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NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in the Safe Handling of Medication

Ref:
603/2814/9
Sector:
Health, Public Services and Care, Health, Health and Social Care
Registration and Certification Fee
£60.00

Level
Level 3
Minimum entry age
18
GLH
112
TQT
140
Credit Value
14

What does this qualification cover?

The aim of this qualification is to increase the knowledge, understanding and skills required for the safe handling of medication.

Successful completion of this qualification may allow learners to progress onto other appropriate qualifications. It may also enhance or progress their current role in healthcare or social care.

The objectives of this qualification are to help learners to:

• support the use of medication in social care settings, and the need for accurate recording and reporting on the use of medication
• understand how to promote and safeguard the well-being of individuals in relation to medication use
• know how to provide person-centred care to individuals with dementia through the appropriate and effective use of medication
• understand the importance of physiological measurements, and how to prepare and undertake these measurements.

Who is it suitable for?

The aim of this qualification is to increase the knowledge, understanding and skills required for the safe handling of medication.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification. However, learners may find it helpful if they’ve already achieved a Level 2 qualification in medication, healthcare or social care.

Entry is at the discretion of the Centre. However, learners should be aged 18 or above to undertake this qualification.

Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement as they need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

How is this qualification structured?

Learners must achieve all 4 mandatory units:

• Support use of medication in social care settings
• Understand how to safeguard the well-being of individuals in relation to medication use
• Understand the administration of medication to individuals with dementia using a person centred approach
• Understand physiological measurements

How is it assessed?

All units will be individually internally assessed using a range of methods, which could include written assignments or case studies.

Do you need to be working to take this qualification?

Unit 01 learning outcomes 5, 7 and 8 must be assessed in the workplace using observation of practice as the primary source of evidence. See the Skills for Care and Development Assessment Principles for full requirements.

What related qualifications can you progress to?

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:

• Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care
• Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support
• Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of End of Life Care
• Level 3 Certificate in Understanding the Principles of Dementia Care.

Funding for our qualifications

Find out more about funding for this and other qualifications on our funding page.

Additonal information

This qualification has been developed in partnership with Hallmark Education.


Qualification Specification
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Qualification Factsheet
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Qualification Specification (doc)
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Internal assessments will go ahead in 2021/22, therefore moving away from results being based on Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs) used in 2020 to 2021, where this has been permitted.

Students need to prepare a portfolio of evidence. We encourage centres to review our guidance on the types of evidence, and evidence capture, that we permit including e.g. the use of video, photos and other digital means of demonstrating knowledge and skills.

Students are still required to complete the work placement, but the focus should be on learning outcomes and evidencing competence. The adaptation addendum document contains further information of how learning outcome / evidence of competence needs to be met either within the workplace or via alternative assessment methods.

Adaptations should also be applied in line with the ‘HSC, Early Years and Childcare - Joint AO Adaptation Guidance’ document which can be found below.

For further information please see the 2021/22 adaptation addendum document below.

2021-22 AT 60328149 V1.0
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HSC, EY and CC - Joint AO Adaptation Guidance 2021_22 V1.0 Sept 2021
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