National guidelines recommend that only HCAs who have achieved education and training in healthcare to Level Three of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) or equivalent, with at least two years experience as an HCA should be considered for training in vaccine administration. HCAs will have to provide proof of qualification with their applications, this should be emailed to [email protected] when the online application is completed.
This CPD accredited course is designed to enable HCAs in general practice to obtain the knowledge and skills they need to administer flu, pneumonia and shingles vaccines to adults, nasal flu to children and B12 injections to adults
The course consists of two study days followed by a period of supervised practice with a nurse mentor.
Competency is assessed by a multiple choice/ short answer test at the end of the two study days and a formal competency assessment by the nurse mentor in practice.
The course content is based on the guidelines ‘National Minimum Standards and Core Curriculum for Immunisation Training of Healthcare Support Workers’ (Public Health England 2015)
- Legal issues and the role of the HCA in immunisation
- The immune system
- Types of vaccine and how they work
- Contraindications to immunisation
- An overview of flu, pneumonia, shingles, pernicious anaemia
- Injection technique including a practical session
- Storage and handling of vaccines
- Anaphylaxis and adverse reactions
- Patient Specific Directions
- Documentation, record keeping and reporting