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Care Homes

Opus provides a comprehensive range of medication training options for your care home in a form to suit your staff availability and budget.

Our pool of 25 qualified pharmacist / trainers means we can provide a tutor to lead a face-to-face medication training programme in-house or at any location convenient to your care setting. Our courses are fully interactive and feature opportunities for attendees to practise procedures and gain valuable hands-on experience.

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For foundation and refresher half day courses: £45+VAT per delegate, minimum of 10 per session or special half day rate of £480+VAT for up to 16 delegates (equivalent to £30 per delegate)

For Assessors Workshops, Medication Management and Audit Courses and Medication Management and Competency Assessment for Schools Courses:  Please contact us for prices and options (dependant on delegate numbers)

For Administration of Buccal Midazolam courses, Adrenaline Auto-Injector Administration (Epipen®/Jext®/Emerade®) courses and Understanding Medicines in Diabetes courses: £350+VAT for up to 16 delegates for a 2 hour session

Care Homes Care and Control of Medicines (Foundation) This is an interactive course covering latest legislation and guidance to update knowledge of administration and handling of medicines in the care home setting. Length: 3 Hours


Practical Workshop in Medicines Administration Designed for those who wish to build on their learning from the care and control of medicines foundation course. Hands-on workshop format. Length: 3 Hours


Care Homes Care and Control of Medicines (Intermediate) This is an interactive course covering further aspects of administration and handling of medicines in the care home setting following the Skills for Care knowledge sets for medication. Length: 3 Hours


Care Homes Care and Control of Medicines (Refresher) This is an interactive refresher course covering key aspects of administration and handling of medicines in the care home setting following the Skills for Care knowledge sets for medication. This course draws on the experiences of care staff and updates their knowledge. Length: 3 Hours


Managing Medicines for Service Users with Dementia An interactive half-day course with activities and case studies to include: types, causes and symptoms of dementia, anti-dementia drugs - their side effects and how they work, the pitfalls of anti-psychotics in dementia, non-drug strategies, aspects of the Mental Capacity Act and considerations for covert administration of medicines. Length: 3 Hours


Medical Conditions Awareness (1) To increase basic awareness of medical conditions to enable staff to effectively support service users with their condition. This course covers Parkinson’s Disease, Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Awareness of other medicial conditions can be covered on request. Length: 3 Hours


Medical Conditions Awareness (2) To increase basic awareness of medical conditions to enable staff to effectively support service users with their condition. This course covers Arthritis and Stroke. Awareness of other medical conditions can be covered on request. Length: 3 Hours


Buccal Midazolam Administration The course is a 2 hour session covering: What epilepsy and seizures are, What the symptoms are, How epilepsy is treated, When buccal midazolam should be used, How to administer buccal midazolam and Your responsibilities when administering buccal midazolam. Length: 2 Hours


Adrenaline Auto-Injector Administration (Epipen®/Jext®/Emerade®) The course is a 2 hour session covering: What anaphylaxis is and what causes it, What the symptoms are, What the emergency treatment for anaphylaxis is, How to use different types of injectors and Procedures needed in the care/school setting. Length: 2 Hours


Diabetes in Adults This is an interactive workshop to understand diabetes symptoms and management. The course looks at managing hypo’s and hyper’s and understanding the medicines used in diabetes care. Length: 2 Hours


Diabetes in Children This is an interactive workshop to understand diabetes symptoms and management. The course looks at managing hypo’s and hyper’s and understanding the medicines used in diabetes care. Length: 2 Hours


Assessors Workshop for Medication Handling This workshop is designed for managers, senior staff and those involved in assessing the competencies of care staff in medication handling in all care environments including care homes, domiciliary care organisations, day services, extra care housing schemes and supported living. Length: 3 Hours


Medication Management and Audit for Care Homes This course explains the management and audit of medication and how to reduce errors. It is designed for all staff and team leaders with responsibility for medication management. Length: 3 Hours


Advanced Medication Course This course is suitable for nurses and senior care staff. It increases and extends knowledge of the side effects and interactions of medicines. Length: 3 Hours


Opus ELearning is delivered online and enables individual staff members to study at their own pace. ELearning is a cost-effective alternative to tutor-based training – minimum attendee numbers don’t apply and there are no travel or accommodation costs to budget for.

