Service specification & PGD for national Flu Vaccination Service 2017/18 now available


Service specification & PGD for national Flu Vaccination Service 2017/18 now available

August 29, 2017

The service specification and Patient Group Direction (PGD) for the community pharmacy Flu Vaccination Advanced Service 2017/18 have today been published.

The specification and PGD set out information about provision of the service and they should be read alongside PSNC’s detailed guidance on the service.

Service Specification for the Flu Vaccination Advanced Service 2017/18

PGD for the Flu Vaccination Advanced Service 2017/18

PSNC Briefing 055/17: Guidance on the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service 2017/18

The documents explain what community pharmacy contractors need to do to offer the service, including how to confirm that their premises are appropriate, pharmacist training and Declaration of Competence requirements, data capture and sharing of information, vaccine storage, gaining patient consent, GP notification and claiming payments.

Publication of the service specification and the PGD means that contractors now have further information on the service to use in finalising their preparations for provision of the service. However, contractors will not be able to begin providing the service and vaccinating patients until amendments to The Pharmaceutical Services (Advanced and Enhanced Services) (England) Directions 2013 (the Directions) have been made which provide the legal basis for provision of the service. We expect the NHS to confirm it has taken the final steps to allow the service to begin in the next couple of days and contractors are advised to sign up to PSNC’s email newsletters at and to check regularly for the latest updates.

Notifying NHS England of intention to provide the Flu Vaccination Service

Contractors can now notify NHS England of their intention to begin providing the Flu Vaccination Service by completing the notification form available on the NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) website.

This must be done annually therefore even if a contractor provided the service in 2016/17 they must complete this sign-up process again.

Contractors need to complete this form for all their pharmacies from which the Flu Vaccination Service will be offered.

If the form is not completed before provision of the service, claims for payment will not be accepted by the NHS BSA.

The electronic form on the NHS BSA website asks for the Pharmacy Organisation Code; this is the ODS or F code for the pharmacy that is used on the end of month submission to the Pricing Authority. If the form is incorrectly completed it may result in a delay in payment for the service.

IT platform for Flu Vaccination Service Patient Questionnaires

NHS England has made available the IT platform used last year, to enable patient questionnaires from the Flu Vaccination Service to be completed electronically either by the patient themselves or with help from the pharmacy team.

Contractors are reminded that it is a requirement of the service to ask all patients who have a flu vaccination to complete the patient questionnaire.

guidance document on how to use to IT platform is available.

Further information on the IT platform can be found on the Flu Vaccination – Patient questionnaire page on the PSNC website.

LPC support

As well as PSNC’s guidance, contractors may also want to check the latest information from their LPC as in many areas they have worked with the local NHS England team to put IT systems in place to support provision of the service. These may allow pharmacies to electronically inform GPs when they vaccinate patients, for example.

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