Administer medication to individuals and monitor the effects
1- Understand legislation, policies and procedures relevant to administration of medication.
Legislation: Health and Social Care Act; the Medicines Act and The Misuse of Drugs Act.
Guidelines could include the Nursing Midwifery Guidelines for the management of medicine administration - registered nurses have to abide by this set of guidelines and for paid carers, the General Social Care Council's Code of Conduct will have something which could relate to medication.
Policy - for example - consider the Government's drive to ensure people with dementia are not over medicated - so their policy is currently designed to 'push' the professionals responsible for prescribing to bear in mind the effect of drugs on frail elderly people and to consider alternative treatments such as activities and therapies. Other examples of policy might be the Government’s drive to limit the prescribing of antibiotics to reduce the incidence of resistant strains of bacteria.
Protocols - a protocol is a procedure and you could outline your company's procedure (protocol) for disposing of controlled drugs or medication in general.
2- Know about common types of medication and their use.
Antibiotics- The most common side effects of antibiotics affect the digestive system. These occur in around 1 in 10 people.
Side effects of antibiotics that affect the digestive system include: being sick feeling sick diarrhea bloating and indigestion abdominal pain loss of appetite
Ibuprofen- Ibuprofen can cause a number of side effects.
For this reason, take lowest possible dose of ibuprofen for the shortest possible time needed to control your symptoms.
Common side effects of ibuprofen include: nausea (feeling sick) vomiting (being sick) diarrhoea (passing loose, watery stools) indigestion (dyspepsia) abdominal (tummy) pain