NHS Pharmacy Flu Service

The 2019/20 NHS Flu Service 

The Service Specification and PGD have now been published and are available here.

The key changes for the season are:

  • The fee for the service will increase to £8.08 per administered dose plus an additional fee of £1.50 per vaccination, making the total payment £9.58;
  • Due to the proven success of the service, contractors are no longer required to ask patients to complete a patient questionnaire after they have received a flu vaccination;
  • Notification of the patient having received a vaccination can no longer be sent to the patient’s GP practice by fax – this supports the Health and Social Care Secretary’s tech vision to ban fax machines in the NHS by April 2020; and
  • Claims for payments must now be made using the NHSBSA Manage Your Service (MYS) platform – PSNC has already encouraged contractors to register for MYS as the first step for preparing for the 2019/20 Pharmacy Quality Scheme.

Access the PSNC Guidance Document here.

Access the PSNC Flu Page here.

Vaccine Supply for 2019-20

Guidance on ordering vaccines for the 2019-20 season can be found on the PSNC website.

Annual Flu Letter for 19/20

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), NHS England, and Public Health England (PHE) have published a flu letter providing information about which adults and children are eligible for vaccination in the national flu immunisation programme for 2019/20.

The letter has been published and is available via the PSNC website.

PSNC Resources 

Recorded presentation on the Flu Vaccination Service 2019/20
This 15-minute recorded presentation outlines what community pharmacy teams need to know about this year’s Flu Vaccination Service.

PSNC Briefing 031/19: Guidance on the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service 2019/20
This Briefing should be read in conjunction with the service specification and PGD and explains what contractors need to do to offer the service.

PSNC Briefing 035/19: Factsheet: Eligible groups for the Flu Vaccination Service 2019/20
This Briefing outlines the eligible groups for the Flu Vaccination Service 2019/20. This could be displayed and used as a ‘quick reference’ to assist with determining if a patient is eligible for a vaccination.

PSNC Briefing 038/19: Pharmacist checklist for the Flu Vaccination Service 2019/20
This PSNC Briefing provides a checklist for community pharmacists (both locum and employed pharmacists) on tasks to complete before providing the service.

PSNC Briefing 039/19: Decision tree: Recommended influenza vaccines 2019/20
This PSNC Briefing outlines the recommended influenza vaccines for the different age groups, including those individuals with an egg allergy, as a decision tree for the 2019/20 service.

All of the above resources and further information on the service can also be found on the flu vaccination hub on the PSNC website.