1.1 Understand the legislative framework for the use of medication in social care settings. 1. Identify legislation that governs the use of medication in social care settings. The Medicines Act 1968
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),
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.
The classification of medicines are all related to the medicines act 1968, while working with medication it is good to have an understanding and working knowledge of the common types of 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. Prescription Only Medicines (POM) these medicines can only be obtained with a prescription.
Controlled Drugs (CDs) are prescription only medicines, defined as ’potentially addictive’ and therefore are subject to additional legal requirements under the Misuse of Drugs Act
1.3 Explain how and why policies and procedures or agreed ways of working must reflect and incorporate legislative requirements.
The policies and procedures are put in place to make sure that legislation is being followed so that all people in the setting, staff and the people who need care are being cared for are safe, all needs are being met, inclusive practise and diversity is being followed out and that the setting is staying within the law. They must reflect on legislation so that the policies and procedures are correct and are the correct way of doing things. For example if a health and safety procedure was put in place and was not in line with legislation then this could cause the setting to get in trouble with the law and could cause harm to the person who was in need of