Patient Group Direction (PGD) courses

Patient Group Directions (PGDs) enable pharmacists to provide medicines and vaccines privately to support a wide range of patient groups and conditions. The NPA offers vaccination training and PGDs through our partnerships at very competitive rates on an extensive range of flu, travel, vaccination and non-vaccination/clinical (formerly oral/topical) PGDs.

PGDs enable pharmacists to supply and administer specified medicines to pre-defined groups of patients without a prescription as part of service delivery eg private flu vaccination.

Benefits to your business from offering services:

  • Increases your footfall and your revenue streams
  • Drives repeat demand
  • Provides the pharmacist with additional skill-set
  • Improves the visibility of your business in the local community profile
  • Develops your potential market

Services are good for your patients and customers as:

  • Community pharmacies are highly accessible
  • They have the assurance of being offered advice, medication and/or vaccination by a trained, accredited and trusted front-line healthcare professional
  • Your service is convenient
  • You may offer out-of-hours access due to extended opening hours

Understanding behaviour change RSPH accredited

The aim of this qualification is to provide the learner with the knowledge and confidence to offer opportunistic brief advice to, or engage in brief interventions with, individuals about behaviour change which could improve their health and well being.

Understanding health improvement RSPH accredited

Both the RSPH and Department of Health believe that the workplace offers a real opportunity for health improvement, and employers are increasingly supporting the issue of staff health and wellbeing as good practice. Of course, you are in an ideal place to promote healthy living to your local community too.

  • Enable participants to gain better understanding and appreciation of how inequalities in health may develop and what the current policies are for addressing these.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the principles of promoting health and well-being and equip you to provide practical support for individuals trying to attain a healthier lifestyle.
  • Qualifying in Understanding Health Improvement will not only empower you in making healthier lifestyle choices, but also enable you to give advice thus enhancing the customer experience.

Flu & Covid-19 Vaccination

Travel health

There are 42 million trips abroad each year where the traveller doesn't seek travel health advice. An increasing number of pharmacies are setting up travel clinics to help change this trend.

Established and operational in over 1,000 UK pharmacies since 2015, the Pharmadoctor Travel Health Clinic Package is proven to be a key asset for pharmacies looking to set up a new travel health service or enhance the service they are already offering.

Men’s health

By signing up to the Pharmadoctor Men's Health Clinic Package you'll be in a position to treat male patients suffering from common conditions like hair loss and erectile dysfunction as well as conduct broader consultations for a range of male health concerns.


With debilitating symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and increased sensitivity to light or sound, migraine is a common health condition, affecting around one in every five women and around one in every 15 men in the UK.

Patients regularly turn to pharmacies for means of easing their symptoms so it is a perfect setting for a comprehensive migraine prevention and treatment clinical service.


Due largely to the success of the national flu programme and pharmacy travel clinics, vaccinations in pharmacy have become the norm for millions of patients so it makes sense for pharmacists to offer a wide range of vaccines as part of their service. Whether patients missed out on childhood vaccinations or they need a hepatitis B jab for a new job, you can help them.

Minor ailments

By signing up to the Pharmadoctor Minor Ailments Clinic Package you'll be able to help those looking to reduce the amount of alcohol they drink, to treat patients suffering from common conditions like migraine and weight management as well as a range of other health complaints such as acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome and many more.

Pick 'n' mix Clinic

While we have grouped together a number of our service packages to create specific clinics, we recognise that it is also important to give pharmacists the option of tailoring their offering to the needs of their patients.

The Pharmadoctor Pick 'n' Mix Clinic Package represents an economic way of allowing pharmacies to offer their patients multiple services which are not necessarily all within the same area of healthcare. The pharmacy becomes a unique clinic, catering directly to the specific needs of its community.