SHMC2 – VTCT (Skillsfirst) Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medicines (RQF)

Qualification summary

This qualification is designed for all health care staff whose duties may bring them into contact with medication. It would benefit all those seeking clear guidelines and advice regarding the various elements of safe administration of medicines.

The aim of the qualification is to provide the learner with a thorough understanding of the principles and practices of working with medicines. On completion of the qualification an individual will be familiar with the correct procedures for the administering, handling and disposal of medicines.

On completion of this qualification, you may progress into further learning or onto Skillsfirst vocationally-based qualifications, such as the:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care (RQF)

or similar vocationally-based qualifications.

VTCT (Skillsfirst) Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medicines (RQF) Handbook

Qualification structure

To achieve this qualification, learners must achieve all 13 credits in Group M

Total Qualification Time (TQT) is 130 hours

Minimum Guided Learning Hours (GLH) are 110

Qualification numberQualification reference
SHMC2 600/5591/1 

Group M – mandatory units

unit no.
unit no.
Unit titleCredit value
Y/601/9571SHM1Understand medication and prescriptions3
K/601/9574SHM2Supply storage and disposal of medication3
T/601/9576SHM3Understand the requirements for the safe administration of medication4
F/601/9578SHM4Record-keeping and audit processes for medication administration and storage3

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