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Controlled Drugs Accountable Officer Training

Controlled Drug Accountable Officer Training

Controlled Drug Accountable Officers are responsible for the safe management and use of Controlled Drugs within their organisation along with co-operating and sharing information relating to concerns about their use and management under the Controlled Drugs (Supervision of Management and Use) Regulations 2013. Controlled Drug Accountable Officer Training is invaluable and our accredited courses are ideal to count towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD).



Two Day Comprehensive Training Package

We offer frequent two day comprehensive Controlled Drug Accountable Officer training packages delivered at regional venues throughout the year.  We also offer bespoke ‘in house’ training packages tailored for individual organisations and delivered at a venue of your choice. Our course has been designed in consultation with NHS trainers, the Association of Police Controlled Drug Liaison Officers and Accountable Officers. It will enable Accountable Officers and those supporting them to develop confidence in their roles and responsibilities. The training is delivered by an experienced former Accountable Officer and our lead Investigations trainer.


The course looks at

  • Why we are here, and covers the background to the legislation and legislation updates.
  • Introducing practical tips for performing the role and covers advice and information about who is there to support you.
  • Corporate governance and the use of Standard Operating Procedures  – these are issues that would be scrutinised during a Care Quality Commission inspection.

One of the roles of a Controlled Drug Accountable Officer is to investigate or to oversee investigations conducted on their behalf. A question to ask yourself is, If an incident arose, would my investigations at present stand up to the detailed scrutiny which would ultimately happen? The investigations training incorporated into the course will give you a working knowledge of the relevant legislation which you can then apply to all of your investigations, giving you confidence in the knowledge that you could withstand scrutiny at any level.

  • As the course progresses the role is brought to life through the use of a scenario, which gradually builds and informs group discussions.
  • Real life case studies will be discussed and attendees will learn from each other’s experiences.

*Note – Certificates of attendance are provided to all delegates who complete the 2 Day Controlled Drug Accountable Officer course which can then be used as evidence of 12 hours of CPD for appraisal and re validation purposes. 



Annual Refresher

We also offer an annual one-day refresher Controlled Drug Accountable Officer training, again at regional venues, bringing Accountable Officers up to date with developments over the last two years. *The two-day CDAO package is a pre-requisite for attending.*



Pre-CQC Inspection

Our ‘pre-CQC inspection‘ audit for Controlled Drug Accountable Officers is a tailored package that will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses and generate individual solutions to achieve the required standards. A bespoke and detailed report will be provided outlining current areas of good practice and those where improvements can be made. This baseline assessment is particularly useful for those awaiting or expecting a formal inspection to ensure compliance with the relevant legislation.



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 Controlled Drugs Accountable Officer Training – Courses

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Two Day Accountable Officer Training – 2019


Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th June 2019  Places available

  • Birmingham
  • Two Day – Cost per delegate £815+vat
  • Discount available for charity organisations(10%) and returning customers (5%)


Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th June 2019  Places Available

  • York
  • Two Day – Cost per delegate £815+vat
  • Discount available for charity organisations(10%) and returning customers (5%)


One Day Refresher Accountable Officer Training – 2019


Thursday 12th September 2019  Places Available

  • London
  • One Day, Cost per delegate £310+vat
  • Discount available for charity organisations (10%)
  • Course prerequisite – must have attended Two Day CDAO training in previous two years.


‘In House’ Controlled Drug Accountable Officer Training.

‘In House’ Accountable Officer training is for organisations who wish to arrange their own venue for their delegates at a time convenient to them. Outline details for this course are.,

  • £3450 +vat (travel and accommodation costs for 2 trainers not included)
  • Limited to 12 delegates per course
  • 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.

Feedback - 2 Day CDAO - London January 2018

“A rare and highly valuable experience, has helped me gain confidence and understanding in this challenging area.”

“This was a really useful and well planned course. The course was interactive and there was plenty of time and opportunity to ask questions.” “The course was well organised, well facilitated and well run. I learnt a huge amount but it was also fun!”


Feedback - 2 Day CDAO - York September 2017

“Very interesting, relevant and useful information shared and taught during the course. Trainers were knowledgeable and skilled in their approach when delivering the content which ensured confidence in the material and information gained. Would recommend.”

“The course was excellent in terms of introducing what this role involves and its potential scope. It was well facilitated and, importantly, the course was engaging.”

“As a newly appointed CDAO this course gave me the confidence to undertake the role. The contents of the course clearly outlined all of the responsibilities and requirements for the role and was delivered extremely well by the two very knowledgeable presenters.”

Feedback - CDAO Refresher Birmingham - July 2017

“Having attended the initial AO training delivered by Sancus about 6 years ago, this refresher was useful and relevant. There was time to discuss and reflect on situations those in the room had been involved with as part of their AO role and this aloud for shared learning and support. The day was also really useful for networking with other AO’s working in the same practice area as me.”

“It was a very useful day.”

“The refresher training was a great opportunity to be updated on changes in legislation and to share good practice as a group.”

Feedback - 2 CDAO Durham - February 2017

“A really excellent 2 days, difficult subject material made engaging and interesting if at times a little daunting! Highly recommended for any Accountable Officers either new in post or those who have held the role for sometime.”

“Excellent course which successfully covered all the areas relevant to the role of CDAO in a hospice. Both facilitators were very knowledgeable and experienced. Very keen to share their experience with the group and also provided a high level of advice, guidance and support. The scenarios we were given to work on throughout the 2 days were meaningful and very effective in linking theory to practice. I would highly recommend this course to AO’s as it provides the skills and knowledge needed to perform this role effectively.”

“Both Gail and Kylie were extremely welcoming and made me feel comfortable in the learning environment. Two days training can be hard going, however this course was well delivered and interactive which kept the attention of the full group. The course was meaningful and will change my future practice for the better and I now feel I have a better understanding of my duties and responsibilities as an Accountable Officer…”