Community Health Services, Guidance

Written Instruction for the administration of seasonal ‘flu vaccination (2020/21 version)

24 November 2020UPDATED AUTUMN 2020 to reflect legislation changes and UK availability of Flublok (QIVr) Following advice issued in Spring 2018 advising on the use of Patient…

Summary of NICE guidance for Managing medicines for adults receiving social care in the community

14 November 2020This edition of NICE Bites reflects current NICE guidance (as at November 2020). Please go to NICE to check for any recent updates to this…

PGDs and Occupational Health Services

22 October 2020The attached Q&A has been written in response to enquiries we have received concerning the use of Patient Group Directions (PGDs) and written instructions in Occupational Health…

Suggestions for Therapeutic Drug Monitoring in Adults in Primary Care

29 September 2020This document is intended to support local discussions on how to monitor commonly prescribed high risk medicines in primary care.    The monitoring parameters cited…

Patient Group Directions in Complex Commissioning Scenarios

8 September 2020Commissioning of NHS and publically funded health services has become increasingly complex with many services provided by a number of providers with sub-contracting or sub-commissioning…

Can Nursing Associates and Physician Associates operate under a Patient Group Direction?

8 September 2020Only those professions listed in legislation can operate under a Patient Group Direction (PGD). Neither Nursing Associates nor Physician Associates are currently included within the…

Advice on the preparation and/or administration of contrast agents supplied under a Patient Group Direction

12 August 2020Questions have been asked as to whether or not it is acceptable for a registered or unregistered healthcare professional (HCP) to prepare and/or administer contrast…

Patient Group Direction use by temporary/provisional professional registrants

10 August 2020In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the Healthcare Professionals Council (HCPC) and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) have opened…

Patient Group Direction use in End of Life Care

10 August 2020Questions are frequently asked around the use of Patient Group Direction (PGDs) use in End of Life Care (EoLC). As with any other patient pathway…

What is serotonin syndrome and which medicines cause it?

22 May 2020This Medicines Q&A outlines the causes and symptoms of serotonin syndrome and provides examples of medicines with the potential to cause serotonin syndrome.