Support Use of Medication Essay

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1. Identify legislations 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), COSHH 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 According to Medicines Act 1968, Medicines are classified into three categories • .Prescription Only Medicine:-medication which is sold or supplied only from a registered pharmacy and in accordance with a prescription issued by an appropriate practitioner • Pharmacy medicines- medication which does not require a prescription and may be sold or supplied only in a registered pharmacy by or under the supervision of a pharmacist. • General sales list medicines - can be bought from pharmacies, supermarkets and other retail outlets without the supervision of a pharmacist. These are sometimes referred to as over-the-counter medicines. 1.3 Explain how and why policies and procedures or agreed ways of working must reflect and incorporate legislative requirements The polices and procedures put in place make sure that legislation is being followed so that all people in the setting, practitioners and thoughts 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. Staff must always have access to policies so they are able at all times to carry out work according to all legislative law. All policies and procedures must be reviewed when there is a change to legislation, the care setting, the employees and the customers. 2.1 Identify common types of medication • Codeine • Ibuprofen • Antibiotics
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