Guidance

A number of documents have been written by DHSSPSNI to provide guidance on the safe management and use of controlled drugs.

They have been written to support healthcare professionals and organisations in implementing the strengthened governance arrangements for controlled drugs in Northern Ireland and describe the legislative changes which have been made as a result of the Government’s response to the Fourth Report of the Shipman Inquiry.

HSCB has a developed a number of guidance documents and FAQs to support the governance arrangements in primary care.

  1. The Safer Management of Controlled Drugs – A Guide to good practice in primary care (Northern Ireland)
  2. The Safer Management of Controlled Drugs – A Guide to good practice in secondary care (Northern Ireland)
  3. The Safer Management of Controlled Drugs – Guidance on Standard Operating Procedures for Northern Ireland
  4. The Safer Management of Controlled Drugs – A Guide to Strengthened Governance Arrangements in Northern Ireland

Guidance on Clinical Monitoring of Controlled Drugs