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

Friday 26 Nov 2021


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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.

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.

“The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has highlighted the need to be able to access controlled drugs rapidly to manage care for people at the end of life, but we must now learn from this for the future… Health and care providers acted quickly in response to the pandemic, however, as the pressure on healthcare systems increased, there were at times risks to the controlled drug governance arrangements that have been established since the time of the Shipman Inquiry.”

Care Quality Commission, July 2020

“NHS England has a statutory duty to ensure that safe systems are in place for the management and use of controlled drugs. This is to prevent harm to patients and staff from any misuse of controlled drugs. Controlled Drugs are drugs that are subject to high levels of regulation as a result of government decisions about those drugs that are especially addictive and harmful.”

NHS England

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
  • Update your knowledge on the controls for opioids 
  • understand requirements for reuse of medicines in a care home or hospice
  • 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
  • Opioids: approaches to minimise risks
  • 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
  • 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 evidence

100% of delegates who attened the last conference said they would recommend to a colleague

Chair & Speakers Include:

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

Scott Mitchell

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

Virtual Attendance

Our online virtual events include a combination of live webcam presentations, training materials, video sessions and interactive exercises and discussion.

All you need is a quiet space, a good internet connection and PC or laptop with camera and microphone to allow you to see, hear and speak to the facilitator and other delegates. We will provide full instructions for accessing the platform along with login details. 

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Virtual Training

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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