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Information Code of Practice

Code of Practice from the Information Commissioner to promote the following of good practice in the handling of personal information

Governance Matters

This report sets out the principles of best practice on how local systems for clinical governance could be strengthened to promote continuous improvement in the quality of care and enable healthcare organisations to identify and deal with those healthcare professionals whose performance, conduct or health could put patients at risk.

Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission (CQC)  reports detailing the progress in implementing regulations introduced in response to the Shipman Inquiry, to monitor controlled drugs

National Prescribing Centre

Contains resources relating to both specific aspects of CD management and Areas of Practice

CQC Self Assessment tools


Secondary Care

Self-assessment tool intended for acute NHS Trusts and acute NHS Foundation Trusts. It is a resource designed to help them assess their performance in controlled drugs governance in order to identify any gaps and drive improvement.
Aimed for Acute NHS Trusts but large acute independent hospitals may also find it useful in assessing their controlled drugs responsibilities

Primary Care

The self-assessment tool is not a data-collection tool, but a recommended resource to help PCTs measure their performance and identify ways in which they can improve. It includes a series of detailed questions around the safe management of controlled drugs, against which PCTs can score their current practices

Relevant Organisations for Accountable Officers

Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland


Regulatory Bodies


Other Organisations

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