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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.
There is also new sessions focusing on a case study on accounting for losses on a hospitals ward, and a Coroner Perspective; learning from the Coroner and Prevention of Future Deaths reports following CQC findings that
"Although Prevention of Future Death reports are sent to specific individuals or organisations, the valuable information in them about controlled drugs risks should be used to support learning and change across both individual organisations and local health and care systems"
Care Quality Commission 5th July 2022
“During our inspections in 2022, we have found good and poor practice in how controlled drugs are managed and used… Staff need to feel supported to be open about reporting errors and to learn from them. This is crucial to reduce the risk of a similar event happening again.”
Care Quality Commission The state of health care and adult social care in England 2022/23 October 2023
"Last year, we recommended that services focus on improving their governance processes as it is crucial in supporting the safer use and management of controlled drugs. However, we still find that governance is not as robust as it should be. We have heard about other issues, including:
- Poor procedures or lack of balance checks being carried out for controlled drugs
- Poor and inappropriate reporting and reviewing of controlled drug incidents – both within organisations and to relevant external organisations
- Lack of an appropriate risk assessment that results in unrestricted access to controlled drugs"
Care Quality Commission 5th July 2022
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.