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Managing and Administering Controlled Drugs

Course Overview

There is often a lack of formal training around controlled drugs, with myths adding to poor practice. This is compounded by the fact that most controlled drugs registers are designed for hospitals and pharmacies and therefore not suited for use by care homes.

This course will teach you how manage and administer controlled drugs in line with legal requirements and national best practice (2016 NICE guidelines). As part of the course, we will supply you with a controlled drugs register that we have specifically designed for care homes which is fully compliant with NICE 2016 guidelines on controlled drugs.


3.5 hours

Aimed at

The course is aimed at managers, care support workers and nurses in care homes with and without nursing, rehabilitation centres, substance misuse centres, hospices and boarding schools. Contact us, if you wish us to tailor the course to any other settings


The handout includes a checklist for use in the workplace to ensure that legal requirements are complied with and best practices are followed.  There are also a series of questions to enable the learner to check their understanding.

Course Mapping

CQC Key Lines of Enquiry

  • S2.3 Are people’s records accurate, complete, legible, up-to- date, securely stored and available to relevant staff so that they support people to stay safe?
  • S4 How does the provider ensure the proper and safe use of medicines?
  • E2 How does the service make sure that staff have the skills, knowledge and experience to deliver effective care and support?

Accredited with

Skills for care

course content (click to expand)

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Be aware of the legislation and best practice documents that govern the management of controlled drugs
  • Demonstrate how to establish which controlled drugs require safe custody, recording in the controlled drugs register and giving with a witness
  • Explain the role and requirements of the witness
  • Demonstrate how to correctly record the receipt of controlled drugs
  • Demonstrate how to record the administration of a controlled drug on a medicines administration record chart and in the controlled drugs register
  • Explain how to perform a controlled drugs balance check and how to record it
  • Explain how to safely dispose of controlled drugs and how to record this
  • Understand what rules apply and what records need to be kept when a person self-medicates


(excluding VAT)

£600 (max of 16 people)