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Equivalent doses of oral benzodiazepines

8 December 2020Benzodiazepines are the most commonly used anxiolytics and hypnotics. There are major differences in potency between different benzodiazepines and this difference in potency is important…

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 Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

14 November 2020Since this edition of NICE Bites was published, NICE has updated its guideline to indicate that an ECG is not needed before starting stimulants, atomoxetine…

National Homecare Medicines Committee (NHMC) – Example Data Protection Protocol

26 October 2020The NHMC have prepared an example Data Protection Protocol for homecare medicines services. This document has been prepared to aid contracting authorities in preparing an…

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…

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…