Influenza Vaccination Training for Pharmacists
This course is designed to provide Pharmacists involved in delivering the national flu immunisation programme with the knowledge and skills they need to effectively deliver the flu vaccine programme and promote high uptake of flu vaccination.
Structure and content
The course will run over a half-day session and will include:
- The Pharmacy Service specification in brief
- Core knowledge of Influenza vaccination for Immunisers
- Who's eligible and who's not
- Injection techniques (practical)
- Common side effects
- Anaphylaxis and use of auto-injectors (practical)
- Basic life support (practical)
Delegates will also receive course handouts and further learning signposts.
- To outline and clarify the role of the community Pharmacist in delivering the NHS flu plan in line with the service specification.
- To ensure participants have an elementary knowledge of flu, how it is transmitted, the symptoms and the possible complications.
- To develop skills in the identification of eligible cohorts and in the detection of patients who should not receive Influenza vaccination and where vaccination should be postponed.
- To equip participants with the skills to safely and competently administer the intra-muscular Inactivated Influenza vaccine to eligible patients.
- To raise awareness of common side effects of the intra-muscular Inactivated Influenza vaccine and appropriate advice to patients regarding this.
- To provide participants with the opportunity to practice basic life support skills and the management of anaphylaxis.
Who the course is for
The course is for Pharmacists signed up to deliver the NHS Annual Flu Plan in line with the service specification.
Recommended prior knowledge
It is recommended that all attendees have read the Service Specification: Community Pharmacy Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service prior to attendance as this will only be covered in brief. In order for attendees to adequately assess ability to consent, it is recommended that attendees familiarise themselves with the Mental Capacity Act 2005 prior to attending the course. Available from http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2005/9/contents
Key learning outcomes
By the end of the session you will be able to:
- Understand the role of the community pharmacists in delivering the NHS Annual Flu Plan in line with the service specification.
- Recognise the cause of flu, how it is transmitted, the symptoms and the possible complications.
- Identify the clinical risk groups outlined in the Annual Flu Plan and detect patients who should not receive Influenza vaccination and where vaccination should be postponed.
- Safely and competently administer the intra-muscular Inactivated Influenza vaccine to eligible patients.
- Recognise common side effects of the intra-muscular Inactivated Influenza vaccine and give advice to patients regarding this.
- Competently perform basic life support and have skills in the management of anaphylaxis.
What you will achieve
By the end of the course you will be confident in the administration of the flu vaccine and have an awareness of the procedures for managing anaphylaxis and basic life support.
The course will be delivered at De Montfort University, Leicester in specialist clinical skills teaching areas.
There will be limited facilities available on campus as the course is delivered on a Sunday.