Managing and Administering Controlled Drugs

Course Overview

This course will teach you how manage and administer controlled drugs in line with legal requirements and national best practices.


3.5 hours

Aimed at

All staff who have a role in administering controlled drugs.  There is a version of this course for both Care Homes with Nursing and Care Homes without Nursing.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Be aware of the legislation and best practice documents that govern the management of controlled drugs
  • Demonstrate an understanding of which controlled drugs require safe custody
  • Demonstrate how to correctly record the receipt of controlled drugs
  • Explain the role of a suitable witness when administering controlled drugs
  • Demonstrate how to record the administration of a controlled drug on a medicines administration record chart and in the controlled drugs register
  • Explain how to perform a controlled drugs balance check and how to record it
  • Explain how to safely dispose of controlled drugs and how to record this
  • Understand what rules apply and what records need to be kept when a person self-medicates


The handout includes a checklist for use in the workplace to ensure that legal requirements are complied with and best practices are followed.  There are also a series of questions to enable the learner to check their understanding.

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?


(up to 16 people)

£600 + VAT