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Controlled Drugs Summit: Ensuring the Safer Management of Controlled Drugs

This Conference is now Closed

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The national controlled drugs summit focuses ensuring the Safer Management of Controlled Drugs: Diversion & Abuse, Prescribing and Use. Aimed at Controlled Drugs Accountable Officers, Pharmacists and Prescribers the conference will update you on current national developments, and improve practice learning from case studies.

“CDAOs and nominated controlled drug leads must have oversight of the use of controlled drugs and follow up any unusual use to assure themselves that the arrangements for controlled drugs in their organisation are safe. This should include timely audits and considering treating controlled drugs as high-risk medicines.”

Care Quality Commission, 9th July 2019

“Controlled Drug Accountable Officers (CDAOs) have a statutory responsibility to secure the safe management and use of controlled drugs. They must ensure (and be assured) that procedures are in place within the organisation(s) for which they are responsible to demonstrate this. This includes a duty to monitor the prescribing, supply and administration (if applicable) of all controlled drugs.”

Health and high quality care for all, now and for future generations, Department of Health & NHS England October 2018

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to improve the safe use, prescribing and management of controlled drugs
  • Understand the national context including developments from the CQC and monitoring adherence to the NICE guidance
  • Update your knowledge on the new controls for pregabalin and gabapentin
  • Reflect on the implications of the  Gosport Inquiry, and the RPS Standards, for the governance and management of Controlled Drugs in your service
  • Understand the scale of abuse and diversion of controlled drugs by healthcare professionals
  • Improve your skills in the identification and management of theft and abuse by staff
  • Learn from police investigations and inspections
  • Understand and develop the role of the controlled drugs accountable officer
  • Improve your skills in the prescribing and prescribing governance of controlled drugs
  • Understand how use electronic ordering and prescribing systems for controlled drugs 
  • Reflect on the use and governance of controlled drugs at the end of life
  • Ensure lessons are learned from the investigation and reporting of controlled drugs incidents
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence

This event is also taking place on Friday 6th March 2020 at the De Vere West One conference centre in London

Chair and Speakers Include:

Nishali Patel

Clinical Lead, Digitisation of Pharmacy and Medicines Programme NHS Digital and Chair British Oncology Pharmacy Association Community Pharmacy Subcommittee

Dr Deborah Robertson

School of Health & Society
University of Salford

In-house Training

This course can be held at your organisation for up 25 delegates, we can tailor the content to suit your organisation and CPD needs of your staff. Led by experienced and highly rated trainers, in-house training works out cost-effective for groups and saves travel time.

Contact katym@hc-uk.org.uk with your requirements for further information and a quote.

In-house Training

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage with your key audience  
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact Carolyn Goodbody for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

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