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13.5c List the tasks relating to medication and health care procedures that they are not allowed to carry out until they are competent

You are only allowed to perform certain tasks relating to medication and health care procedures if you have received appropriate training. For example, you are not allowed to assist, remind about or give individuals medication until you have completed the appropriate training and passed it satisfactorily.

This applies to a number of different things including:

  • inhaled medication
  • medication that needs to be swallowed
  • medical creams or ointments
  • drops
  • cutting or filing nails
  • prompting or helping with injections

Unless it is an emergency, you should not carry out any actions that are not covered by the individual’s care plan. Legislation on medication and related tasks are always changing, so you should keep yourself up to date with current laws and guidance from NICE and your employer.