Public Health England (PHE) Patient Group Directions

Jo Jenkins, Specialist Pharmacist (Patient Group Directions) SPS Medicines Use and Safety Division Source Public Health EnglandPublished

Patient Group Directions (PGD) have been developed by Public Health England for a variety of clinical scenarios.   These can be found at the links below. 

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PHE PGD templates have been clinically authorised by a doctor, pharmacist and nurse. To be legally valid PGDs the templates require further authorisation (in Section 2) by an appropriate person on behalf of the commissioner or provider organisation, in accordance with PGD legislation and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance. This person may be a clinical governance lead, patient safety lead, or other appropriate individual who has designated responsibility for signing PGDs for the organisation. The PGD must not be used without this local, formal authorisation.

Practitioners wishing to use a PGD must also be designated in writing (i.e. in Section 7) and authorised to work under it.

Adoption and governance of the use of PHE PGD templates is the responsibility of the authorising commissioning body and providers.

Provider organisations and health professionals  should check they are working to the current PGD versions and only work to legally authorised PGDs from their organisation or appropriate commissioner.

For further information, the relevant PHE team detailed in the PGD should be contacted.