This assignment relates to
ASM34 – Administer medication to individuals and monitor the side effects
Learners are required to

Identify the laws and, policies and procedures related to the safe storage, use and disposal of medication and explain how you follow these on a daily basis.
Medicines Act 1968 – An act of Parliament in the UK to oversee and control to use of medicines for human and veterinary use.   This also applies to the manufacturing and the supplying of medicines.
Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 – Prohibits the unlawful distribution and manufacturing of drugs.
Health & Medicines Act 1988 –  
Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Code of Professional Conduct 2002 – outlines a good quality of care by nurses and midwives in the UK.   The code runs with four main themes.   These are: prioritise people, practise effectively, preserve safety and promote professionalism and trust.   This is practised by the district nurses when they come into the home.
NMC Guidelines for the Administration of Medicines 2004 – This outlines the administration of medicines can only be done by a registered professional or competent carer.   Ensuring the correct dug, dose and route of entry is used.   Certain drugs can only be administered by a medical professional such as an enema.
Guidelines for records and record keeping 1998 – Ensures all those involved with medication, managing and/or adhere strict method of keeping records correctly and adhering to the Data Protection Act 1998.   These guidelines are all followed by recording on the MAR sheets, writing in care plans, communicating effectively with other health professionals and identifying any potential issues or catching them as early as possible.   These guidelines include:
  * helping to improve accountability
  * showing how decisions related to patient care were made
  * supporting the delivery of services
  * supporting effective clinical judgements and decisions
  * supporting patient care and...