P_CIG_13 Development and Control of Patient Group Directions (PGDs)

The purpose of this policy is to set out a generic framework for a co-ordinated approach to the development and control of PGDs in use in Lincolnshire Community Health Services (LCHS) Trust. The policy contains a standard template for all Trust PGDs. Using the framework and template should ensure that PGDs comply with the legislation and are reviewed and updated as required. 

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. A PGD is not a form of prescribing.

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