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Prescribing and Patient Group Direction

Patient Group Directions 2015

About this PGD Guidance

This guidance consists of 7 stand alone sections with suggested activities that link to local processes and resources. You will be able to go through each section with no need to navigate away from them unless you undertatke the suggested activities. You may however find it more beneficial to you if you work your way through the sections from beginning to the end in a logical order, completing the suggested activities as you go.

What is the purpose of this guidance?

  • This guidance will help clarify what PGDs are.
  • How PGDs can be safely used.
  • Identify what considerations have to be taken before producing any new PGDs.
  • Identify responsibilities of managers responsible for staff using PGDs
  • Identify responsibilities of staff who have been authorised to use PGDs.

Who is this guidance for?

  • Practitioners involved in development of PGDs
  • Practitioners involved in using PGDs in different care settings
  • Managers who have a responsibility to authorise and assess the competency of the staff in their correct usage of PGDs.