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Controlled Drugs: Ensuring the Safer Management, Diversion & Abuse, Prescribing and Use

Fri, 22 Nov 2024

Hallam Conference Centre, London, OR Virtual, Online

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The National Controlled Drugs Virtual Conference focuses ensuring the Safer Management of Controlled Drugs: Diversion & Abuse, Prescribing and Use. Aimed at Controlled Drugs Accountable Officers, Pharmacists, Police Controlled Drugs Liaison Officers, and Prescribers including Non Medical Prescribers, the conference will update you on current national developments, developing the role of the CDAO and improve practice learning from case studies.

This event will address critical issues in controlled drugs management, incorporating insights from the latest CQC annual report published in July 2024.

“Risks associated with controlled drugs are still present within health and care systems, which are constantly changing.”

The Safer Management of Controlled Drugs Annual Report, Care Quality Commission July 2024

“Safer care can be promoted through a combination of a welcoming attitude towards professional challenge and speaking up, combined with the approach that the safer management of controlled drugs needs to be “everyone’s business,” – not just that of medicines or pharmacy teams.”

The Safer Management of Controlled Drugs Annual Report, Care Quality Commission July 2024

“CQC expects that issues and concerns raised by the CDAO are discussed at board level and that these will be prioritised and scrutinised as appropriate for the specific circumstances.”

The Safer Management of Controlled Drugs Annual Report, Care Quality Commission July 2024

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

  • Assess practice against the RPS Standards for the governance and management of Controlled Drugs

  • Understand the scale of abuse and diversion of controlled drugs by healthcare professionals

  • Ensure effective Controlled Drugs Governance and learning from audit

  • Improve your skills in the identification and management of theft and abuse by staff

  • Learn from police investigations and inspections

  • Learning from Syringe Driver related controlled drugs incidents

  • Understand and develop the role of the controlled drugs accountable officer

  • Improve your skills in the prescribing and prescribing governance of controlled drugs

  • The Non Medical Prescriber and controlled drugs 

  • Reflect on the use and governance of controlled drugs at the end of life

  • Update your knowledge on learning from deaths involving controlled drugs, and using the Coroner Future of Deaths report to inform changes in practice 

  • Improve practice in governance and prescribing of opioids

  • Reflect on a case study investigation and learning from losses on a hospital ward 

  • Ensure lessons are learned from the investigation and reporting of controlled drugs incidents

  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice

  • Supports CPD professional development and acts as revalidation evidence. This course provides 5 Hrs training for CPD subject to peer group approval for revalidation purposes

100% of delegates at the last Controlled Drugs Conference stated that attending the conference would ultimately have a positive impact on patient experience and outcomes.

100% of delegates also stated they would recommend this conference to a colleague. 

Speakers include:

Dr Weeliat Chong

Chief Pharmacist
Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust

Kandarp Thakkar

Chief Pharmacist, Clinical Director of Medicines Optimisation & Controlled Drugs Accountable Officer
University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

Ms Nadia Persaud

Area Coroner
East London
Her Majesty's Coroners East London

Dr Deborah Robertson

Lecturer In Adult Nursing
School of Health and Society
Salford University

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 Sarah Jane for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

Getting to the Venue


Hallam Conference Centre, Cavendish Venues, 44 Hallam St, London W1W 6JJ

By rail

Marylebone, Euston and Kings Cross St Pancras Stations are all within 10 minutes taxi rides or alternatively 15 minutes by Underground. Paddington Station (which has a direct link to Heathrow every 15 minutes) is 20 minutes walk or 10 minutes in a taxi.

By road

There is on-street parking nearby, see: Parking in Westminster for more information. The nearest NCP car park is at 6-7 Weymouth Mews. Please note that this venue is within the Congestion Charge zone.

Venue Map

Fee Options

NHS, Schools, Care and Public Sector



Voluntary sector & charities



Commercial organisations



Virtual NHS, Schools, Care and Public Sector



Virtual Voluntary sector & charities



Virtual Commercial organisations



(Prices in brackets include VAT)


Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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