Course PGD - Patient Group Directions

The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines and offers 1 hour of CPD credit


On successful completion of this course you will be able to print your own CPD accredited certificate via your courses home page.

Course covers the following:

This module provides good practice recommendations for individual people and organisations involved with PGDs, with the aim of ensuring patients receive safe and appropriate care and timely access to medicines, in line with legislation.

This guideline is written in the context of the NHS in England, including independent organisations or contractors who are commissioned to provide NHS services. It may also be applicable to individual people and organisations delivering non-NHS healthcare services, and to some of the devolved administrations.

Target Audience

This course is aimed at all Trust Staff, GP Practices, Community Pharmacies, Dentists It provides essential background information on PGDs.

The preferred way for patients to receive medicines is for a trained health care professional to prescribe for individual patients on a one-to-one basis. An alternative to a prescription for an individual patient is for a prescriber to give a documented Patient Specific Direction (PSD), which instructs another health care professional to supply or administer a medicine to a specified patient.

A Patient Group Direction (PGD) is a written instruction for the sale, supply and/or administration of named medicines in an identified clinical situation. It applies to groups of patients who may not be individually identified before presenting for treatment. ´┐ŻA PGD is not a form of prescribing.

Course duration:
Most of our courses have a seat time of approximately 45 to 60 mins; obviously the time to complete a course depends on each learner. All courses offer bookmarking in order for the trainee to take bite sized sessions if activate bookmarking simply exit the course and accept the bookmark on your return.

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