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Safe Administration of Lifesaving Medication (SALM)

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The QA Level 3 Award in the Safe Administration of Lifesaving Medication (RQF) is intended for those who are employed by a Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered organisation that have a specific responsibility at work to be able to safely administer and monitor the effects of medication within their scope of practice. Successful Learners will gain the knowledge and confidence needed to safely provide lifesaving medication at emergency or life-threatening incidents.

Learners who wish to undertake the QA Level 3 Award in the Safe Administration of Lifesaving Medication (RQF) must be employed by a CQC registered organisation and have successfully completed the QA Level 4 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (RQF) or a QA recognised equivalent qualification. While achievement of this qualification confirms Learners have met both the theoretical and practical requirements, this does not imply a ‘license to practice’ – the scope of practice will be determined by the organisation responsible for medication provision. This qualification does not allow a Learner to obtain, store or medicate without clinical governance.

Qualification overview

This qualification forms part of the QA Prehospital Care suite of qualifications. The qualification and learning outcomes are based on the guidance of:
• Resuscitation Council (UK)
• Skills for Health Assessment Principles
• The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh – Faculty of Pre Hospital Care
• Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
This QA qualification is for people who work as emergency care providers in various emergency care settings who would be expected to assess patients, administer medication and monitor the effects of the medication. Learners should be able to demonstrate the practical administration of safe, prompt, effective medication
delivery with an understanding of the role of a medication provider. This qualification specification provides information for Centres about the delivery of the QA Level 3 Award
in the Safe Administration of Lifesaving Medication (RQF) and includes the unit information, assessment methods and quality assurance arrangements.

Entry requirements

Learners must:
• be at least 18 years old on the first day of the training and
• be employed by a CQC registered organisation (or overseas equivalent) and
• have successfully completed the QA Level 4 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (QCF) or a QA recognised equivalent.
There are no other formal entry requirements but to benefit from the learning we advise that Learners have a
minimum of Level 3 in literacy and numeracy or equivalent.

Course Date

8th & 9th May

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