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Prescribing and Patient Group Direction

What is a Patient Specific Direction (PSD)?

Independent prescribers can issue a written Patient Specific Direction (PSD), which instructs another individual to supply or administer a medicine to a specified patient. An HCA would be able to administer, for example, a flu jab if prescribed by a doctor or other qualified prescriber via a Patient Specific Direction (PSD). It could be a prescription or simple written or electronicm instruction in the patient’s notes. In law anyone may follow a PSD without the need to be a healthcare professional. NHS organisations may extend or limit those who are authorised to supply or administer medicines under a PSD.

The use of PSDs are outwith the scope of this resource. For further advice please contact your local prescribing lead.