Individual licences are valid for 1 year from date of activation (not from date of purchase).

Certificates valid for 2 years.

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Discounted prices are for quantities purchased at the same time.

 From 1 to 9 Licences £35.00
 From 10 to 100 Licences £30.00
 100+ Licences For discounted prices on 100+ licences, please email us at info@opuspharmserve.com or call us on 0333 939 0053

NB: prices are per licence and exclude VAT

Care and Control of Medicines for Care Homes (Foundation) An interactive awareness course covering all aspects of administration and handling of medicines in the care home. Follows the Skills for Care knowledge sets for medication and is fully compliant with the requirements of the Care Quality Commission.

See above for discounts.
Length: 2 Hours


Care and Control of Medicines (Refresher)

An interactive course based on your previous experiences, the refresher takes you through a series of scenarios and real life situations to reinforce best practice and refresh your knowledge.

1-9         £25 per refresher licence 10-100   £22.50 per refresher licence
Length: 1 Hour


Our self study distance learning workbooks are ideal for individuals who prefer this method of learning. 

The foundation courses consist of 2 workbooks which closely follow the content of our accredited foundation courses. Foundation workbooks contain quizzes, word searches, case studies and other interactive learning activities. Understanding is tested throughout by self-assessment. Final assessment is returned to Opus Pharmacy Services for marking and feedback. 

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Discounted prices are for quantities purchased at the same time.

 From 1 to 9 Workbooks £40.00
 From 10 to 99 Workbooks £35.00
 From 100 to 499 Workbooks £32.50
 From 500 to 749 Workbooks £30.00
 From 750 to 999 Workbooks £27.50
 1000+ Workbooks £25.00

NB: prices are per FOUNDATION workbook 

Care and Control of Medicines for Care Homes (Foundation) Medication awareness course covering all important aspects of administration and handling of medicines for staff supporting/administering medicines to service users.

See above for discounts.
Length: At your own pace


ADVANCED DISTANCE LEARNING AND RESOURCE PACK - Competency Assessment, Auditing and Managing Medication Incidents An advanced distance learning course and resource pack for managers, senior staff and those who are looking to improve their knowledge and skills.

1-4 £55 per workbook
5+ £50 per workbook
Length: At your own pace


Diabetes - Understanding Medicines in Diabetes A short self-study distance learning workbook covering what diabetes is, symptoms and treatments including insulin and anti-diabetic oral medicines, managing hypo and hyper-glycaemic events and understanding the long term effects and importance of diabetes care.

1-9       £15 per workbook
10-20   £12.50 per workbook

For orders over 20 workbooks please contact us.
Length: At your own pace


Warfarin A short self-study interactive distance learning workbook covering what warfarin is and why it is prescribed, why and how warfarin treatment is monitored, how to administer and record it, what precautions are needed for people taking warfarin and how changes in warfarin dose are communicated and recorded.

1-9       £15 per workbook
10-20   £12.50 per workbook

For orders over 20 workbooks please contact us.
Length: At your own pace


Buccal Midazolam A short self-study distance learning workbook covering what epilepsy and seizures are, what the symptoms are, how epilepsy is treated, when buccal midazolam should be used and how to administer, store, record and dispose of buccal midazolam.

1-9       £15 per workbook
10-20   £12.50 per workbook

For orders over 20 workbooks please contact us.
Length: At your own pace


Our online alternative to time-consuming in-house assessments has been purpose-designed to provide a simple and straight forward test of care staff’s medication handling capabilities. It takes just 30 minutes to complete and its content is constantly updated to reflect latest best practice and guidance.

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Discounted prices are for quantities purchased at the same time.

 From 1 to 9 Licences £25.00
 From 10 to 100 Licences £22.50
 100+ Licences For discounted prices on 100+ licences, please email us at info@opuspharmserve.com or call us on 0333 939 0053

NB: prices are per licence and exclude VAT

Care Home Competency Assessment Includes video clips and multiple choice questions. Learning needs report issued to identify areas where the care worker is competent/not competent.

See above for discounts.
Length: 30 Minutes


Can’t find the training or course option you want? Just email us at info@opuspharmserve.com or call us on 0333 939 0053 to discuss what you’re looking for. We regularly add to our course portfolio and adapt existing training to specific end user requirements.