SafeMed: Understanding medication

This Open Badge is available to anybody working in social services who completes module two, Understanding medication, of our Safe Administration of Medication resource. To obtain the badge, you need to work through the module, discuss your learning with your manager and download and complete the badge application form.

Module two looks at understanding medication within the safe administration of medication. It explores:

  • types of medication
  • legal categories of medication
  • medication routes
  • adverse reactions
  • labelling of medication
  • administration of medicines
  • recording requirements
  • safe administration
  • physiological measurements.

Our Safe Administration of Medication resource is designed to support you while carrying out your day to day duties with the public. You’ll find the three modules useful if you’re preparing for assessment for a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Social Service and Healthcare (eg ’Administer Medication to Individuals’) or the Professional Development Award, ’Administration of Medication’.


To earn this badge you will need to:

Applications that are not accompanied by a form completed by you and your tutor/manager will be declined.


You must already hold the SafeMed: Principles and good practice Open Badge before you can apply for this one.


You will need to download and complete a Microsoft Word version of the application form for this badge. Please do not submit your application without attaching a copy of the form.

If you want to use a blog or ePortfolio entry as evidence, you might find our guide to preparing and publishing your evidence useful. We will also accept short audio or video statements if you prefer these formats. You will need to provide links to these on the badge application form.

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SafeMed: Understanding medication

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