The Flu module should now appear on your Pharmoutocmes along with a copy of the message below
All the pieces are now in place for the national community pharmacy influenza vaccination service advanced service 2015/16. The service will run from September 2015 until 29 February 2016.
The purpose of this message is to launch the service to pharmacies in the North and to provide you with information about what you need to do to secure your status as a provider of the service. Please read all the content carefully. Further information is available from the dedicated flu page on the PSNC website: http://psnc.org.uk/services-commissioning/advanced-services/flu-vaccination-service/
At that page you will be able to download documents referenced later in this message e.g.
- Service specification
- PSNC Briefing 053/15
- Claim form
- Patient Questionnaire
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 (or before) would need to undertake face-to-face training in 2015, prior to providing the flu vaccination service. In light of this requirement your LPC may be able arrange some local training sessions, please contact your LPC immediately if you do need to attend face to face training in 2015 and would be interested in attending local training.
Participating pharmacists must familiarise themselves fully with the content of this document. For example it includes information in relation to eligible patient groups.
Patient Group Direction (PGD)
You must download and read a copy of this document. Once you are satisfied that you understand the content you must sign the document and retain it in the pharmacy.
NB: There is no requirement to submit signed copies of these documents
Declaration of Competence (DoC)
Complete the declaration of competence framework via the CPPE website at https://www.cppe.ac.uk/services/declaration-of-competence#navTop
To fully complete the DoC pharmacists must be familiar with the content of the service specification and PGD.
The DoC approach has been agreed by NHS England, NHS Employers and PSNC.
Notifying NHS England of commencement of the service
Once you are fully ready to provide the service you must notify NHS England of your intention to begin provision by completing a notification form on the NHS BSA website: http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/PrescriptionServices/5244.aspx
The patient must consent to being vaccinated. A patient consent form is included at Annex D of the Service specification.
Payments and the process for claiming payments
Payment will be £9.14 per dose of vaccine administered. The pharmacy will also be reimbursed for the cost of the vaccine at the list price of the vaccine administered. An allowance at the applicable VAT rate will also be paid.
Claims for payment for the service and reimbursement of vaccine costs are to be made via a form sent to the Pricing Authority as part of the end of month script bundle submission process. Contractors should download and print copies of the claim form from the NHS BSA website. Payment claims for vaccinations administered during February must be submitted to the Pricing Authority by the 5th of March in line with the FP34C process.
As in previous years LPCs in the region will be using Pharmoutcomes (PO) to manage the community pharmacy flu service.
Pharmoutcomes flu service is now available on your services page. It is titled “Advanced Service Flu 2015/16. Please note that you will have to ENROL on the service, and this is only possible once you have downloaded and completed your flu DECLARATION OF COMPETENCE from ‘my CPPE’ AND ticked the box on the flu DoC page to indicate that you have signed it. (see above)
Pinnacle has developed a flu template that mirrors the requirements of the national service, all pharmacies across the north have been given access to that template. It is a requirement of the national advanced service that a patient’s GP is notified each time one of their patients receives a vaccination via another healthcare professional, PharmOutcomes will automatically carry out this function for you. As soon as you save details of the vaccination a notification letter will be sent to the relevant practice.
Also, by recording details of each vaccination at your pharmacy you will be maintaining a record which you can use to reconcile payments received from the BSA against the claims you have made.