 from NICE. It focuses on medicine-related processes which social care providers need to consider. Includes the administration of tablets/capsules, topical medicines, and inhalers. The two courses together take around 5 to 6 hours to complete but are designed to be completed in stages and not finished in one sitting.