NHS Flu Service: PGD & Service Specification Released

NHS Flu Service: PGD & Service Specification Released

August 28, 2020

NHS England and Improvement have today released the service specification and supporting Patient Group Directions for the Community Pharmacy Influenza Programme.

You can access them here: https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/community-pharmacy-seasonal-influenza-vaccine-service/

We expect further details and guides direct from the services team at PSNC however we believed that it may be helpful for contractors to confirm their understandings as soon as possible.

Announcement summary:

  • Flu vaccination service specification and national Patient Group Direction (PGD) published
  • Service to commence on Tuesday 1st September 2020
  • PSNC has successfully negotiated key flexibilities to help contractors to offer the service in a COVID-safe way, allowing for vaccinations off-site and outside the consultation room
  • Pharmacies can also now vaccinate care home staff at their place of work
  • PSNC has also secured administrative improvements including a new verbal consent model
  • Funding is still under negotiation – PSNC is pushing hard for an uplift to funding

Read more regarding the announcement summary on the PSNC website.

The PSNC flu page will be updated as more information becomes available.

The key changes are:

  • Need to obtain written consent removed. Contractors must record verbal consent obtained
  • Patient cohorts updated to reflect the content of the 2020/21 Annual Flu Letter
  • Need to notify regional teams prior to undertaking vaccinations off-site is removed
  • Need to notify patient’s GP in advance of vaccinating a patient in their home / care home is removed
  • Restrictions on off-site vaccination (only in patient’s home and care homes) removed and contractors are now able to vaccinate off-site within professional standards (this includes being able to vaccinate care home staff within the care home)
  • Contractors able to vaccinate patients in any appropriate space within the pharmacy (although the requirement to have a consultation room remains, and the patient must still be able to have their vaccination in the consultation room if they request it)



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