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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…

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…

Safe and Secure Administration of Medication in Police Custody

9 September 2020These guidelines published by the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine (FFLM) help clarify, roles, responsibilities and legalities in this area of practice. The guidelines…

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…

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…

Reproductive Health Patient Group Direction (PGD) Templates

25 March 2020SPS and the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health (FSRH), with the support of specialist stakeholders working within clinical practice, have produced PGD templates for…

Can bank and agency staff operate under an organisation’s Patient Group Directions (PGDs)?

25 February 2020Organisations who utilise bank or agency staff may consider allowing these staff members to operate under PGDs to maintain service provision. Whilst there is nothing…

Medicines Shortages and Patient Group Directions

16 December 2019Medicine Shortages can occur for many reasons including manufacturing and quality control problems, delays in supply chains and discontinuations. Where a medicine supplied and/or administered…