Ask the Care Specialists

Welcome to our 'Ask the Care Specialists', your one-stop portal for social care-related questions. Our team of specialists will try to answer as many of your Social Care questions as possible.

How old do you have to be to administer medication in a care home?

How old do you have to be to administer medication in a care home ?

Many thanks for your query.

Young people aged 16 and 17-years-old can work supervised in a care home as part of an apprenticeship pathway and if deemed competent and providing they have the necessary skills and training, can deliver personal care. This includes medication administration. However, it is more common for staff over 18 to do this in care homes.

Please see attached guidance from Skills for Care on 16 and 17-year-olds working in care homes:

Guidance on employing workers aged 16 and 17 (skillsforcare.org.uk)


What would you like to ask our Specialists?

Have you got a social care question that you just can't find the answer to? Our team of sector specialists are here to provide you with easy-to-understand top tips on a wide range of topics, from dementia, mental health to employment law or every day operational queries to help you deliver outstanding care.

Our specialists will try to answer as many of your questions as possible, giving priority to frequently asked questions and questions regarding current events and trends. To learn more about the team visit: https://www.qcs.co.uk/team/

Please note that our specialists cannot offer answers to matters requiring legal advice. If your matter concerns a specific service provider, please contact the CQC. If your query relates to someone who is at risk of harm or in danger you must follow your local safeguarding procedures.







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