Flu jab training for locum pharmacists is an extremely important part of the learning and development process.
In September 2015 eligible community pharmacies were nationally commissioned for the first time to deliver the annual NHS flu vaccination service. In the first year community pharmacists delivered in excess of 595,000 flu vaccinations; and as a result of the success of the service it was recommissioned in 2016/2017, where community pharmacy delivered in excess of 950,000 vaccinations (source: http://psnc.org.uk/services-commissioning/advanced-services/flu-vaccination-service/flu-vaccination-statistics/)
It is likely that the NHS flu vaccination will be commissioned on an ongoing basis and thus all pharmacists who wish to offer this service will need to access appropriate training as defined in the NHS PGD.
It is important for all pharmacists, including locum pharmacists to be flu vaccine trained; the NHS flu service specification for community pharmacy states that pharmacies that offer the flu vaccination service must offer the service to patients during ALL of their opening hours! What this means is that if a pharmacy is not able to employ a locum pharmacist that can administer the flu vaccine, then it would be in breach of its NHS contract! Therefore, all pharmacy contractors that offer the NHS flu vaccination service must only employ locums that are trained to deliver the service (if the locum is the only pharmacist available at the branch!)
It is an NHS requirement that all pharmacists that vaccinate under the NHS flu vaccination service receive face-to-face training at least every two years. This is part of the requirement for completing the declaration of competence, which must be completed prior to delivering the NHS service. Whilst this is the minimum requirement, the health protection agency in its recommendations for training suggests annual refresher training is advisable for all vaccinators.
Rx Advisor’s dedicated flu vaccination training team are pleased to bring you a comprehensive flu jab training course (more details available from: http://www.FluJabTraining.co.uk) which covers all of the NHS requirements and includes detailed training on all injection techniques, including intra-muscular injections, subcutaneous injections, intra-dermal injections and intra-nasal injections. In addition to this the training also covers basic life support and CPR and management of emergencies with adrenaline. A detailed overview of the NHS service specification and PGD is also covered so that you will be well equipped to hit the ground running after you complete the training.
After delivering the flu jab training to thousands of pharmacists over the years Rx Advisor has responded to feedback and has made things as easy as possible for pharmacists by incorporating online training materials to support the face-to-face training workshop. This allows the workshop session to be only 2-hours long.
To add more convenience the 2-hour face to face workshop will be provided in:
Manchester on 16/7/2017 Leicester on 6/8/2017 and London on 20/8/2017
To book your place please visit: http://www.FluJabTraining.co.uk
Rx Advisor has been delivering this training since 2015, and the feedback from pharmacists has been excellent. The training is delivered by an experienced pharmacist who actually delivers the NHS flu jab service as well as other private vaccination services, so he can relay his experience during the workshop and provide hints and tips on how best to provide the service.
"The Flu training was very informative and the practical sessions were the most beneficial. In particular, the trainer was brilliant!" Kassim Kurji (Pharmacist Peterborough)
“I found the course material succinct. For most Pharmacists who've offered the service for >3 years, this is a perfect refresher. I like the link to the competency Declaration”. Naresh Chauhan (Pharmacist Nottingham)