CD Accountable Officer:

The Controlled Drugs regulations 2013 require that each NHS England region has a Controlled Drugs Accountable Officer.

Sarah Dennison is the Controlled Drugs Accountable Officer for NHS England  – London

It is his responsibility to ensure the safe and effective use of controlled drugs within local organisations across NHS England London.

In short, the Accountable Officer must ensure that;

  • A controlled drugs local intelligence network is in place.
  • Adequate destruction arrangements are in place for controlled drugs.
  • The prescribing of controlled drugs is monitored and audited and good prescribing practice is promoted.
  • Request periodic declarations from GPs and providers of dental, nursing or midwifery services.
  • Manage direct reporting of incidents relating to primary care.
  • Arrangements are in place to inspect premises, which are not visited by other regulatory bodies e.g. CQC, GPhC.

The Accountable Officer also has an obligation to record concerns regarding individual’s management of controlled drugs, to assess and investigate those concerns and to take appropriate action if those concerns are well founded.

ALL health care professionals have a statutory duty to report any incidents, errors or concerns, however minor, regarding the management of Controlled Drugs.

In the first instance you are advised to contact Sarah Dennison – or call 0207 932 3113 with all incidents, queries or concerns relating to controlled drugs management.