Patient Group Directions - elearning for healthcare
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About the Patient Group Directions programme

The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) is part of the Manchester Pharmacy School, within the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences at the University of Manchester. It is funded by Health Education England to provide educational solutions for the NHS pharmacy workforce to maximise its contribution to improving patient care.

The aim of this elearning programme, which was developed by CPPE, is to support people and organisations who are considering, developing, authorising and using patient group directions (PGDs) to deliver NHS services in line with legislation and NICE medicines practice guideline (MPG2).

Whether you are a commissioner or a provider, this programme can support you. It signposts learners to a wealth of resources, including a PGD website which contains answers to frequently asked questions and includes information on competency frameworks for people who are developing, authorising, reviewing, updating and using PGDs. Access it today to learn how PGDs can be used in your practice as an appropriate means of patient care.

More information

This elearning programme is intended for:

  • All health professionals

On completion of all aspects of this elearning programme learners should be able to:

  • work with interprofessional colleagues to determine whether a PGD is the most appropriate way to supply or administer a medicine in a particular clinical situation
  • use current legislation and guidelines to develop and implement PGDs to ensure patients get timely access to safe and effective care
  • apply the appropriate competency frameworks and governance arrangements within your professional responsibility to develop, authorise, use, review or update a PGD
  • refer to and contribute to the local practice collection on PGDs on the NICE website.

How to access

Available to all

The Patient Group Directions programme is freely available to access here.
Please note your progress and completion of sessions will not be recorded and you will not be able to generate a record of completion. If you require evidence of learning, please register and then log in to access this programme on the elfh Hub.

If you already have an account with elfh, then you can enrol on to the Patient Group Directions programme by logging in to the elfh Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My elearning section.

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To view the Patient Group Directions programme, select the View button below. If you already have an account with elfh, you will also be able to login and enrol on the programme from the View button.

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NHS healthcare staff in England

The Patient Group Directions programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this elearning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Further details are available here.

Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access elfh Hub, you may be able to access the service by creating an OpenAthens account.

To check whether or not you qualify for free access via OpenAthens, you can view the eligibility criteria and register on the ‘OpenAthens’ portal.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the Patient Group Directions programme, please contact elfh directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact elfh directly to express interest.

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