Injections and Immunisation Training for Healthcare Assistants and HCSW’s 22 February 2022

Date : 22 February 2022 Time : 11h00 – 16h00

Course Summary

This course is for healthcare assistants administering vaccinations under a patient specific direction and supervised by a qualified registered healthcare professional.

Who should Attend

This session is for care workers, healthcare assistants and social care support workers:

  • Who are new to the workplace or new to care 
  • Existing staff requiring refresher training

Pre Requisites

  • Experience working in general practice and have an identified mentor to support completion of competencies
  • Have an identified mentor/ supervisor in general practice to sign off competencies.
  • Completion of the Injection technique course prior to this session.
  • Completion of ELFH modules


  • It is recommended that only HCSWs who have achieved education and training to Level Three of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)4 or equivalent in England and Wales with at least 2 years’ experience as a HCSW should be considered for training in vaccine administration.
  • HCSWs working at this level should be at Level Three or above of the NHS Career Framework or the NHS Wales Skills and Career Development Framework for Clinical Healthcare Support Workers.


This introductory course aims to develop your skills in administering injections including vitamin B12, shingles and pneumococcal vaccines. 


    • Explore injection sites when administering vaccines and injectables.

    • Develop knowledge around administration of pneumococcal, shingles and vitamin B12 injections

    • Record accurate and up to date information about the relevant diseases and vaccines to their patients

    • Demonstrate competence in administration and recording of influenza, shingles and/or pneumococcal vaccinations

    • Update knowledge of anaphylaxis and basic life support

    • Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate management of adverse reactions

    • Demonstrate an understanding of their role and its limitations

    • Be able to refer to a registered healthcare professional where further information is required for the patient’s needs

Course Content

  • Current influenza, shingles and/or pneumococcal vaccine policy
  • Immune response to influenza, shingles and/or pneumococcal vaccines and how they work
  • Vaccine preventable diseases – influenza, shingles and/or pneumococcal disease
  • Current issues relating to influenza, shingles and/or pneumococcal vaccines
  • Communication with patients and parents about influenza, shingles and/or pneumococcal vaccines
  • The different types of vaccines, their composition and the indications and contraindications for influenza, shingles and/or pneumococcal vaccines
  • National Minimum Standards and Core Curriculum for Immunisation Training of Healthcare Support Workers
  • Legal issues including consent and use of Patient Specific Directions (PSDs) and Patient Group Directions (PGDs)
  • Storage and handling of vaccines
  • Correct administration of vaccines
  • Anaphylaxis, basic life support and adverse reactions
  • Documentation, record keeping and reporting
  • Strategies for the effective organisation of vaccination sessions
  • The role of the HCSW as an immuniser (to include: role limitations, the role of others in immunisation)
  • Support for the HCSW e.g .supervision, mentorship and reflection

Whats Included

  • Course Booklet
  • Self directed online learning
  • 1 day Zoom course with interactive learning
  • Competency workbook which  allows all delegates to record knowledge gained and assessments undertaken.  This book can then be taken into the workplace for employers to sign off once this knowledge has been demonstrated

Lecturer: Kirsty Armstrong

Session Type: Live ZOOM session

CPD Hours : 12

It is recommended that all new HCSW immunisers should spend time with a registered practitioner who has attended a formal immunisation course that meets the National Minimum Standards or has comparable training and experience and National Minimum Standards and Core Curriculum for Immunisation Training of Healthcare Support Workers and are experienced in advising about immunisation and giving vaccines before starting to give immunisations themselves.

The HCSW should have the opportunity in these sessions to observe an agreed minimum number of procedures and discuss relevant issues with the registered practitioners

Lecturer: Kirsty Armstrong, ANP Lecturer in primary care

Imms Competency

Immunisation Competency

Anaphylaxis Multimedia Presentation


BLS & AED Practical Videos

BLS & AED practical video part 2
BLS & AED practical video part 3

Feedback form

Feedback form to be completed after session on 22 November

Handouts and slides

B12 Shingles and Pneumonia for HCA’s

This is a live zoom session.You are required to also complete the online e-learning sessions. Please see pre requisites for this course. Zoom details will be sent to you just before the course date. Session 13h00 - 16h00

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