Patient group directions (PGDs) and patient specific directions (PSDs)


Patient group directions (PGDs) and patient specific directions (PSDs) are already widely used in large-scale vaccination programmes and travel clinics, and are likely to be increasingly deployed in busy primary care settings to allow tasks to be delegated safely and efficiently.

However, this area can cause confusion for prescribers and non-prescribers alike, such as the differences between PGDs and PSDs, the suitability of certain types of drugs for a PGD or PSD, and who can use them within the healthcare team.

This module would be helpful to both prescribers, and healthcare professionals who administer medications.

By the end of this module, you should understand:

  • the purpose of PGDs and PSDs and the differences between them
  • regulations and good practice guidance that apply to PGDs and PSDs
  • medico-legal risks associated with delegating drug administration and supply, and the measures practices need to take to manage them.

The module uses examples and interactive questions and scenarios to guide you through and help consolidate your learning, with a short quiz at the end to check your knowledge and understanding.

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