Controlled Drugs Accountable Officers Training

Controlled Drugs Accountable Officers 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.

Sancus Solutions offer a unique and essential two-day CDAO training course, delivered via the Zoom platform, by our experienced team of CDAO trainers throughout the year. This course can be booked online – follow the links on this page.

We also deliver this essential two-day CDAO training course, for organisations “in house”, at a venue and timing of your choosing for up to 14 delegates. We are able to tailor this training for your particular needs. Please use the contact button at the bottom of the page.

Essential Two Day CDAO training

The two day course is essential for those new to the role and covers,

  • Why we are here, and 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 CDAO 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.

Sancus also offers a CDAO Refresher course to bring AO’s up to date with recent developments. We recommend that CDAO’s enrol on this interactive online training between twelve and twenty four month after their two day training.

Online Interactive CDAO Refresher Training

The CDAO Refresher brings AO’s up to date with recent developments. This interactive refresher course consists of several units which provide protected time for internet research and reading activities together with e-learning modules and regular knowledge checks to ensure your understanding.

Certificates of completion is provided to all delegates which can be used as evidence of CPD for appraisal and revalidation purposes.

Please note, this is a self-paced training and none of our trainers will be present during the CDAO Refresher training. You will be guided to our NEW eLearning Platform MOODLE, where you can find all your learning materials once you log in. It is simple and easy to use but we are always here to help.

CDAO Training

Two Day CDAO Training

Delivered via Zoom Platform

4th & 5th December 2023


Controlled Drug Accountable Officer Training is invaluable and our accredited courses are ideal to count towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

CDAO – Two Day & Refresher Training

Discounted Package

We are offering the essential Two Day CDAO online training and the Online Interactive Refresher training as a discounted package,

When purchased together you will take advantage of a £100 saving.

After completing the Two Day CDAO training course you will be able to take the Online Refresher Course any time between twelve and twenty four months (two years period) after the two-day course. This will give you the flexibility to undertake the refresher at a time and at a pace of your choosing.

CDAO Online Refresher Training

Introductory Offer

The CDAO Online Refresher gives you the flexibility to enrol on the course at a time of your choosing, work at a pace you are comfortable with and in an environment that ensures you get the best from the course.

The course is available at an introductory offer of;

Full Delegates £250+vat & Charity Delegates £225+vat

* Attendance on the Sancus two-day CDAO package is a pre-requisite for enrolling on the Online Refresher attending.


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