1. Understand the legislative framework for the use of medication in social care settings
1.1 Identify legislation that governs the use of medication in social care settings
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
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.
They must reflect on legislation so that the policies and procedures are correct and are the correct way of doing things.
2. Know about common types of medication and their use
2.1 Identify common types of medication
Analgesics most people use painkillers to treat mild conditions including head and muscle aches
Antibiotics are used to treat infections and illnesses that care caused by bacteria; antibiotics are available on prescription and are used to treat a variety of common infections.
*oral antibiotics tablets, pills and capsules or a liquid that you drink which can be used to treatmost types of mild to