Reminder: Flu Vaccination Service training requirements

Reminder: Flu Vaccination Service training requirements

August 1, 2019

The PSNC Services Team has received several queries from community pharmacy contractors on the training requirements for the NHS Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service (Flu Vaccination Service) 2019/20.

The training requirements for the Flu Vaccination Service 2019/20 remain the same as for the 2018/19 service.

Pharmacists providing the Flu Vaccination Service need to attend face-to-face training for both injection technique and basic life support (including administration of adrenaline for anaphylaxis) training at least every three years. In addition to the face-to-face training, pharmacists must also, within the last two years, have completed and signed the Vaccination Services Declaration of Competence* (DoC).

The table below highlights when pharmacists will need to undergo face-to-face training for both injection technique and basic life support (including administration of adrenaline for anaphylaxis) again:

Face-to-face training last completed in: Face-to-face training must be completed again in:
2016 2019
2017 2020
2018 2021
2019 2022

The table below highlights when pharmacists will need to complete the Vaccination Services DoC* again:

Vaccination Services DoC* last completed in: Vaccination services DoC must be completed again in:
2017 2019
2018 2020
2019 2021

Pharmacists can start to work through the Vaccination Services DoC self assessment framework and complete the learning, training and assessment to fill any gaps identified. However, the service documents such as the service specification and Patient Group Direction (PGD) for the 2019/20 service are not available yet. Pharmacists will need to read, understand and sign these documents before they sign their statement of declaration for the Vaccination Services DoC.

Consultation Skills for Pharmacy Practice: Practice Standards for England

Pharmacists are also reminded that if they signed the Vaccination Services DoC* last year or during a previous year, they would have declared that they meet or were actively working towards the Consultation Skills for Pharmacy Practice: Practice Standards for England, as determined by Health Education England.

If pharmacists confirmed that they were actively working towards the standards, they declared that they were undertaking the relevant learning and CPD to meet the standards. It is expected that pharmacists will have accessed the standards and associated learning to meet this requirement and that pharmacists should have completed the assessment within 12 months of signing the Vaccination Services* DoC statement of declaration.

*In July 2018, a new Vaccination Services DoC was published. Previously, there were two separate DoC frameworks for vaccination services; the NHS Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service and other locally commissioned Immunisation services; these two were merged into a single DoC. Therefore, if you completed your DoC before July 2018, this would have been called the NHS Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service DoC not the Vaccination Services DoC.



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