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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 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


One year (in line with CQC/NICE recommendations)


Online: Approx 3-4 hours

Face to face: 3.5 hours

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 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


Live online session (max 16 learners)


Online Training

An online course

From £23.49 to £38.50


In-person workshop for a maximum of 16 learners