Flu Vaccination Service
Flu Vaccination Service
NHS England has announced it will recommission the Community Pharmacy Seasonal Influenza Vaccination programme in 2016/17.
The terms and fees for the recommissioned service will remain the same as in 2015/16. Further guidance will be issued to community pharmacy contractors once legislation and associated documents have been updated to take into account the recommissioning of this service.
On 20th July 2015, PSNC announced that as part of the 2015/16 community pharmacy funding settlement NHS England had agreed to allow community pharmacies in England to offer a seasonal influenza (flu) vaccination service for patients in at-risk groups. This service is the fifth Advanced Service in the English Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF) and provision of the service commenced from 16th September 2015.
The service can be provided by any community pharmacy in England that fully meets the requirements for provision of the service and has notified NHS England of their intention to begin providing the service by completing a notification form on the NHS BSA website. The links below provide full details on the service requirements and associated briefing and support materials.
PSNC Briefing 053/15: Guidance on the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service provides detailed guidance on the service and should be read by all contractors prior to providing the service (this is currently being updated for the 2016/17 service).
Pharmacy contractor notification of intention to begin providing the service (NHS BSA website)
Contractors only have to notify NHS England via this electronic form on the NHS BSA website once; the notification relates to the pharmacy, not to individual pharmacists providing the service. 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.
Seasonal flu vaccination for pharmacy staff 2015/16 letter
Dr Keith Ridge, NHS England’s Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, writes to remind pharmacists and other health and care professionals of the importance of vaccinating staff against flu.
Pharmacists and pharmacy contractors practising in Wales should visit the Community Pharmacy Wales website for information on flu vaccination services in Wales.