Systems and processes for developing, reviewing and authorising PGDs have been subject to change over recent years in response to changes in the available technology and in commissioning arrangements for services.
The development of e-systems for patient records and also for developing and authorising governance documents within organisations has resulted in queries about the use of electronic documents for the development, review and authorisation of PGDs and about the use of electronic records and documents for the authorisation of individual practitioners.
PGD signatories may not necessarily work in the same location or for the same organisation and this has led to queries about use of electronic records to record authorisation of PGDs received remotely.
For the purposes of this Q&A
- the term ‘document’ refers to the PGD itself which is generally developed and saved as a word processed or pdf file. The term document is interchangeable with ‘PGD’ throughout.
- the term ‘record’ may refer to the system used to obtain and record a signature to authorise the document or authorise a practitioner to use the PGD or to other organisational records.