PGDs in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset, and Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

PGD Definition

A PGD is defined in Health Service Circular (HSC 2000/026) as:

‘Written instructions for the supply or administration of medicines to groups of patients who may not be individually identified before presentation for treatment.’

PGDs provide a legal framework that allows the supply and/or administration of a specified medicine(s), by named, authorised, registered health professionals, to a pre-defined group of patients needing prophylaxis or treatment for a condition described in the PGD, without the need for a prescription or an instruction from a prescriber. Using a PGD is not a form of prescribing.

Using PGDs

It should be remembered that PGDs cannot be used if the act of supply or administration is delegated to someone else. Unlicensed products cannot be supplied or administered under a PGD and that PGDs are not appropriate for the regular supply, administration or dose adjustment of medicines in chronic illnesses. In these situations, independent prescribing (medical and non-medical) or supplementary prescribing is more appropriate.

PGDs do not remove the inherent professional obligations or accountability and it is the responsibility of each professional to practise only within the bounds of their own competence and to ensure they continue to keep their professional development up to date. Health care professionals working under PGDs should sign the authorisation form at the back of the PGD to declare themselves competent as to confirm that they have read the PGD and would in accordance with it. This competence should be confirmed by an appropriate authorising manager or GP who is taking responsibility for the authorising healthcare professional to operate under the terms of this PGD within a NHS commissioned service.

The patient group directions listed below should only be used by designated health care professionals as mentioned in law and documented in the staff characteristics of the specific PGD.

All NHS PGDs must only be used as part of a commissioned NHS service. Immunisations in line with the national immunisation schedule are commissioned by NHS England.

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The PGDs available on this website should only be used by designated health care professionals as mentioned in law and documented in the staff characteristics of the specific PGD.

All NHS PGDs must only be used as part of a commissioned NHS service. Immunisations in line with the national immunisation schedule are commissioned by NHS England.

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