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Managing and Administering Controlled Drugs

Course overview

There is often a lack of formal training around controlled drugs. Staff are often unclear to which drugs the legal controls apply, and lack knowledge on witnessing, recording and safe storage requirements. This course will teach you how to manage and administer controlled drugs in line with legal requirements and national best practice (Controlled drugs: safe use and management, NICE guideline [NG46] April 2016).

We have also designed a new CD register, field tested with two national care organisations, that we can train staff to use on this course.

Aimed at

The course is aimed at managers, care support workers and nurses in care homes, rehabilitation centres, substance misuse centres, hospices and boarding schools. Contact us, if you wish us to tailor the course to any other settings


Face-to-face (in person) practical workshop and online



Online: Approx 2 hours

Face to face: 3.5 hours

Course mapping

CQC Key Lines of Enquiry

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

Course price

£675 + trainer expenses (click here for details). Note that these are the total course prices to which VAT applies.

Course content

See below (click to expand). Call us if you wish to discuss tailoring content to you.

course content (click to expand)

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

  • Be aware of the legislation and best practice that govern the management of controlled drugs
  • Describe why some medicines are classified as controlled drugs
  • Describe the different schedules of controlled drugs, and which CDs fit into which schedules
  • Demonstrate how to establish which controlled drugs require safe custody
  • Explain the role and requirements of the witness
  • Demonstrate how to correctly receive, administer, dispose of, and balance check controlled drugs and how to record this
  • Understand the rules and recording requirements when a person self-medicates with a controlled drug
  • Demonstrate how to deal with stock discrepancies
  • Demonstrate how to correct errors in the CD register

Available as

Online Training

An online course

From £23.49 to £38.50


In-person workshop for a maximum of 16 learners