Controlled Drugs Accountable Officer

Controlled Drugs Accountable Officers are responsible for the safe management and use of Controlled Drugs for their organisation, co-operating and sharing information relating to concerns about their use and management under the Controlled Drugs (Supervision of Management and Use) Regulations 2013.

We offer a range of training for CDAO’s. A two day comprehensive training package delivered at regional venues throughout the year or a two day, bespoke, ‘in house’ training package tailored for individual organisations and delivered at a venue of their choice.

We also offer annual refresher training, again at regional venues, bringing Accountable Officers up to date with developments over the last two years.

Our courses have been designed in consultation with NHS trainers, the Association of Police Controlled Drug Liaison Officers and Accountable Officers to equip Accountable Officers and those supporting them with the knowledge and skills required to identify and assess information in order to comply with and fulfill obligations under current legislation.  The training is delivered by an experienced former Accountable Officer.

Our ‘pre-CQC inspection’ audit for Controlled Drugs Accountable Officers is a tailored package that will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses and generate individual solutions to achieve the required standards.

Sancus Controlled Drugs Accountable Officers courses are now accredited by SFJ Awards through their Accredited Learning Professionally (ALP) scheme. If you wish to receive this accreditation please ensure you select this option when booking your course.


Certificates of attendance are provided to all delegates which can be used as evidence of CPD for appraisal and revalidation purposes


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Controlled Drugs Accountable Officer Training Survey

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Certificates of attendance are provided to all delegates which can then be used as evidence of CPD for appraisal and re-validation purposes.

One Day Refresher Accountable Officer Training

Thursday 27th July 2017

  • Venue – The Studio, 7 Cannon St. Birmingham B2 5EP
  • Cost per delegate £295+vat **
  • Discounts available for charity organisations (10%) – contact us for details

**All delegates must have previously completed the Sancus Two Day CDAO Training Course **

Accountable Officer Course Booking


Two Day Accountable Officer Training

Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st June 2017 (**course fully booked**)

  • London – Union Jack Club
  • Two days, cost per delegate £795+vat
  • SFJ Awards accreditation per delegate for this course £60+vat
  • Discounts available for charity organisations (10%) and returning customers (5%) – contact us for details


Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th September 2017

  • York – Holiday Inn, Tadcaster Road
  • Two days, cost per delegate £795+vat  (**five places remaining**)
  • SFJ Awards accreditation per delegate for this course £60+vat
  • Discounts available for charity organisations (10%) and returning customers (5%) – contact us for details


Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th November 2017

  • London – Union Jack Club
  • Two days, cost per delegate £795+vat  (**three places remaining**)
  • SFJ Awards accreditation per delegate for this course £60+vat
  • Discounts available for charity organisations (10%) and returning customers (5%) – contact us for details


Accountable Officer Course Booking

 ** Accommodation – we will assist by suggesting suitable hotels but this aspect must be booked directly by yourselves**

‘In House’ Controlled Drug Accountable Officer Training.

‘In House’ Accountable Officer training for organisations who wish to arrange their own venue for their delegates and at a time that is best suited to meet their demands. Contact Sancus to discuss specific arrangements but the outline details for this course are,

  • £3450 +vat (travel and accommodation costs for 2 trainers not included)
  • Limited to 12 delegates per course
  • SFJ Awards accreditation per delegate for this course £60+ vat
  • Discounts available for charity organisations (10%) and returning customers (5%) – contact us for details

Pre-CQC Inspection Audit.

Our tailored audit will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses and generate individual solutions to achieve the required standards. The number of days required will depend on the size of the organisation but on average it is expected that three days will suffice.  This will involve a former Accountable Officer and a Pharmacist spending two days reviewing protocols and procedures and preparing a final report which will be delivered both verbally and in hard copy to the organisation concerned.

The cost of this pre-inspection audit is £1500 + VAT plus travel and accommodation.

Click here for more Pre-Inspection Audit details

Please contact us and we will be happy to discuss your needs in more detail.

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 Accountable Officer 1 Day Refresher Course – London, March 2015

Really useful addition to my learning, good follow up to the 2 day course, good networking KC

Well presented, engaging and supportive, good opportunity to share ideas, covered all areas, useful references provided SH

Brilliant refresher and update, great links and support. Internet exercises very helpful. Good peer learning and experience. KH


Accountable Officer 2 Day Course – London, March 2015

Invaluable learning and understanding event.  Thoroughly recommend this training to new and existing CDAOs.  Great networking opportunity. RK

Excellent course.  I feel I have updated my knowledge and I have prepared an action plan to take back to my organisation to improve practice and develop skills and knowledge of my colleagues. LO

Gail and Graham were excellent at running the 2 days, making the sessions interactive, interesting amusing and most of all, educational.  thank you. JH

I would have awarded this course 5 points to every outcome. (the feedback form only goes up to 4!).  I found it enjoyable and informative. The presentations were engaging and enabling.  It was a pleasure to attend. JS

Both lecturers held my attention throughout the informative lectures, good participation, time for laptop work enquiry – humour!!  Brilliant course I now know what my AO title means and will use all the information gained going forward. Excellent, thank you. SR

Very helpful course.  Well presented and good interaction with participants.  There was a lot of content covered in the two days and most of it was very relevant.  Good size of group and very suitable venue.  Many thanks.

