Training requirements for the national Flu Vaccination Service 2017/18

Training requirements for the national Flu Vaccination Service 2017/18

July 31, 2017

The launch of the national community pharmacy Flu Vaccination Service 2017/18 is now just under five weeks away so community pharmacy contractors may wish to consider the training requirements for the service if they have not already done so.

Face-to-face training for both injection technique and basic life support

Pharmacists providing the Flu Vaccination Service need to attend face-to-face training for both injection technique and basic life support training every two years. This requirement means that a pharmacist who undertook face-to-face training for both injection technique and basic life support in 2016 would not need to undertake face-to-face training in 2017. In 2018, the pharmacist would then need to undertake face-to-face training to continue to provide the service in 2018/19.

Pharmacists who undertook face-to-face training in 2015 will need to undertake face-to-face training in 2017, prior to providing the Flu Vaccination Service 2017/18.

A list of organisations that provide vaccination training for pharmacists can be found on the PSNC website. Some LPCs are also providing training for their contractors so we suggest contacting your LPC to see if this is available in your area.

Face to face training for both injection technique and basic life support completed in: Next face to face training for both injection technique and basic life support needs to be completed in:
2015 2017
2016 2018
2017 2019

Declaration of Competence (DoC)

Pharmacists who intend to provide the Flu Vaccination Service also need to complete the NHS seasonal influenza vaccination ADVANCED Declaration of Competence (DoC) self-assessment framework and statement of declaration every two years. A pharmacist who completed this in 2016 will not be required to complete this again in 2017. In 2018, the pharmacist would then be required to complete the DoC process to continue to provide the service in 2018/19.

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2015 2017
2016 2018
2017 2019

The NHS seasonal influenza vaccination ADVANCED Declaration of Competence (DoC) self-assessment framework and statement of declaration are available on the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education website.

Pharmacists who are completing the DoC seasonal influenza vaccination ADVANCED DoC process in 2017 can start to reflect on their competencies to provide the service and complete outstanding training, learning and assessment requirements. However, pharmacists cannot complete either of these documents until the Service Specification and Patient Group Direction for the 2017/18 service are published by NHS England. 

An option to consider…

If pharmacists completed face-to-face training for both injection technique and basic life support in 2015 and the NHS seasonal influenza vaccination ADVANCED DoC process in 2016, we suggest that pharmacists consider completing the DoC process again in 2017. Since these pharmacists will need to complete face-to-face training for both injection technique and basic life support in 2017, by completing the DoC again in 2017 it will mean their training and completion of the DoC process can then be completed together every two years, rather than having to do training one year and completion of the DoC process the next.

 Further information on training can be found on the Flu Vaccination – training requirements and resources page on the PSNC website.



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