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Prescribing and Patient Group Direction

Patient Group Directions


While every precaution has been taken in the preparation of these materials, neither NHS Education for Scotland nor external contributors shall have any liability to any person or entity with respect to liability, loss or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by the information therein.

The information enclosed will help healthcare professionals to:

  • assess if the development of a Patient Group Direction is the most appropriate framework for the treatment of the patient group
  • develop a PGD by making available sample templates from a variety of organisations
  • develop and review PGDs prior to approval, by displaying a 'screening tool' for the development of PGDs
  • ensure that supporting documentation is available for the implementation of PGDs
  • access the legal framework and supporting legislation for the development and approval of PGDs
  • access guidance from The Royal Pharmaceutical Society, The Royal College of Nursing and NICE.
  • access information on the specific product characteristics for medicines
  • access patient information leaflets
  • implement information on the monitoring and management of Patient Group Directions in practice
  • share good practice from throughout Scotland
  • access a further National website that is dedicated to the development of PGDs.

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