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PHE Guidance

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Vaccine Update Special Edition

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031.19 Guidance on 2019/20 season

035.19 Eligibility Fact Sheet

038.19 Pharmacist Check List

039.19 Decision Tree

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NHS FLU Leaflet 2019/20

Where To Get Vaccinated

Easy Read Leaflets

Training Requirements

PSNC Guidance on Training

e-LfH Training Course

Immunisation Training Standards

Declaration of Competence

Updated Vaccination DoC

CPPE Link

DoC Fact Sheet

Guide to the DoC System

Community pharmacists in England administered 1,431,538 flu vaccinations to patients under the national NHS Flu Vaccination Service in 2018/19.

On 20th July 2015, PSNC announced that community pharmacies in England can offer a seasonal influenza (flu) vaccination service for patients in at-risk groups.  The service can be provided by any community pharmacy that meets the expected regulations, has had the relevant training and notified NHS England they are offering the service.

The provision of flu vaccinations through local pharmacies, with no need for a prior appointment, increases access to this public health initiative to a wider cohort of patients who would not have previously accessed it.

The number of community pharmacies which provided the national NHS Flu Vaccination Service in 2018/19 was 9,071 (78.2% of all community pharmacies in England).

The average number of vaccinations carried out by each participating pharmacy was 158, although five contractors greatly exceeded this by completing over 1,000 vaccinations each, with one administering over 2,500 vaccinations.

Source: PSNC


Additional support and commonly asked questions.

  • How does Covid-19 affect the 2020/21 Flu Vaccination Service?
  • Communications about the 2020/21 vaccination service
  • Communications about the 2019/20 vaccination service
  • What are the main changes for the 2019/2020 service?
  • Which patients are eligible to receive a vaccine under the NHS community pharmacy Advanced Flu Vaccination Service?
  • Can children receive a flu vaccination under the community pharmacy Advanced Flu Vaccination Service?
  • Are pharmacy team members an eligible group for flu vaccination within the Advanced Service?
  • Are social care staff eligible for flu vaccination within the Advanced Service?
  • What are the training and premises requirements for this service?
  • Where can I access training for this service?
  • How often do I need to complete practical training in order to provide the service?
  • How often do I need to complete the vaccination DoC in order to provide the service?
  • More FAQs
  • Record Keeping and Forms
  • PharmOutcomes Support
  • Flu Guidance and Outbreak Resources Herefordshire CCG
How does Covid-19 affect the 2020/21 Flu Vaccination Service?

Following the close of the 2019/20 flu season, we are aware that training and refresher training for community pharmacy teams would normally start to take place, so everyone involved in administering the flu jabs are up-to-date with their training and ready for the new season from September.

Working with Public Health England (PHE) we have received confirmation that their immunisation standards will be amended for the coming season. Anyone who has not previously trained to undertake immunisations must undertake full training before commencing flu vaccination. However, for anyone who has undertaken the vaccinations training before and is due to undertake face-to-face training this year, in the current circumstances online training is the best option, and face-to-face training requirements can be undertaken next year instead.

PHE intend to update the HEE flu e-learning programme (available to all, free of charge at https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/flu-immunisation/) for the 2020/21 flu season. Those pharmacists who previously received immunisation training/had a role in immunisation in the past can undertake the assessment session before they undertake the whole knowledge session to see if there are gaps in their knowledge where they feel less confident. For those with some familiarity with immunisation, reading through the knowledge sessions should be relatively quick.

Pharmacists can also use the knowledge and skills competency assessment tool (Appendix A in the National minimum standards and core curriculum for immunisation training for registered healthcare practitioners) or similar assessment tools to identify the areas they need further information/training on.

As at 1 September 2020, anyone who is due to undertake annual online refresher training, but has done so within the previous 18 months, does not have to do the training again for the 2020/21 season (although they may do so if they wish). However, they must ensure that they are familiar with the various documents to support the season, including choice of vaccine and contents of the annual flu letter.

More info:
https://psnc.org.uk/services-commissioning/advanced-services/flu-vaccination-service/flu-vaccination-training/ 

What are the main changes for the 2019/2020 service?

PSNC has worked with NHS England and NHS Improvement to agree some changes to the community pharmacy Flu Vaccination Service for 2019/20, including negotiating an uplift to fees for the second consecutive year.

