Use of Medication in Social Care Settings: A Legal Perspective

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CU1572 Support use of medication in social care settings

1. Understand the legislative framework for the use of medication in social care settings

1.1 Identify legislation that governs the use of medication in social care settings

The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (and later amendments)
The Misuse of Drugs (Safe Custody) Regulations 1973 (and later amendments) The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974),
COSHH
The Mental Capacity Act (2005)
The Access to health records Act (1990),
The Data Protection Act (1998) plus equality legislation.

1.2 Outline the legal classification system for medication

General Sale List (GSL) these medicines can be purchased from any shop. Pharmacy Only (PO) these medicines may only be purchased from a pharmacy.
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The person dispensing must also be appropriately trained, follow safe systems of work and understand the side effects of various drugs; be able to access appropriate information and understand when to access advice or further information

Person administering the medication support an individual to take medication through following care plans or support plans; staying with the person to support them to take it; using appropriate equipment (spoon etc) and a drink of water and of course reassuring communication and of course time.

Prescribing – To order a medicine or other treatment (e.g. The doctor writes you a prescription: the diabetic nurse changes the dose of the insulin).
Dispensing- To prepare and distribute medicines (i.e. the prescription is given to the pharmacist at the chemist to fill) Supporting – Administering – Checking medication requirements against the Medication Administration Record and prepare and give these to the service user: open bottles and packets of tablets and remove them for the service user to take; pour out a dosage of medicine; open a medication compliance aid and give the medication to the service user to take; apply creams; apply eye, ear, and nose drops.
Assisting – At the request of the service user, opening bottles and packets; removing lids; popping pills out of packages when the service user cannot physically do this and has asked the care worker to help with that specific medicine;
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