Flu Vaccination – providing the service in care homes

Flu Vaccination – providing the service in care homes

One of the eligible patient groups for the service is people living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities. The Flu Vaccination Service must be provided on the pharmacy premises in the consultation room, but where a community pharmacy contractor has been asked to vaccinate people in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility, and the contractor agrees to vaccinate these patients, they may do this at the care home/facility if this is approved by the local NHS England team.

The contractor must follow the protocols set out in Annex C of the service specification which includes seeking approval from NHS England to provide vaccinations at the care home/facility using the request form:

Request form to provide NHS flu vaccination to care home or long stay residential home patients 2017/18 (Word)

Request form to provide NHS flu vaccination to care home or long stay residential home patients 2017/18 (PDF)

The completed form should be emailed to your local NHS England team:

NHS England local team email addresses for community pharmacy matters

FAQs

Q. Can I administer flu vaccinations at premises other than the pharmacy premises?
If a pharmacy receives a request from a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility to vaccinate a resident/patient away from the pharmacy premises and approval is given by the local NHS England team then a contractor can provide vaccinations at a suitable location within the care home or care facility (contractors must follow the protocols set out in Annex C of the service specification). However, the service does not allow pharmacists to provide off-site vaccinations for any other group of patients at any other premises.

Q. Would people living in supported accommodation such as sheltered accommodation be eligible for an off-site flu vaccination?
No. People living in supported accommodation such as sheltered accommodation would not fall under the eligible group ‘people living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities’ and would therefore not be eligible for an off-site flu vaccination. However, they may be eligible for an NHS flu vaccination if they fall into one of the other eligible groups for the Advanced Service and if so, could have a flu vaccination at the pharmacy.

Q. When I seek consent from NHS England to vaccinate patients in a care home, do I first need to inform the patients’ GP practices that the pharmacy has been asked to undertake the vaccinations?
Yes.  The requirements in Annex C of the service specification includes the need to contact each patient’s GP practice prior to seeking consent from the local NHS England team. The request form sent to NHS England requires the contractor to declare that they have undertaken this already, so it is imperative that this is undertaken before the declaration is completed.

Q. How long will the local NHS England team take to respond to a request to vaccinate people off-site who are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility?
NHS England should provide the pharmacy contractor with a response to vaccinate people off-site who are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility within five working days of receiving the request (if for clinical reasons approval is needed more quickly that must be arranged locally).

Q. Can I administer flu vaccinations at individual patient’s homes (not care homes) or at workplaces?
No, that is not currently permitted.

Q. Do contractors have to arrange their own clinical waste disposal service to dispose of waste resulting from the NHS Flu Vaccination Service?
Yes. Contractors have to arrange their own clinical waste disposal service to dispose of waste resulting from the NHS Flu Vaccination Service when providing the service from the pharmacy and also when providing the service from long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities.

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