Patient group directions
Patient Group Directions (PGDs) consist of a legal framework allowing some health care professionals to supply and administer medicines to groups of patients that fit the criteria laid out in the PGD. A health care professional could supply and/or administer a medicine directly to a patient without the need for a prescription or an instruction from a prescriber. PGDs allow the supply and administration of specified medicines to patients who fall into a group defined in the PGD.
The PGD has to be valid and certain criteria met in terms of the patient group that the PGD can be used for, and in how the PGD itself is drawn up. Barnsley CCG has a responsibility to ensure that fully competent, trained health care professionals use PGDs.
Patient Group Directions for the National Immunisation Programme can be accessed on the NHS England North website at the following link: https://www.england.nhs.uk/north/our-work/pgds/
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