The paper patient group direction (PGD) solution gives pharmacists the chance to run a travel clinic autonomously. Through a series of online training and assessments, provided via Valneva, the pharmacist proves their competency in the field of travel medicine prior to launching their vaccination service.
The PGDs set clear inclusion and exclusion criteria regarding patient eligibility and, once signed off by our Multi-Disciplinary Team, give the pharmacist the authority to administer vaccines/medicine, assuming the patient is eligible under the terms of the PGDs.
All documents needed for records of consultations are provided and the pharmacist is responsible for keeping them.
Once the pharmacists have completed their online training and assessments, they will be able to download their PGDs within their PharmaDoctor account.
The only further requirement is that they have completed practical training and have the requisite vaccination skills to run a clinic.
For further details on the alternative travel clinic option, the ETool, please visit this page.
Pharmacists have to register an account with online training provider Valneva: https://vip.valnevauk.com/. They then complete online assessments in relation to travel health, within their account.
Once the training has been completed PharmaDoctor will get a notification from Valneva and set up your PharmaDoctor account and mark training as passed. You will then log into your account to purchase and download the PGDs.
The ongoing training requirements are then the pharmacist’s responsibility; it is a good idea to attend appropriate travel health conferences and courses, as well as keep up to date with the Valneva training modules.
NaTHNaC training to become a yellow fever vaccine clinic
Pharmacists must contact NaTHNaC and complete their relevant training courses if they wish to become a registered yellow fever vaccination clinic.
Our doctor will support a pharmacist’s application so long as they have already passed their Valneva training.
The PharmaDoctor Travel PGD option is competively priced (please call 0203 176 0022 for full details) and once signed off, the PGDs are valid for 12 months.
Pharmacists also have access to online marketing materials (files for leaflets, posters, letters etc to be printed).
The PGDs can only be used by pharmacists with a valid GPhC registration number and the clinic has to be run out of a GPhC registered pharmacy.
Each PGD has a different age restriction but most have a minimum age of 12. Paediatric versions of the PGDs are available as well and most (but not all) of those bring the age restriction down to 2 years.
The paper based system means that the pharmacist has to ensure all records are stored in an orderly fashion for audit purposes.