The Patient Group Direction (PGD) solution gives pharmacists the chance to run a travel clinic autonomously. Through a series of online and practical training and assessments, 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 training and assessments with the nurse, as well as the PGDs, they will also be given full access and authorisation to use the ETool.
The only further requirement is that they complete the online ETool tutorials and consultation scenarios to ensure they know how to use the system. For further details on the ETool please visit this page.
Pharmacists have to register a PharmaDoctor account and study the online materials provided. They then complete online assessments in relation to travel health, within their account.
The pharmacist has to attend a PharmaDoctor Travel Health Training Course, which covers both disease awareness and practical vaccination skills. The third and final step is to book a site visit and assessment with one of PharmaDoctor’s team of travel health nurses.
This is usually a half-day session during which the nurse will check that the facilities are up to the required standard and observe the pharmacist with their first 4 patients.
So long as the nurse is happy with the pharmacist’s competence, the Multi-Disciplinary Team will sign off the PGDs and the pharmacist will be able to begin running the service.
The ongoing training requirements are then the pharmacist’s responsibility but the team of nurses are always available to offer advice, such as appropriate travel health conferences and courses to attend.
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 site assessment with one of the nurses.
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.
All online study materials are included in the price, so too the cost of attending the training day, the nurse’s site visit and full access to the ETool.
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.
Pharmacists must have access to a computer and the internet to ensure they are referring to the most recent versions of the PGDs.
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, though if they use the ETool for consultations, an electronic record will be automatically stored on the system.