The announcement provided details of the training required to ensure eligibility to provide the national flu service in 2015-16. This has resulted in more people needing face to face training than was anticipated.
In light of this LPCs across the North East have commissioned two additional face to face training sessions. They will be held at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead. Full details of dates, times, venues and costs can be accessed by visiting the Northern Pharmacy website http://www.northernpharmacy.net/. The site must also be used to register for attendance at one of the sessions. Capacity at each session is limited to 25 delegates so we would advise to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. It is unlikely the LPC will be able to put on any further training.
Remember you are not obliged to use the LPC commissioned training you can use any provider. Some other providers are listed on the Northern Pharmacy website as well as the PSNC website.
For your convenience below is the relevant extract from the announcement:
The National Minimum Standards for Immunisation Training and the associated Core Curriculum for Immunisation Training set out the knowledge and skills that healthcare professionals undertaking vaccination services need to have. Pharmacists who will provide the flu vaccination service must have completed practical training in vaccination that meets these requirements. NHS England has determined that pharmacists providing the flu vaccination service need to attend face-to-face training for both injection technique and basic life support training every two years. This requirement means that a pharmacist who undertook face-to-face training for both injection technique and basic life support in 2014 would not need to undertake face-to-face training in 2015. Assuming the service continues to be commissioned in 2016, the pharmacist would then need to undertake face-to-face training in order to continue to provide the service. Pharmacists who last undertook face-to-face training in 2013 would need to undertake face-to-face training in 2015, prior to providing the flu vaccination service.