Doctors, dentists, and use of PGDs

Jo Jenkins, Specialist Pharmacist (Patient Group Directions) SPS Medicines Use and Safety Division Published


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


  • Only healthcare professionals listed in the PGD legislation can supply or administer medications under a PGD, this does not include doctors and dentists.
  • Doctors and dentists cannot administer medicines under a Written Instruction used for Occupational Health Services (OHS).
  • Doctors and dentists can legally prescribe and subsequently administer the medicine they have prescribed.  They can also administer a medicine prescribed by another prescriber.

Further information

  • For peer to peer ‘flu vaccinations doctors and dentists may vaccinate their peers either by prescribing and administering the vaccine or administering under the prescription of another prescriber: the process to be followed is for local agreement following governance considerations.
  • Where a doctor or dentist is prescribing and administering a flu vaccine and are not a specialist in occupational health they should act within the same framework as other peer to peer vaccinators.  They should complete the same training/declare themselves as competent and use the PGD or WI as guidance (i.e. inclusion/exclusion criteria) and refer to an OHS specialist any person falling outside the inclusion criteria/who are excluded as any other peer to peer vaccinator would be expected to.