Ask PSNC: Flu FAQs

Ask PSNC: Flu FAQs

September 4, 2018

The team at PSNC has received a number of queries on the NHS Flu Vaccination Service 2018/19. Below are some of the questions asked in recent weeks.

Q. Do pharmacists have to sign a copy of the national PGD?
Yes, pharmacists must sign a copy of the PGDto indicate that they understand the PGD requirements and agree to work under those requirements.

Q. I have already ordered a brand of a non-adjuvanted trivalent vaccine; can this be used to vaccinate the 65 or over age category instead of aTIV?
No. Only the adjuvanted trivalent influenza vaccine (Fluad®) can be used to vaccinate those in the 65 or over age category. The non-adjuvanted influenza vaccine is not one of the recommended vaccines for 2018/19 but may be administered where the recommended vaccine choices are unobtainable; please see the PGD for further details.

Q. I completed face-to-face training for both injection technique and basic life support two years ago – do I need to complete face-to-face training again this year?
No. Face-to-face training for both injection technique and basic life support must be completed every three years (previously this training was required every two years).

This requirement means that a pharmacist who undertook face-to-face training for both injection technique and basic life support in 2016 or 2017 would not need to undertake face-to-face training in 2018. The pharmacist would then need to undertake face-to-face training in 2019 in order to continue to provide the service in 2019/20. Pharmacists who last undertook face-to-face training in 2015 would need to undertake face-to-face training in 2018, prior to providing the Flu Vaccination Service 2018/19.

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. Can we provide other services to patients in their homes at the same time as the Flu Vaccination Service, such as MURs?
This may be possible, but contractors must ensure they follow the requirements in the service specification for each service they intend to carry out. For example, in order to conduct off-site MURs, contractors must have permission from the local NHS England team.



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