Ask PSNC: Flu FAQs

Ask PSNC: Flu FAQs

October 12, 2019

The services team at PSNC has received a number of queries on the NHS Flu Vaccination Service 2019/20. Below are some of the questions asked in recent weeks.

Q. Since the requirement for face-to-face training for both injection technique and basic life support now needs to be completed every three years (previously this training was required every two years), will the DoC requirement also change to every three years so the requirements can be synchronised?
No.The Declaration of Competence process remains unchanged; this needs to be completed every two years.

Q. If I am a pharmacist with a registered address in Wales or Scotland, but I will be working in an English community pharmacy providing the service, how can I access the DoC on the CPPE website?
Pharmacy professionals on the borders who work in England but live in Scotland or Wales can make a request to CPPE for their practice location to be changed on their database (telephone 0161 778 4000 or email This will allow the pharmacist access to learning and assessments plus the DoC. Every six months CPPE will automatically check if they still practise in England.

Q. The Vaccination services Declaration of Competence provides a list of recommended learning and assessments; should all of these be completed?
This is a decision that needs to be made by the individual pharmacist. A pharmacist is personally responsible for keeping their knowledge and skills up to date and relevant to their roles and responsibilities. Working through the DoC system provides a pharmacist with the opportunity to reflect on their current competencies and identify and meet their learning and assessment needs.

The list of recommended learning and assessments will help pharmacists to fill any gaps in their knowledge or competence in order to provide the Flu Vaccination Service.

Q. Who does the recommendation for a period of supervised clinical practice apply to?
The National Minimum Standards and Core Curriculum for Immunisation Training for Registered Healthcare Practitioners document states that those new to immunisation should receive comprehensive foundation immunisation training, either through a face to face taught course or a blended approach of both e-learning and a face to face taught course. New immunisers should also have a period of supervised practice and support with a registered healthcare practitioner who is experienced, up to date and competent in immunisation.

Q. Does the recommendation for a period of supervised clinical practice apply to pharmacists who have previously been trained to vaccinate?
If you have vaccinated patients in the past and consider yourself to be an experienced vaccinator, supervised practice would only be required if you feel it would benefit your professional practice, for example, if a long duration of time has passed since you last vaccinated patients.

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