The Controlled Drugs (Supervision of Management and Use) (Wales) Regulations 2008
The Controlled Drugs (Supervision of Management and Use) (Wales) Regulations 2008 came into force on 9 January 2009. These Regulations contain measures relating to arrangements underpinning the safe management and use of controlled drugs in Wales.
Part 2 of the Regulations relates to Accountable Officers for Designated Bodies. These are health care bodies, which include Local Health Boards, NHS Trusts and Welsh Independent Hospitals. Under the Regulations these are all required to appoint Accountable Officers.
Accountable officers are responsible for a number of functions relating to the safe management and use of controlled drugs. Essentially, these require the establishment by the Accountable officer of arrangements which relate to the safe management and use of controlled drugs that include safe disposal and auditing arrangements.
As well as being responsible for functions in relation to their own designated bodies, Accountable Officers have functions in relation to health care professionals and others whose work involves the management and use of controlled drugs, for which their designated body is responsible. These responsibilities include maintaining records of the investigation of concerns and taking appropriate action where there are well founded concerns.
If, after assessment of a concern the Accountable Officer decides that an investigation is needed, a number of options are open to them. They may investigate personally or request another employee of the designated body to carry out the investigation. Under some circumstances detailed in the regulations, the Accountable Officer may request officers or employees from other responsible bodies to undertake an investigation or joint investigation.
Accountable Officers need to ensure that periodic self-assessments are received from General Medical Practitioners on their designated bodies’ medical performers list and must be prepared to provide declarations and self assessments to HIW when requested to do so. Accountable officers for Local Health Boards also have particular responsibilities for setting up Local Intelligence Networks that relate to the management and use of controlled drugs, for their area.
There are limitations upon who may act as an Accountable Officer and there is a duty on designated bodies to establish arrangements for their removal from office in specified circumstances. Designated bodies are required to notify the Chief Executive of HIW of the nomination and removal of Accountable Officers and HIW will publish and maintain the list of Accountable Officers on its website.
Last updated: 23/01/2013