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

Friday 11 Nov 2022


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“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

“Providers need to ensure their governance of controlled drugs is up to date and fit for purpose. We continue to find areas that need to improve across health and social care. Good governance of controlled drugs will help services to improve the safety and quality of people’s care and the minimise risk of diversion. Good board-level engagement in relevant organisations is an essential element of ensuring the safer management of controlled drugs.”

Care Quality Commission 5th July 2022

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 a new session focusing on 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.” CQC July 2022, and a focus on prescribing by non medical prescribers “Prescribing by nurses (including nurse independent prescribers and community practitioner nurses) accounted for 51% of all non-medical prescribing in 2021.” 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
  • Reflect on the implications of Covid-19
  • 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
  • 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. 

Chair & Speakers Include:

Wendy McAllister

Vice Chair, Association of Police Controlled Drugs Liaison Officers; and Former Controlled Drugs LIaison Officer, Metropolitan Police Service

Weeliat Chong

Chief Pharmacist; Member, Guideline Commitee, Controlled drugs NICE
Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Deborah Robertson

School of Health & Society
University of Salford

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

Fee Options

NHS, Schools & Public Sector



Voluntary sector & charities



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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