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

Monday 1 October 2018
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

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This Annual Controlled Drugs Summit focuses on the safer management, use and prescribing of controlled drugs. This year there is an extended focus on identifying and investigating Controlled Drugs abuse by healthcare staff following the Care Quality Commission recent findings that “we have become aware of an increasing number of incidences of healthcare staff diverting or misusing controlled drugs”.

“The most commonly reported and discussed incidents were reported theft, amended or wrongly dispensed prescriptions and general governance issues. However, we have noted an increase in incidents involving healthcare staff diverting controlled drugs for personal use. Controlled drugs accountable officers need to be vigilant within their own organisations - not only in the investigation into the missing controlled drugs, but also making sure that support is available where the health and welfare of staff may be affected.” CQC 2017

The national controlled drugs summit focuses on the safe use, prescribing and management of controlled drugs including monitoring adherence against the NICE guidance on the safe use and management of controlled drugs.

Benefits of attending: 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
  • 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
  • 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
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