Identifying carers eligible for a flu vaccination

Identifying carers eligible for a flu vaccination

PSNC has worked with Carers Trust to produce resources to assist pharmacy teams in identifying carers who may be eligible for a flu vaccination. These resources are:

  • a flu vaccination poster – this poster is specifically aimed at carers;
  • a one page infographic – this can be displayed in the pharmacy to encourage all members of staff to ‘think carer’ (please note, the infographic refers to data from 2014/15); and
  • the 60-second pharmacy flu chat – this suggests how you can engage someone you think might be a carer in a quick conversation about why they should consider getting vaccinated.

The 60-second pharmacy flu chat document suggests offering to let the carers’ GP practice know if they’re a carer when the flu notification form is sent to the GP practice. It also suggests giving carers information about their local carers service, information on the services that are available from your pharmacy which may be beneficial to the carer, as well as the Carers Trust leaflet about managing medicines.

PSNC has also produced a small double-sided carer flu flyer which can be attached to prescription bags. This can be used as a conversation starter to encourage carers to have a flu vaccination.

In addition, Carers Trust has worked with NHS Employers to produce a document which contains a script and FAQs to help healthcare professionals have conversations with carers about the flu vaccination. This can be accessed on the NHS Employers website. A carers leaflet has also been produced for staff to use to promote the flu service to carers.

Additional support

Carers Trust has provided a copy of their Carers Services Flyer, which can be given to carers to advise them on the kind of services available to help them on a local basis.

PSNC has produced two template leaflets for pharmacy teams to use to assist them in advising carers on the services they offer and to provide information to carers on managing medicines.

Further information on how pharmacy teams can support carers can be found by using the shortlink

In addition, Carers Trust has produced ‘ten signs that tell community pharmacy teams that someone may be a carer’. These are listed in the box below:


Frequently asked questions

Q. The 60-second pharmacy flu chat, which can be used to engage with someone who you think is a carer, suggests that pharmacists should offer to mention to a carer’s GP practice that they are a carer when they send the flu vaccination notification form to the practice. Why is it important for the GP practice to know that a person is a carer?
If the carer’s GP practice is aware that they are a carer, they can ‘tag’ their medical records so that everyone in the practice team will know that they are a carer. Some practices may then offer the carer more flexible appointments (or home visits if the carer struggles to attend appointments). GPs and other healthcare workers at the practice will also be able to take into account the particular stresses and strains that being a carer might have on the person’s health. If the carer becomes seriously unwell and is no longer able to provide care, it’s important that the practice is aware that the person is a carer so that alternative support can be put back in place for the person they look after as well.

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