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Care Homes and COVID-19: Oxygen management

21 January 2021Home oxygen therapy is commonly used in care homes by patients with underlying lung conditions. In the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there may be an increased…

Doctors, dentists, and use of PGDs

15 December 2020Doctors and dentists cannot supply or administer medications under a PGD or Written Instruction.  This page gives further detail on why this is the case.

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…

How do the different types of enteral feeding tubes available affect drug administration?

9 September 2020This updated Medicines Q&A is a quick reference summary to different types of enteral feeding tubes, in relation to medication issues. Not all enteral feeding…

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…

Virtual MDT in care homes during COVID-19

22 July 2020During the Covid 19 pandemic it was vital to develop safe new ways of providing services to care home residents, whilst face to face interaction…

Cross-sector support to care homes in Leeds

21 July 2020The Leeds Senior Leadership Team (SLT) have tackled their support to care homes collaboratively, with oversight from the following local leaders: Chief Pharmacist Acute Hospital:…

Introduction of Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD) to support Care Homes and improve communication

21 July 2020This example summarises the steps that the Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes (MOCH) team at Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG has taken to improve communication and…