Topics: Prescription drug, Pharmacology, Medicine Pages: 33 (2526 words) Published: March 20, 2015
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Support the use of medication in social
care settings:
Sheena Helyer
BA.RGN.DN. PGCE. Nurse Prescriber.

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Learning outcomes for HSC 3047
1. Understand the legislative framework for the
use of medication in social care settings.
2. Know about common types of medication and
their use.
3. Understand roles and responsibilities in the use
of medication in social care.
4. Understand techniques for administering
5. Receive, store and dispose of medication
supplies safely.
6. Know how to promote the rights of the
individual when managing medication.
7. Support the use of medication.
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8. Record
report on the use of medication.

What is a medicinal product ?
The EC defines a medicinal product as:
1. Any substance or combination of substances
presented as having properties for treating or
preventing disease in human beings.
2. Any substance or combination of substances
which may be used in or administered to human
beings either with a view to restoring, correcting
or modifying physiological functions by exerting
a pharmacological, immunological or metabolic
action, or make a medical diagnosis.

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Why is it necessary to have acts of
parliament and regulations concerning
• So that you know exactly what you are taking.
• So that medication is given to the appropriate people
in the correct amounts.
• To try to prevent people from taking medicine which is
harmful to them.
• To control infectious diseases amongst the whole
• To preserve principles such as ‘consent’ and free will. • To protect the vulnerable.
• To try to minimise unpleasant/ dangerous side effects.
• To protect health care staff and pharmacy staff.
• To encourage research and manufacture of new
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Agencies with responsibilities for
medicine use
• Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory
A government agency responsible for ensuring that medicine and medical devices work and are acceptably safe. They send out
alerts to people within health and social care to warn them of possible dangers or equipment which has be recalled.

• Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain
Inspectorate RPS
Inspection of all professional aspects of registered retail

• Care Quality Commission
This organisation sets minimum standards for care delivery.
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9 sets
the expected standards for medication use.

Name of legislation
Medicines Act 1968

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Content of
• This act regulates the
manufacture, supply,
sale and import of
medicines and
medicinal products.
• Only authorised
practitioners may
prescribe: GPs, dentists,
some nurses and
• The act divides
medicinal products into
3 categories:– Prescription only
– Pharmacy


Prescription only medicine
• These medicines can only be legally
acquired with a valid prescription
from a GP, a dentist or other
independent prescriber.
• Independent prescribers are health
professionals who have undertaken
extra training in order to prescribe
and will have their own prescription
• Many GP surgeries employ nurse
practitioners who can physically
examine patients and prescribe
from a limited formulary e.g.
antibiotics for a UTI or chest
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Pharmacy medicine
Pharmacists are very
knowledgeable about medicines and
are able to diagnose certain medical
problems. They are able to
recommend and sell certain
medicines which are not generally
available over the counter. They will
also ask questions to...
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