Controlled drugs

The NHS has embarked on a journey to become one of the safest healthcare systems in the world as part of the NHS Long Term Plan.

NHS England has a statutory duty to ensure that safe systems are in place for the management and use of controlled drugs. This is to prevent harm to patients and staff from any misuse of controlled drugs.

Controlled drugs are drugs that are subject to high levels of regulation as a result of government decisions about those drugs that are especially addictive and harmful.

This page contains links to resources that will be of use to healthcare professionals who work with controlled drugs.

The South West controlled drugs team

This team covers:

  • Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon, and Wiltshire
  • Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire
  • Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
  • Devon
  • Dorset
  • Gloucestershire
  • Somerset

We can easily be contacted through our generic inbox

Darren Barnett – Interim Controlled Drugs Accountable Officer

Vicky Bawn – Project Co-ordinator

Additional Guidance and Information

Controlled Drugs information/guidance

BSW Controlled drugs summary of information

Emergency Access to Medicines Scheme information - participating pharmacies

Emergency Access To Medicines Scheme - list of medications