QA Level 3 (RQF)
Safe Administration of Lifesaving Medications
This qualification forms part of the Qualsafe Awards Pre-hospital Care qualifications and 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.
This qualification is for learners who are employed by a Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered organisation (or overseas equivalent) that have a specific responsibility to be able to safely administer and monitor the effects of certain life-saving medications within their scope of practice.
Typical roles may include:
- Ambulance technician
- Associate practitioner
- Assistant practitioner
- Emergency Medical Technician
Learners must have successfully completed the QA Level 4 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care (QCF) or a QA recognised equivalent to undertake the QA level 3 Award in the Safe Administration of Lifesaving Medication (RQF).
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. - Qualsafe Awarding Body
1. Understand legislation guidelines, policies and protocols relevant to the administration of lifesaving medication in an emergency and urgent care setting
2. Know the features of, and guidelines for, administering lifesaving medication
3. Know the common types of lifesaving medication and their use in an emergency or urgent care situation
4. Be able to determine a patient’s condition in order to distinguish the correct lifesaving medication
5. Be able to demonstrate the safe and effective administration of lifesaving medication in a pre-hospital or emergency and urgent caresetting
6. Know how to assess, monitor and review the effects of lifesaving medication