The Flu vaccination season is in full swing and I hope as many contractors as possible are vaccinating eligible people. There's a sort of use or lose mentality around at the moment with services and pharmacy - and we really must add value as a profession.
Doing lots of flu vaccination helps.
Running a Flu vaccination clinic really is an important public health service; and I find it so professionally rewarding. Some colleagues have said to me, why vaccinate? It's a technical task, that should be done by others. My view is simply this - The public benefit with convenience and access, more people will be vaccinated by pharmacy engagement, and we are helping to reduce pressure in GP surgeries. As a fringe benefit, any clinical service we provide helps to move us forward as the clinical profession we are!
If you have decided NOT to provide a service this year, then please signpost to pharmacies that are providing the service - and consider doing it yourself next year!
If you ARE providing the service then please enter the data promptly onto pharmoutcomes. This will allow commissioners in real time to see what a great service we are offering - and help to ensure that you get paid promptly.