Administer medication to individuals and monitor the effects
Identify current legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures relevant to the administration of medication
Medicines Act 1968
This is an Act of Parliament within the United Kingdom. It governs the control of medicines for both human and animal use by Doctors and Veterinarians. It also manages the manufacture and supply of medicines.
The act supplies us with 3 categories of medicine : -
1. Prescription only medicines – medicines available only from a pharmacy if prescribed by a practitioner. Can find phrase 'POM' on the box.
2. Pharmacy medicines – medicines available only from a pharmacist, but do not need a ...view middle of the document...
Misuse of Drugs (Safe Custody) Amendment Regulations 2007
These are the regulations that control how drugs are stored within the Care Home, and they are referred to specifically in the Care Standards. Controlled Drugs must be kept within the Controlled Drugs Cabinet – which must comply with these regulations. The regulations state the quality, construction, fixing and lock and key for the cupboard.
Care Home Regulations 2001
These regulations are secondary law which mean they must be complied with. They are to be taken into account alongside the National Minimum Standards. The regulations contain the details of the legal duties and responsibilities of care home owners, managers and staff in regards to the running of the home.
Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
This act governs the regulation and enforcement of health, safety and welfare in the workplace.
It defines the roles and responsibilities of staff, employers, contractors, people who run workplaces and general public.
It enabled the birth of governing bodies such as the Health and Safety Executive and Health and Safety Commission. Over time, these have merged and have been re-enforced by criminal sanctions allowing people to be fined and even face imprisonment for up to two years.
It contains guidance on the handling and storage of medication for care staff.
A set of regulations that states general requirements on employers to protect those in their care or employment from the hazards of substances used in the workplace. This can be done by risk assessment, controlled exposure, incident planning and health monitoring.
Substances hazardous to health include any material, mixture or compound used at work or arising from work activities, which is harmful to people’s health in the form in which it occurs in the work activity (e.g. solid, liquid, dust, fume, vapour, gas or micro-organism).
Exceptions to the Regulations include:
Health risks to patients arising from the substance being administered in the course of medical treatment to them e.g. (note:‘medical treatment’ means medical or dental treatment which is
conducted by, or under the direction of, a registered medical practitioner, registered dentist or non-medical prescriber).
Certain drugs will, however, require COSHH assessment because of the potential risks to others involved in their administration and disposal. This is particularly the case with cytotoxic drugs.
Following amendments made in 1999, a breach of the regulations can now lead to a fine of up-to £400, which can be upgraded to unlimited if found against in a Crown Court.
Care Standards Act 2000
Replaced the Registered Homes Act 1984 and parts of the Children's Act 1989 which regulated the care or accommodation of children.
The Act provides for the administration of a variety of care institutions including children's homes, nursing homes and residential care homes. It has reformed the law regarding the inspection and regulation of...