The changes include:

  • The fee for the service will increase to £8.08 per administered dose plus an additional fee of £1.50 per vaccination, making the total payment £9.58;
  • Due to the proven success of the service, contractors are no longer required to ask patients to complete a patient questionnaire after they have received a flu vaccination;
  • Notification of the patient having received a vaccination can no longer be sent to the patient’s GP practice by fax – this supports the Health and Social Care Secretary’s tech vision to ban fax machines in the NHS by April 2020; and
  • Claims for payments must now be made using the NHSBSA Manage Your Service (MYS) platform – PSNC has already encouraged contractors to register for MYS as the first step for preparing for the 2019/20 Pharmacy Quality Scheme.

Source: https://psnc.org.uk/our-news/flu-vaccination-service-2019-20-psnc-negotiates-fee-uplift-and-agrees-changes-to-the-service/

Which patients are eligible to receive a vaccine under the NHS community pharmacy Advanced Flu Vaccination Service?

The eligible groups for the 2019/20 service are listed in this PSNC BRIEFING.

Can children receive a flu vaccination under the community pharmacy Advanced Flu Vaccination Service?

No. The NHS Advanced Flu Vaccination Service is for patients aged 18 years and over who fall into an eligible group; it does not cover children.

Are pharmacy team members an eligible group for flu vaccination within the Advanced Service?

No. Employers may wish to offer pharmacy staff flu vaccinations as part of their occupational health arrangements, but this cannot be undertaken as part of the Advanced Service. If a pharmacy team member is eligible for an NHS flu vaccination and falls into one of the eligible patient groups for the Advanced Service, they would be able to use the service at the pharmacy.

Are social care staff eligible for flu vaccination within the Advanced Service?

Yes. NHS England will provide free flu vaccinations for social care staff who offer direct patient care this flu season. This year, the free jab will also be extended to include health and care staff in the voluntary managed hospice sector who offer direct patient care.

Free-flu-vaccinations-for-social-care-and-hospice-staff

Leaflet

Extension-of-NHS-seasonal-influenza-vaccination

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/who-should-have-flu-vaccine/

What are the training and premises requirements for this service?

For full description of the training and premises requirements, please refer to page 8-9 of the Service Specification document.

Where can I access training for this service?

Online training is available on the following link:
https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/flu-immunisation/

This interactive flu immunisation e-learning programme, written by Public Health England and produced by Health Education England’s eLearning for Healthcare, is available for anyone involved in delivering the flu immunisation programme.

Face-to-face practical training is available from the providers listed on the following PSNC page:
https://psnc.org.uk/services-commissioning/advanced-services/flu-vaccination-service/flu-vaccination-training/

How often do I need to complete practical training in order to provide the service?

NHS England and NHS Improvement has determined that pharmacists providing the Flu Vaccination Service need to attend face-to-face training for both injection technique and basic life support (including administration of adrenaline) training at least every three years. 

This requirement means that a pharmacist who undertook face-to-face training for both injection technique and basic life support in 2017 would not need to undertake face-to-face training in 2019. The pharmacist would then need to undertake face-to-face training in 2020 in order to continue to provide the service in 2020/21. Pharmacists who last undertook face-to-face training in 2016 would need to undertake face-to-face training in 2019, prior to providing the Flu Vaccination Service 2019/20.

https://psnc.org.uk/services-commissioning/advanced-services/flu-vaccination-service/flu-vaccination-training/

How often do I need to complete the vaccination DoC in order to provide the service?

Pharmacists are required to complete the Vaccination services DoC every two years as part of the requirements to be able to offer the NHS Flu Vaccination Service.

If you last completed the Vaccination services DoC in 2018/19, you would not need to complete the new vaccination DoC until 2020/21. However, pharmacists could use the e-Learning for Healthcare modules included in the updated Vaccination DoC  (01- Core knowledge  and  02- Inactivated Flu vaccines) to ensure they are up-to-date for the 2019/20 Flu Vaccination Service; this could be included as part of a pharmacist’s annual update training.

https://psnc.org.uk/our-news/updated-vaccination-services-declaration-of-competence-published/

More FAQs

For more Flu Vaccination FAQs click HERE.

Further FAQs can be found on the following links:

https://psnc.org.uk/our-news/ask-psnc-flu-faqs-11/

https://psnc.org.uk/our-news/ask-psnc-flu-faqs-10/


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