Patient Group Directives are changing

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The way that Patient Group Directives (PGD) are communicated and acknowledged is changing.

Patient Group Directions (PGDs) provide a legal framework that allows some registered health professionals to supply and/or administer specified medicines to a pre-defined group of patients, without them having to see a prescriber (such as a doctor or nurse prescriber).

From the 3rd August 2020
, all PGD’s will be available via the JRCALC application which is available on smart phones, tablets and computers.

Within the PGDs section, there will be an ‘acknowledgement’ function available once the PGD has been read and understood. This acknowledgement will replace the handwritten signature to confirm understanding and application of the PGD contents.

The PGDs available for you to acknowledge (sign) will be clinical grade specific, but you will be able to view the entre EEAST PGD suites for all clinical grades.

This will be replacing the current paper-copy process which requires clinicians to read the PGD on station, witnessed by a manager or LOM, signing that it has been read and adding it to each individual person’s file.

The benefit of the change will be an up-to-date and reportable register of every Paramedic having acknowledged (signed) the PGDs and will ensure timely communications of updates and amendments to PGDs as they develop.

This change will require the downloading of the app by every Paramedic and compliance will be being monitored by the Medicines Management Team.

If you do not have access to the app already, this can be requested by emailing with your name and clinical grade. The App is free to download and access.

Should you wish to retain a hard copy for your own portfolio, the entire PGD suite will still be available via E24 as well.

Thank you for your time. We hope that this will aid in your professional development. 

The Medicines Management Team


Published 29th July 2020 

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