This is a superbly prepared and delivered course for newcomers to the CDAO role and those with experience.  thank you Gail and Graham for their expertise. RC

A really informative and enjoyable  2 days I felt very daunted by the course before attending but Graham and Gail made it very ‘real’ and provided a step by step guide to the role and responsibilities of the AO. I have a lot of work to do and oversee in. Y organisation but at least I am now conscious of that. AJ

19th November 2015

‘A great Accountable Officer training session delivered by Richard and Graham @SancusSolutions for @EastAngliAirAmb’  Sarah Atkinson 

Warrington – November 2015

Thank you Gail and Graham for an informative and enjoyable two days of training.  I thought the course content and delivery was excellent and most helpful to me understanding the role of AO.  The best training I’ve been on for a long time.  Both of you were very credible, authentic and knew what you were talking about because of your experience. Can’t really think of any improvements. Thank you Iain, Ward Manager

Now more aware of responsibilities as AO. Not a role in name only but there are serious consequences when things go wrong.  Whilst new to the role, this course highlighted where I had gaps in knowledge.  This has been remedied so whilst learning continues I have greater awareness of how the role of AO can influence the way in which SOPs are constructed and followed. Karl, Ward Manager

A very informative course covering all the areas required to give the knowledge and skills required to be an accountable officer.  I dont think there is anything I would change or enhance for future courses as the course was enjoyable and the tutors were very knowledgable on the areas they were presenting. Claire, Unit Manager

I have thoroughly enjoyed the training, feeling nervous and excited about the role and will be contacting fellow students in the future to check and share experiences. Linda, Director of Nursing

I feel that the course was very user  friendly and that we were encouraged to contribute all the way through.  The scenarios were particularly helpful.  It really brought home the seriousness of the role too and the interviewing/giving evidence parts were very helpful. Vicky, Registered Hospital Manager

The course brought a sense of responsibility to the AO role.  It made it clear the remit and rationale of the role.  It outlined how it dovetails with other elements such as the Police, NMC,GMC,CQC and the statutory regulatory bodies. Chris, Ward Manger

Having had no previous information about the role of accountable officer my main objective was to return with a better understanding of the role.  This has fully been met.  I have background information on why/how the role came into being and this helped put everything into context.  I feel confident in my new role as an AO and feel equipped with information and knowledge to enable me to complete role effectively. Primrose, Acting Registered Manager

Very informative, given information, advice and guidance relevant to the AO role and that could also be used in various situations. Raised awareness of AO status, roles and responsibilities and that of lead AO and LINs and legislation.  Delivery of the course was refreshing and enjoyable. Sharon, Unit Manager


Accountable Officer 2 Day Course – York, October 2015

‘Brilliant 2 day course with @SancusSolutions for AO training. Really valuable and much to take back to @NHSLiverpoolCH.

Very informative and interactive sessions. Although quite heavy course content it was delivered in a way that was both fun and interesting – Sharon

I valued the discussions and mixed experiences of the group. This was the most informative and valuable course I have attended for a long time. I valued the experience of the trainers – Jayne

Overall an incredibly informative/appropriate course that was excellently facilitated. Thank you, I know I will be referring back to the course many times and would recommend it to all AOs – Allison

Really informative and interesting course, delivered in a professional and fun way.m Plenty of interaction and discussion generated, this helped to develop an alternative network of support to the LIN/organisation/colleagues in the workplace. Access to website resources really helpful too – Marie

I felt that the course has been extremely relevant to my role and we have been given excellent opportunities to interact within the sessions to clarify additional learning. The delegate size of 12 people facilitated an informal atmosphere from which to develop further networks/contacts for the future – Danine

Excellent course, thank you! The graduated style of teaching allowed me to progress from relevant novice to informed novice with lots of actions. Theory was great but the best/most useful was practical applications in the interview techniques beyond investigations and also in to patient care – Wayne

Excellent course – I was apprehensive beforehand but the trainers made the course informative and entertaining. They were approachable and enabled me to ask questions without feeling ‘stupid’. I have realised how enormous the role is!! It will be good keeping in touch with the others for support – Wendy

Excellent course, well delivered on a topic/role that is so unique but so important. It was clear that my concerns prior to attending were the same as other attendees ie unclear, unsure, unaware of what the AO role REALLY entailed.  Great couple of days, I will go back with plenty of ideas about how to improve my practice and improve the processes and systems in my organisation – Osman

Course exceeded expectations! Presenters were knowledgeable and skilled at delivery and brought the subject areas to life. Enjoyed it much more than expected to. Found the interviewing very useful and will be able to apply this to many aspects of role – Hilary