Flu Vaccination Service 2016-17
Details of the 2016/17 Flu Vaccination Service
The launch of the national community pharmacy Flu Vaccination Service 2016/17 is planned for 1st September 2016.
There are a number of key points community pharmacy contractors need to be aware of:
- The service is commissioned to run until 31st March 2017; this is one month longer that last year.
- Contractors must be sure to complete the form on the NHS BSA website to notify NHS England that they intend to provide the service for 2016/17 – this must be done annually.
- The will be a separate PGD for the Community Pharmacy Flu Vaccination Service.
- The GP notification form required contractors to include the reason why the patient was eligible; this is a new requirement this year.
- A new NHS England website will be available to support collation and submission of patient surveys
- Payment claims must be submitted to the NHS BSA by 5th April 2017 – late claims will not be processed this year.
- NHS England has advised that consent forms should be retained for an appropriate period of time.
Service specification & PGD for national Flu Vaccination Service now available
The service specification and Patient Group Direction (PGD) for the community pharmacy Flu Vaccination Advanced Service 2016/17 have now been published.
These documents explain what community pharmacy contractors need to do to offer the service, including how to confirm that their premises are appropriate, pharmacist training and Declaration of Competence requirements, data capture and sharing of information, vaccine storage, gaining patient consent, GP notification and claiming payments.
Whilst the publication of these documents means that contractors now have further information on the service to use in finalising their preparations for provision of the service, contractors will not be able to begin providing the service and vaccinating patients until amendments to The Pharmaceutical Services (Advanced and Enhanced Services)(England) Directions 2013 (the Directions) have been made which provide the legal basis for provision of the service. We expect the NHS to confirm it has taken the final steps to allow the service to begin later this week and contractors are advised to look out for further emails from PSNC and to check psnc.org.uk/flu regularly for the latest updates.Whilst the publication of these documents means that contractors now have further information on the service to use in finalising their preparations for provision of the service, contractors will not be able to begin providing the service and vaccinating
Read and download the service specification and PGD at: ow.ly/OpUD303vxk1
The specification and PGD should be read alongside PSNC’s detailed guidance on the service, which will support the preparation process for the Flu Vaccination Service and it includes a checklist which contractors can print out and work through to ensure they have everything they need in place to successfully provide the service.
As well as PSNC’s guidance, contractors may also want to check the latest information from their LPC as in many areas they have worked with the local NHS England team to put IT systems in place to support provision of the service. These may allow pharmacies to electronically inform GPs when they vaccinate patients, for example.
Service Specification and Service Level Agreement
The specification and PGD set out information about provision of the service and they should be read alongside PSNC’s detailed guidance on the service (also published today).
- Service Specification for the Flu Vaccination Advanced Service 2016/17
- PGD for the Flu Vaccination Advanced Service 2016/17
- PSNC Briefing 040/16: Guidance on the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service 2016/17
Declaration of Competence
Pharmacists will be required to complete a Declaration of Competence before they can start vaccinating. The live version can be found on the CPPE website. (https://www.cppe.ac.uk/services/declaration-of-competence) To fully complete the DoC, pharmacists must be familiar with the Patient Group Direction and the Service Specification for the service. Once their Declaration of Competence is complete, Pharmacists will be able to enrol and access the service on PharmOutcomes.
Avon LPC have produced an Easy Guide to the Declaration of Competence for pharmacists to use
Pharmacists/pharmacy managers MUST notify the NHS Business Service Authority before they commence the flu vaccination service, this is done by following the link: http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/PrescriptionServices/5244.aspx