Medication Awareness

Course Description

This course is an awareness to medication in the care setting. The course covers pertinent issues such as safe storage and also disposal of medication whilst outlining exactly what a medication is. The course is ideal for carers to have an awareness of what medications are and how they should be managed within the health and social care setting .The course then is utilised as a foundation to safe administration of medication.

Course Outline

  • Defining what is meant by the term medication
  • Establishing who is involved with the process in relation to roles and responsibilities.
  • How to safely store medication and what are the legal requirements
  • How to safely dispose of medication and the legal / local policy requirements

Course Duration



The trainer will carry out an on-going assessment.


All delegates will receive a certificate of attendance.


The course can be delivered at locations to suit the client or at one of our training venues.

More About This Course

Medication Awareness Training

Most people working in the health and social care sector are going to encounter dealing with medication as part of their general duties. People in residential care often have complex medication needs. Ensuring they receive the correct medication in a timely and safe fashion is a key part of their care. Making certain that everyone employed in the care sector has an understanding of medication is therefore a key priority.

Medication training for carers is essential

Medication training for carers is essential. This will include people working in care home settings such as care workers, support workers, nursing assistants and other front-line care roles. Medication awareness training covers the basic administration, managing, handling and prescribing of medicines in a safe and professional manner. It provides a comprehensive overview of how to manage the medication needs of care home residents and looks at the legal responsibilities that are involved. It also provides an all-round foundation for the safe administration of medicines and should ensure that anyone who has undergone the training is equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to carry out their duties.

What does the course involve?

The course begins by exploring what exactly medication is. It looks at how medications are used to cure disease or infection or to stabilise an existing condition or to provide pain relief. In any care setting where medication is handled, stored and administered, there needs to be a clear understanding of roles and responsibilities.

It also explores the correct way to store medication in order to maintain safety and efficacy. A key part of the course is legal requirements around medication. Understandably, where medication is concerned, the legislation is exact and needs to be fully understood. Legislation and local policy also determines how unwanted or left-over medication is disposed of. By the end of the course participants will have a good grounding in the safe and legal, handling, administration, storage and disposal of medication.

How long is the course and how is it assessed?

The Embark Learning medication awareness training course lasts for three hours and the trainer will carry out ongoing assessment. Everyone who completes the course will receive a certificate. The course can be delivered at a location to suit the attenders or at one of Embark Learning’s training venues.

A strong foundation

Embark Learning’s medication training for care workers aims to give those employed in the sector a strong foundation in the safe administration of medicines. Embark Learning’s medication awareness training leaves learners motivated, enthused and well-equipped to be an asset to their workplace. Feedback is provided to learners and their employers. The focus throughout is on the needs and dignity of clients in care settings to ensure their needs are comprehensively and safely met. Embracing best practice throughout the Embark Learning medication awareness training gives learners the confidence to carry out their roles and be an asset to their workplace.

Get in touch today to find out more about Embark Learning and our range of training and certificates for health and social care workers.