Flu 2020/21 Staff Training
PHE have issued Guidance on flu immunisation training to support healthcare professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic. (They have also issued Immunisation training guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic).
There are some useful and important resources on these links and in particular a table showing their recommended training requirements by workforce group for flu vaccination. Download a full copy here.
PHE have also produced a " A Flu vaccinator competency training tool ". This can be used as a self-assessment tool, an assessment tool for use with a supervisor or both.
We are often asked about HCA training requirements for immunisation training and in particular that they must have an NVQ level 3 or equivalent qualification to enable them to be able to give flu vaccinations.
This we believe is based on the HCSW Training Standards document 2015 which states on page 6 that:
“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”.
Please note this is national guidance and is a recommendation only, therefore the responsibility lies ultimately with the practice to make sure you keep patients and staff safe.
Fundamentally it is important that if anything untoward happened in your practice, the Partners could stand in front of a Coroner or Judge and justify that the training they had provided for their staff was sufficient to ensure they were competent, and confident to undertake the task given to them.
Wessex LMCs are holding a number of training events to cover flu this year, please take a look on our events webpage.
E-learning for health also have online training available each year.
The Royal College of Nursing has issued a position statement on Healthcare Support Workers and the administration of live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) which is administered via the intranasal route.