Standing Orders Development Group

The Standing Orders Development Project is driving a coordinated, 'system wide' approach to the development of Standing Orders in Canterbury and the West Coast.

Managed by the Canterbury West Coast Standing Orders Development Group (SODG), the aim of the project is to develop a single electronic Standing Orders package, utilising HealthPathways, that is flexible enough to be used across rural and urban primary care and meets legislative requirements.

The project is in response to concern registered by the Canterbury Clinical Network from some of its Alliance Partners regarding the ad hoc approach to the development of Standing Orders (SO) across Canterbury and the West Coast.

Acknowledging the initial work completed by the Canterbury Initiative and the West Coast DHB and in response to a renewed call from the Rural Canterbury PHO, the Canterbury Clinical Network established the Canterbury and West Coast (rural and urban) Standing Orders Development Group (SODG) in October 2014.

The group's membership - made up of GPs, nurses and a pharmacist - has been endorsed by the PHO Chief Executives, the Director of Nursing Group and the PHO Clinical Governance Group Chairs. The project is expected to be completed by December 2015. An annual review process will occur on completion.

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Get started with electronic Standing Orders

To get started with electronic Standing Orders:

  •          Go to HealthPathways and type in Standing Orders in the search.
  •          Click on the Standing Orders andfollow the instructions on the Parent Page.
  •          View all the live standing orders on the Parent Page
  •          Put your Practice Policy in place.
  •          Complete the appropriate learning packages on Healthlearn.
  •          Print off the certificate and discuss this with your issuing medical practitioner.
  •          Together sign off the authorisation register.
  •          Put either the countersign or audit processes in place using the guidance provided.

You should find everything you need to get started and to be safe and legal when working under Standing Orders on the Parent Page.




Donna Hahn