Event details

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)

Course content:

  • 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


Travelling to Essex Equip By Car:

There is NO parking at the venue, but the public pay and display car park can be found on Newland Drive (CM8 2AP) about 300 yards away.  £6 for the whole day or for further tariff, please see Braintree Council Website

From the car park walk back to Collingwood Rd and then back up to the traffic lights. At the traffic lights turn left onto Newland St. (The George PH is on the corner) carry on walking until you reach the zebra crossing (outside the Public Library), cross the road and head towards the Dorothy L Sayers Statue and the Job Centre. Our entrance just at the rear of the Job Centre.

By Train

It is a 7 min walk from Witham Railway Station, head towards the town, turn left at THE AVENUE, continue walking down The Avenue to the junction with Newland Street, then turn right, carry on walking until you reach the zebra crossing (outside the Public Library), cross the road and head towards the Job Centre. Our entrance is just at the rear of the Job Centre.

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Cancellations with a full refund will be accepted up to and including 15 days prior to the event.  Any refund request for places cancelled after this date will not be refunded.