Support use of Medication in Social Care settings
Within this unit I aim to assess the support for the use of medication in a social care setting. I will cover broad types, classifications and forms of medication, as well as safe handling and storage. I will address practical support for use of medication that reflects social care principles and values. It will include the need for accurate recording and reporting.
There are many different legislations that governs the use of medication in social care settings, one of these include The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. From 2011 it defines the fundamental structure and authority for the encouragement, regulation and enforcement of workplace health, safety and welfare of the United Kingdom. Another includes The Medication Act 1968, it governs the medicines for human use and veterinary use, which includes the manufacture of and supply of medicines. The act defines three categories of medicines, prescription only medicines (POM) Pharmacy medicines (P) and the general sales list (GSL). Another is The Misuse of Drug Act 1971. This represents action in line with treaty commitments under the single convention of Narcotic Drugs, Convention of Psychotropic Substances and the United Convention against illicit Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic substances. Some offences under this act include; possession of a controlled drug unlawfully and possession of a control drug with the intent to supply it.
The legal classification system for medication is split into 3 categories Class A, Class B and Class C. The different kind of controlled drugs often referred to as ‘illegal drugs’ are part of The Misuse of Drugs Act which is the main piece of legislation covering drugs and their categorisation. Class A includes drugs such as Heroin, LSD, Ecstasy, Mushrooms and Amphetamines (if prepared for injection.) Class B includes Cannabis, Amphetamines, Methylphenidate and Pholcodine. Class C includes...