This guidance is designed to assist organisations in identifying when a Patient Group Direction (PGD) should not be used.

The aims of this guidance are to:

  • Sign post users to alternative mechanisms for supply and administration.
  • Reduce the operational workload of developing, authorising, reviewing and updating unnecessary PGDs where simpler mechanisms for administration and supply are available.

To support this guidance SPS have also produced a series of template protocols to support the supply of several GSL medications. These protocols can be adapted and then adopted by organisations.   They may be particularly useful for organisations where patients are self-administering their regular medicines and a supply of a GSL medication, as a homely remedy, is deemed appropriate.  These template can be found below.


Change history

  1. Link to When to use a PGD (formerly 'To PGD or not to PGD') updated
  1. Published