QCF Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care
Emma- Louise O’Shea
Values in Care
Unit 331 Support the use of Medication in Social Care Settings.
Identify legislation that governs the use of medication in social care settings.
Also; Unit 616 1.1 Identify current legislation, guidelines, policies and protocols relevant to the administration of medication.
There are a few pieces of legislation that governs administering medication to people:
• The Medicines Act (1968) requires that the local pharmacist or dispensing doctor is responsible for supplying medication and that they can only do so on receipt of a prescription from a doctor
• The Misuse of Drugs Act (1971) controls dangerous or otherwise harmful drugs, designated as Controlled Drugs (CDs). The main purpose of this act is to prevent the misuse of Controlled Drugs.
• The Misuse of Drugs and the Misuse of Drugs (Safe Custody)(Amendment) Regulations 2007 specifies about handling, record keeping and storage of controlled drugs safely and correctly
• The Safer Management of Controlled Drugs Regulations (2006) specifies how controlled drugs are stored, administered and disposed of. Controlled drugs must be kept in a controlled drug cabinet that complies with these regulations. Records must be made for all controlled drug transactions
• The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) underpins regulations intended to reduce the risk posed by hazardous substances
• The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations (1999) requires employers to take all reasonable measures to protect their employees from potentially dangerous substances or materials that they may come into contact with while at work
• The Hazardous Waste Regulations (2005) defines household and industrial waste and includes medications that are no longer required. Basically, care homes with nursing must use a clinical waste company to dispose of their unwanted medicines....