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

Tuesday 5 Jul 2022


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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 the conference will update you on current national developments, including issues arising with the supply and prescription of controlled drugs during Covid-19 and preparing for the potential implementation of Controlled drug legislation which has been enabled to “switch on” flexibilities for the supply of controlled drugs during a pandemic. These flexibilities have not been activated at this time. The conference will also discuss controls for opioids, and improve practice learning from case studies. 

In July 2021 the Care Quality Commission released the Safer Management of Controlled Drugs annual report which included the following recommendations which will be discussed at the conference:

  1. Providers need to include controlled drugs governance as part of their COVID-19 recovery  plan
  2. Providers should enable all health and care staff to freely engage and participate in activities that support reflection and learning
  3. Those leading and working in local health and care systems need to collaborate to reduce risks of avoidable harm associated with controlled drugs
  4. All health and care professionals need to prioritise personalised patient care in the context of controlled drugs

“Good governance is essential to ensure controlled drugs are managed safely, but we don’t always see this when we inspect. We expect standard operating procedures or policies to cover all aspects of controlled drug management. These must be kept under review with supporting audits.”

Care Quality Commission July 2021 

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
  • Reflect on the use and governance of controlled drugs at the end of life
  • Update your knowledge on the controls for opioids and cannabis for medicinal use 
  • 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

Chair & Speakers Include:

Weeliat Chong

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

Dr Victoria Lea

National Controlled Drugs Manager
Care Quality Commission

Dr Deborah Robertson

School of Health & Society
University of Salford

Scott Mitchell

Pharmacy Director and Controlled Drug Accountable Officer NHS Forth Valley; and Chair, Controlled Drugs Accountable Officer Network, Scotland

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 & Public Sector



Voluntary sector & charities



Commercial organisations



Virtual Training



(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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