Immunisation Training for Healthcare Assistants 6 October 2021
This course is for healthcare assistants performing immunisations 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
- 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 the flu vaccine and is suitable for healthcare workers new to immunisations.
ensure that practice is safe and effective
Provide service users with a high standard of care
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
Recognise and management 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
- 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 eg supervision, mentorship and reflection
- 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