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Controlled Drugs Summit: Ensuring the Safer Management of Controlled Drugs - Diversion & Abuse, Prescribing & Use

Monday 1 July 2019
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Controlled Drugs Summit: Ensuring the Safer Management of Controlled Drugs - Diversion & Abuse, Prescribing & Use
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“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

“Nationally, there is a general naivety regarding diversion issues.” Care Quality Commission 2018

“The scale of diversion of controlled drugs during 2017 is also a concern and CQC is continuing to support the work of other agencies to address this.” CQC 2018

“There is a general lack of awareness of who to report incidents to …We expect organisations to have a standard operating procedure in place that explains all ways to report and that encourages open reporting and a non blame culture. We also expect to see evidence of incidents and the learning from them.” CQC 2018

“Services should think about incorporating self-assessment, monitoring and clinical audit into their controlled drug arrangements and review their reporting culture”  Care Quality Commission 2018

“There is a general lack of clarity on issuing controlled drug alerts, particularly regarding the level of detail that should be included.” Care Quality Commission 2018

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.

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
  • Reflect on the implications of the 2018 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 to implement an electronic ordering and prescribing system for controlled drugs & manage patients own controlled drugs brought into hospital
  • Improve practice in patient advice and information
  • 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


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