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NICE Guideline for safe use and management of Controlled Drugs

This guideline covers systems and processes for using and managing controlled drugs safely in all NHS settings except care homes. It aims to improve working practices to comply with legislation and have robust governance arrangements. It also aims to reduce the safety risks associated with controlled drugs.

This guideline includes recommendations:
•    for organisations on developing systems and processes, including governance arrangements, storage, stock checks, transportation and destruction and disposal
•    for organisations on record keeping, risk assessment and reporting controlled drug-related incidents for organisations
•    for health professionals on prescribing, obtaining and supplying, administering and handling controlled drugs
•    for health professionals monitoring use, including governance and systems for reporting concerns and incidents.

Who is it for?
•    Health professionals providing care for people being treated with controlled drugs, for example, GPs, pharmacists and nurses.
•    Social care practitioners, for example, home care workers, personal assistants and social workers.
•    Commissioners of services using controlled drugs, for example, local authorities and clinical commissioning groups.
•    Providers of services where controlled drugs are used, for example, substance misuse services, ambulance services, home care providers, community pharmacies, community health providers, GPs and other independent prescribers, dispensing doctors, voluntary agencies and charities.
•    People being treated with controlled drugs, their families or carers, and the public.

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