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Service Documents

National Flu Letter 2020/21

National Flu Letter 2020/21 Update

Service Specs (Awaiting)

PGD (Awaiting)

PHE Guidance

Info for Healthcare Practitioners

PSNC Guidance

PSNC Flu Vaccination Hub

PSNC Briefings

Early Guidance on 2020/21 Service

NHS Leaflets

Awaiting Publication for 2020/21

Training Requirements

PSNC Guidance on Training

e-LfH Training Course

Immunisation Training Standards

Declaration of Competence

CPPE Link

DoC Fact Sheet

Guide to the DoC System

Community pharmacists in England administered 1,524,753 flu vaccinations to patients under the national NHS Flu Vaccination Service in 2019/20.

On 20th July 2015, PSNC announced that community pharmacies in England can offer a seasonal influenza (flu) vaccination service for patients in at-risk groups.  The service can be provided by any community pharmacy that meets the expected regulations, has had the relevant training and notified NHS England they are offering the service.

The provision of flu vaccinations through local pharmacies, with no need for a prior appointment, increases access to this public health initiative to a wider cohort of patients who would not have previously accessed it.

Source: PSNC

Guidance for the previous season can be found HERE.


Additional support and commonly asked questions.

  • Communications about the 2020/21 vaccination service
  • How does Covid-19 affect training for the 2020/21 Flu Vaccination Service?
  • What PPE needs to be used to provide this service in 2020/21?
  • How can I provide this service in a Covid-safe way?
  • What are the main changes for the 2020/21 service?
  • Which patients are eligible to receive a vaccine under the NHS community pharmacy Advanced Flu Vaccination Service?
  • Can children receive a flu vaccination under the community pharmacy Advanced Flu Vaccination Service?
  • Are pharmacy team members an eligible group for flu vaccination within the Advanced Service?
  • Are social care staff eligible for flu vaccination within the Advanced Service?
  • What are the training and premises requirements for this service?
  • Where can I access training for this service?
  • How often do I need to complete practical training in order to provide the service?
  • How often do I need to complete the vaccination DoC in order to provide the service?
  • More FAQs
  • Record Keeping and Forms
  • PharmOutcomes Support
How does Covid-19 affect training for the 2020/21 Flu Vaccination Service?

Following the close of the 2019/20 flu season, we are aware that training and refresher training for community pharmacy teams would normally start to take place, so everyone involved in administering the flu jabs are up-to-date with their training and ready for the new season from September.

Working with Public Health England (PHE) we have received confirmation that their immunisation standards will be amended for the coming season. Anyone who has not previously trained to undertake immunisations must undertake full training before commencing flu vaccination. However, for anyone who has undertaken the vaccinations training before and is due to undertake face-to-face training this year, in the current circumstances online training is the best option, and face-to-face training requirements can be undertaken next year instead.

PHE intend to update the HEE flu e-learning programme (available to all, free of charge at https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/flu-immunisation/) for the 2020/21 flu season. Those pharmacists who previously received immunisation training/had a role in immunisation in the past can undertake the assessment session before they undertake the whole knowledge session to see if there are gaps in their knowledge where they feel less confident. For those with some familiarity with immunisation, reading through the knowledge sessions should be relatively quick.

Pharmacists can also use the knowledge and skills competency assessment tool (Appendix A in the National minimum standards and core curriculum for immunisation training for registered healthcare practitioners) or similar assessment tools to identify the areas they need further information/training on.

As at 1 September 2020, anyone who is due to undertake annual online refresher training, but has done so within the previous 18 months, does not have to do the training again for the 2020/21 season (although they may do so if they wish).  However, they must ensure that they are familiar with the various documents to support the season, including choice of vaccine and contents of the annual flu letter.

More info:
https://psnc.org.uk/services-commissioning/advanced-services/flu-vaccination-service/flu-vaccination-training/ 

What PPE needs to be used to provide this service in 2020/21?

Pharmacists vaccinating patients in 2020/21 will not be able to maintain a social distance from the patient, so it will be necessary for them to wear PPE.

