02 September 2020

3rd Sept 2020

Message From NHSE regarding vaccinations NHS Advanced Flu service 50-64 yr olds

Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first.  If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.

PSNC Briefing 026/20: Guidance on the 2020/21 Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service

Advanced services: changes to consent and other rules- Flu , NMS and MUR

From the 1st September 2020, it is no longer a contractual requirement that written consent is obtained from patients prior to the provision of the Flu Vaccination Service, Medicines Use Reviews (MUR), the New Medicine Service (NMS) and Appliance Use Reviews (AUR).

Instead, for these services, verbal consent can be obtained and a record of that made in the pharmacy’s clinical record for the service. These changes were agreed by the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I), following a proposal to move to a verbal consent model made by PSNC.

Flu Vaccination – training requirements and resources

All pharmacy staff involved in the provision of the Flu Vaccination Service should receive appropriate training relevant to the role they will undertake. Community pharmacy contractors are required to demonstrate that all pharmacists providing the service in their pharmacy have the skills needed to do so. Pharmacists must complete a Declaration of Competence before providing the service. For more information please visit – Flu Training requirements 

Free flu immunisation training module Flu Immunisation

Flu Survey 2020

As you are aware the Flu specification has now been published but no funding announcement yet. To try and understand what pharmacies will be delivering this year Community Pharmacy Cumbria have pulled together a quick Flu 2020 survey (only 8 questions) which will not take long to complete. We would appreciate if you could take a little time to complete and submit this information by Wednesday the 9th Sept 2020.
This will help us when we are talking to PCN GP Leads and Flu groups across Cumbria.
The Survey can be found on PharmOutcomes under Services – Other Services – FLU SURVEY 2020.

PharmOutcomes user guide – Get ready for Flu

The following PharmOutcomes User Guide Get ready for Flu highlights new features introduced this year that will help workload within the pharmacy.
NEW for 2020/21:

  • Automated service claims directly transferred to NHS Business Services Authority
  • Transfer of vaccine information to the patients GP Practice via FHIR/MESH. This is the Post Event Message (PEM) generated and sent by PharmOutcomes when a vaccination record is saved.
  • PharmOutcomes pre-consult- Appointment system what will pre-populate patient information – NOW LIVE.
  • Integration with the Patient Access App; Registration needed

28th August 2020

Flu service spec published and new flexibilities agreed

Announcement summary:

  • Flu vaccination service specification and national Patient Group Direction (PGD) published
  • Service to commence on Tuesday 1st September 2020
  • PSNC has successfully negotiated key flexibilities to help contractors to offer the service in a COVID-safe way, allowing for vaccinations off-site and outside the consultation room
  • Pharmacies can also now vaccinate care home staff at their place of work
  • PSNC has also secured administrative improvements including a new verbal consent model
  • Funding is still under negotiation – PSNC is pushing hard for an uplift to funding

Flu Service Specification and PGD

Flu Vaccine Ordering for 2020/21

15th January 2020
NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) has issued a letter to provide advice on ordering appropriate flu vaccines for the 2020/21 season.

This follows a review of the latest evidence on influenza vaccines conducted by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.

Community pharmacy contractors are advised to begin ordering licensed vaccines as set out in the letter; ordering of these licensed vaccines should not be unnecessarily delayed.

Read the letter in full on the: PSNC Website