Controlled Drugs Accountable Officer

Our Statutory Duty 

NHS England and NHS improvement 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.

Controlled drugs use regulations 

In 2007, The Controlled Drugs (Supervision of Management and Use) Regulations 2006 were introduced as part of the Government’s response to the Shipman Inquiry’s Fourth report in 2004.

The aim of these regulations was to strengthen the governance arrangements for the use and management of Controlled Drugs. Controlled Drugs (CDs) are essential to modern clinical care. As such, it is essential that NHS England enforces robust arrangements for the management and use of CDs to minimise patient harm, misuse and criminality.

As a consequence of passing the Health and Social Care Act 2012, the 2006 regulations have been revised to reflect the new architecture in the NHS in England. The Controlled Drugs (Supervision of Management and Use) Regulations 2013 came into force in England on 1 April 2013.

These regulations require NHS England and other ‘designated bodies’ such as NHS trusts and independent hospitals to appoint Accountable Officers for Controlled Drugs and requires those Accountable Officers to ensure safe systems are in place for the management and use of controlled drugs.

Our Teams 

Yorkshire and the Humber  

Yorkshire and the Humber Controlled Drugs (CD) team is led by the Lead Controlled Drug Accountable Officer (CDAO) for the region supported by the CDAO team.

Gazala Khan                            Lead Controlled Drug Accountable Officer

Mandi Silver                            Project Co-ordinator

Contact email                

North East  

North East (North Cumbria, Tyne and Wear) Controlled Drugs (CD) team is led by the Lead Controlled Drug Accountable Officer (CDAO) for the region supported by a Controlled Drugs Accountable Office and a small team from North of England Commissioning Support Unit (NECS).

Gazala Khan Lead Controlled Drug Accountable Officer
Dr James Gossow Controlled Drugs Accountable Officer
Ken Dale (NECS) Controlled Drug Liaison Officer (CDLO)

Tel: 07919071655

Emma Post (NECS) Senior Medicines Optimisation Technician

CCG – Newcastle Gateshead, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside, Sunderland and North Cumbria

Tel: 0191 2172983

Victoria Bennett (NECS) Senior Medicines Optimisation Technician

CCG – County Durham and Tees Valley

Tel: 01642 745429

Laura Luke (NECS) Senior Medicines Optimisation Technician

CCG – County Durham and Tees Valley

Tel: 01642 745429

All staff can be contacted by email on

Further information can be found on the team website:

The website contains guidance documents, incident reporting forms, destruction request forms, previous and current copies of the CD Learning bulletin applicable to the North East.

Yorkshire and the Humber 

Reporting incidents involving Controlled Drugs  

All incidents involving controlled drugs should be reported to the Accountable Officer. This provides assurance that any risks have been mitigated and prompts any necessary action to be taken. Reporting also allows for the identification of themes in reported incidents from which learning can be shared across the system.

Staff in organisations that do not have their own Accountable Officer should report their incidents to the accountable officer at NHS England and NHS Improvement.

You can do this online at

 Occurrence Reporting  

Organisations that do have their own Accountable Officer (designated bodies) are required to send a summary of concerns relating to controlled drugs in an ‘occurrence report’ to the accountable officer at NHS England.

This information is requested every three months and can be submitted online at

Destruction of Controlled Drugs  

Stock Controlled Drugs  

All stocks of Schedule 2 Controlled Drugs must be witnessed by a person authorised by the Lead Accountable Officer for NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Any stocks of Controlled drugs in Schedule 3, and 4 (Part 1) must be denatured before being disposed of by healthcare staff that are lawfully in possession of these, however should ensure they have a ‘T28 exemption’ from the Environment Agency that permits this activity the relevant registered premises.

You can request an authorised witness online at

Patient Returns  

Patient return Controlled Drugs for Schedule 2, 3 and 4 (Part 1) can be destroyed without the presence of an authorised witness however the destruction should be witnessed by another colleague and logs kept of destructions e.g. a Controlled Drugs Patient Returns Book. A ‘T28 exemption’ must also be in place for this to be undertaken.

Private Prescribers (Medical and Dental) 

If you are a private prescriber and you want to obtain Controlled Drugs stock or obtain FP10 stationery, please complete the following forms;

Self-Assessment Form

Mandate Form

Additional Information Form

Return your completed forms along with scanned copies of 2 forms of ID, one with a photo to

Please ensure that you fully complete the forms and provide us with the full contact details for two referees; one should be your Responsible Officer and the other your appraiser. Please notify these referees in advance of your application that NHSE&I will contact them for references.

Please note any omissions in information will delay your application.

Usual application processing can take up to 20 working days after receipt of a fully completed and accepted application form. Please note it can take longer than this for complex applications and where the application has not been completed correctly.

Community Pharmacy Private CD Code  

If you work at a community pharmacy and need a private CD contractor code you can do this by completing the private CD pharmacy contractor form and submit this back to

We will review your application and provide you with your PIN once approved.

CD LIN (Local Intelligence Networks)  

The regulations require the NHS England and NHS Improvement Accountable Officer to facilitate a ‘Local Intelligence Network’ (LIN) to share information and intelligence on the safe use and management of controlled drugs.

The Yorkshire CD LINs membership comprises of the groups below:

North Yorkshire & Humber LIN

South Yorkshire LIN 

West Yorkshire LIN

Network meetings for each group are held twice yearly. If you are a designated body and would like to join or update details of your membership, please email the Controlled Drugs team at

Guidance Documents

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

Useful Links

If you have any information, intelligence, or looking for support and guidance, please get in touch with a member of the team at Yorkshire and the Humber