Skip main navigation

Weekly workplace activity

This activity requires you to read your medicines policy and find examples of different types of medicines in the workplace.
Two women pointing to a sheet of paper on a sofa and disicussing their findings
© University of East Anglia
This activity will need to be started in your workplace or care setting and your findings outlined in the discussion in the next step.

For more information or if you do not have access to a care setting, search for each type of medicine on the NHS website.

Task 1 – the medicines policy

  1. Find and read your medicines policy and identify the person who is responsible for ensuring this is kept up to date.

  2. Identify the person in your workplace you can ask questions to clarify anything that you are unsure of in the medicines policy.

Task 2 – medicines in the care setting

Find examples of the following types of medicines within your workplace:

  • Analgesics (relieve pain)
  • Antibiotics (prevent or treat infection)
  • Anti-coagulants/ anti-platelets (prevent blood from clotting)
  • Antacids (neutralise stomach acid/ alleviates heartburn)
  • Anti-psychotics (used to calm disturbed patients)
  • Diuretics (increase the production of urine)
  • Hormones (replacement therapy where disease means there is insufficient production)
  • Laxatives (to help empty the bowels)
  • NSAID’s (Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs) (reduce pain and inflammation)

You can find a printable version of this activity using the link below.

© University of East Anglia
This article is from the free online

Medicine Administration for Carers

Created by
FutureLearn - Learning For Life

Our purpose is to transform access to education.

We offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

We believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, so our courses offer the opportunity to discuss what you’re learning with others as you go, helping you make fresh discoveries and form new ideas.
You can unlock new opportunities with unlimited access to hundreds of online short courses for a year by subscribing to our Unlimited package. Build your knowledge with top universities and organisations.

Learn more about how FutureLearn is transforming access to education