As the role of paramedics, doctors and nurses working in the ambulance service has moved into more specialised areas, a workforce of medicines support staff has evolved to ensure the growing list of drugs used by trusts are efficiently obtained, distributed and supplied. Historically training for such roles has been provided ad hoc, sometimes learning ‘hands on’ but often without a sound knowledge of the legal implications of such work.
The Certificate in Medicines Management for Ambulance Trust is the first course of its kind in the UK. It provides you with an understanding of what medicines are, what governs their use and your own legal responsibilities when dealing with drugs.
How will this course benefit me?
This course helps you to understand how the laws relating to the procurement, supply and management of medicines apply to you and your workplace. On completion, you will understand which medicines are used in ambulance trusts, how they should be handled and how to assess existing practice, thereby preparing more fully for future inspections.
How is the course delivered
The course consists of five modules which can be delivered as a two-day workshop with a dedicated Buttercups trainer, or as a series of online e-learning modules. Each module includes a range of learning activities and is accompanied by multiple-choice questions (completed through the Buttercups Testzone for the online course).
What ‘medicines management’ is and what it means when using drugs in the ambulance service
What laws regulate medicines and how these apply to the workplace and the individual
What controlled drugs are and how they must be managed by law
Identifying ‘best practice’ wherever medicines are handled
Error reporting, essential tasks and assessments required to optimise the safe use of medicines
As well as on-line access to results and our FAQ section, learners can talk to dedicated tutors 24/7