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Safer Use of Medicines

The Safer Use of Medicines Course is essential training for all nurses and midwives.


To increase knowledge and awareness on the safe and effective use of insulin, anticoagulant therapy and injectable medicines.


By the end of the day participants will be able to:

  • Discuss how to minimise risk when preparing and administering injectable medicines
  • Prepare and administer flushes, boluses and infusions via intravenous cannula.
  • Discuss principles of safer prescribing and administration of insulin
  • Demonstrate competence in safe use of anticoagulant therapies (e-learning module prior to attending course)
  • Demonstrate competence in completion of single check of TTH’s (e-learning module prior to attending course)


Please note all applications should be made by the line manager/designated member of staff.

View information about dates, venues, availability and to book a session

For all e-learning modules- please see e-learning


Drug Calculations

Part of the course is a drug calculations test which consists of 5 Level 2 Clinical questions. This test must be passed in order to complete the course. A resit will be offered to those who do not pass on the first attempt. The Clinical Skills Centre is open Monday to Friday 0800-1700. Please e-mail wih-tr.clinicalskillscentre@nhs.net to book a time slot for a resit. There is online support via SN@P Education is available for those who wish to refresh their skills prior to attending the course or prior to attending resit. For details on how to access this support, please click here and to create your own practice assessments click here

Staff who fail both tests will be offered further support but must not administrate medicines unsupervised until the test has been successfully passed.

For individuals who feel they require additional support with calculations there is a half day course 'Drug Calculations for Nurses and Midwives' which can be booked here

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