Unit 80
Support Use Of Medication In Social Care Settings

Identify legislations that governs the use of medication in social care settings.
 The misuse of drugs act 1971
 The safer management of controlled drugs 2006
 The misuse of drugs safe custody regulations 1973
 The health and safety at work act 1974
 The mental capacity act 2005
 The access to health records act 1990
 The data protection act 1998
Outline the legal classification system for medication
The classification off medicine are all related to the medicines act 1958. Working with medication it is good to have the working knowledge and understanding of the common types of medication.
General sale list (GSL) this can be purchased from any kind of shop.
Pharmacy only (PO) these medications can only be purchased from the pharmacy counter.
Prescription only medication (POM) these are ones prescribed from the gp that need a prescription.
Controlled drugs (CDs) these are prescribed drugs only and subjected to additional legal requirements under the misuse of drugs act.
Explain how and why policies and procedures or agreed ways of working must reflect and incorporate legislative requirements.
Policies and procedures are put into place to make sure that all legislations are been followers and that all the people in the setting, staff and the people who are needing to be care for are kept safe and that all their needs are being met, including practise and diversity is correctly been followed out and that the setting is staying within the law. It must reflect on legislation so that the polices and procedure are correct and also the correct way of doing things is right. For example if health and safety procedure wasn’t in   place and wasn’t inline with legislations then it could cause the setting to get into trouble with the law and could cause harm to the person who is in need of the health and safety requirements could become harmed or seriously injured.