PHE has published the following document which includes guidance on PPE use when vaccinating patients during the pandemic:

Clinical guidance for healthcare professionals on maintaining immunisation programmes during COVID-19

The guidance on PPE can be found on page 6 of the document and it states:

The recommended PPE for administering all vaccines, is gloves, apron, fluid resistant (type IIR) surgical mask and eye protection.
Gloves and aprons are single use. Between vaccination of individuals they should be disposed of and hand hygiene performed. Fluid resistant (type IIR) surgical facemasks and eye protection can be subject to single session use, as outlined in the guidance linked below. Re-usable eye and face protection is acceptable if decontaminated between single or single sessional use, according to the manufacturer’s instructions or local infection control policy.

DHSC, PHE and NHSE&I are still considering the most appropriate supply route for the PPE which will be required by contractors for provision of the flu vaccination service. Once a decision is reached, PSNC will communicate this to contractors.

Source: PSNC

What are the main changes for the 2020/21 service?

Awaiting Service Specs

Which patients are eligible to receive a vaccine under the NHS community pharmacy Advanced Flu Vaccination Service?

Awaiting Service Specs

Can children receive a flu vaccination under the community pharmacy Advanced Flu Vaccination Service?

No. The NHS Advanced Flu Vaccination Service is for patients aged 18 years and over who fall into an eligible group; it does not cover children.

Are pharmacy team members an eligible group for flu vaccination within the Advanced Service?

No. Employers may wish to offer pharmacy staff flu vaccinations as part of their occupational health arrangements, but this cannot be undertaken as part of the Advanced Service. If a pharmacy team member is eligible for an NHS flu vaccination and falls into one of the eligible patient groups for the Advanced Service, they would be able to use the service at the pharmacy.

Are social care staff eligible for flu vaccination within the Advanced Service?

Yes. NHS England will provide free flu vaccinations for social care staff who offer direct patient care this flu season. This year, the free jab will also be extended to include health and care staff in the voluntary managed hospice sector who offer direct patient care.

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Leaflet

Extension-of-NHS-seasonal-influenza-vaccination

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/who-should-have-flu-vaccine/

What are the training and premises requirements for this service?

Awaiting Service Specs

Where can I access training for this service?

Online training is available on the following link:
https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/flu-immunisation/

This interactive flu immunisation e-learning programme, written by Public Health England and produced by Health Education England’s eLearning for Healthcare, is available for anyone involved in delivering the flu immunisation programme.

Face-to-face practical training is available from the providers listed on the following PSNC page:
https://psnc.org.uk/services-commissioning/advanced-services/flu-vaccination-service/flu-vaccination-training/

How often do I need to complete practical training in order to provide the service?

The statement from NHSE&I means that pharmacists who have previously undertaken vaccination training and are due to repeat face-to-face training for both injection technique and basic life support (including administration of adrenaline) in 2020 do not need to do this until 2021.

Ordinarily, all vaccinators are expected to undertake annual update training to ensure their knowledge stays up to date with changes in practice and guidance. This may involve self-directed learning, using relevant references sources, such as the Green Book and the annual flu letter. It may also include online training which is available from a range of providers.

The wording in the above NHSE&I statement notes that annual refresher training does not necessarily have to be repeated in 2020/21, subject to the stipulations in the statement. It does however state that vaccinators must ensure that they are familiar with the various documents to support the season, including choice of vaccine and contents of the annual flu letter.

PSNC recommends that all pharmacists that will provide the flu vaccination service during 2020/21, undertake annual update training prior to commencing provision of the service, to ensure they have up-to-date knowledge in relation to the provision of flu vaccinations in 2020/21 and any related matters, such as current guidance on infection control, which may need to be updated in light of the pandemic. This update training can be undertaken in a variety of ways, including self-directed learning and use of online training materials.

https://psnc.org.uk/services-commissioning/advanced-services/flu-vaccination-service/flu-vaccination-training/

How often do I need to complete the vaccination DoC in order to provide the service?

Pharmacists are required to complete the Vaccination services DoC every two years as part of the requirements to be able to offer the NHS Flu Vaccination Service.

If you last completed the Vaccination services DoC in 2019/20, you would not need to complete the new vaccination DoC until 2021/22. However, pharmacists could use the e-Learning for Healthcare modules included in the updated Vaccination DoC  (01- Core knowledge  and  02- Inactivated Flu vaccines) to ensure they are up-to-date for the 2020/21 Flu Vaccination Service; this could be included as part of a pharmacist’s annual update training.

https://psnc.org.uk/our-news/updated-vaccination-services-declaration-of-competence-published/

More FAQs

For more Flu Vaccination FAQs click HERE.

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