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University of East Anglia

Medicine Administration for Carers

University of East Anglia via FutureLearn


Understand the key principles of medicine administration

On this course you will learn about the underlying principles and procedures of medicine administration. You will consider the legislation and guidance surrounding medicines administration, including requirements for medicines storage and record keeping. You will also learn the 6 ‘Rs’ of medicine administration: right patient, right medicine, right route, right dose, right time and resident’s right to refuse.

Through the course you will learn through articles, videos and discussion - giving you the opportunity to collaborate and learn from other carers.

This course is primarily for care workers in residential care home and nursing home services in the UK. It will be also be of interest to other people working in adult care services including those working in sheltered housing, supported living services, extra care housing services, adult placement homes and other residential care services.


  • Introduction to Medicines
    • Welcome to the course
    • Introduction to medicines and the law
    • End of week activity
  • Residential Care
    • The right resident and the resident's right to refuse
    • The right route
    • End of week activity
  • Medicines Management
    • Supply, storage and disposal of medicines
    • Right medicine, right dose, right time
    • End of week activity
    • Final steps of the course

Taught by

Rina Matala


4.7 rating at FutureLearn based on 42 ratings

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