A two-day Immunisation Training Course for Healthcare Support Workers/Healthcare Assistants (HCSWs/HCAs).

This foundation course adheres to the National Minimum Standards for Immunisation Training (2015) and includes flu, pneumococcal, shingles vaccination and intranasal (spray) influenza for children (2-17 years).

The course also includes administering B12 injections.

Participants will be given advice in gaining clinical competence within their own workplace

Course duration

Two Days

Course Cost: 

£200 PP 

Aims/outcomes

·         Commence development of practice that fully adheres to the aims, principles and practice of the influenza, shingles and pneumococcal vaccination programmes

·         Commence development of practice that fully adheres to quality and safety related to vaccination and injections

·         Commence development of practice that fully adheres to the law relating to vaccination and injections

  • Side effects, contraindications and precautions

  • The anatomy of injection site

  • Correct administration techniques for intramuscular, subcutaneous and intranasal vaccination

  • Practical injection sessions

  • Storage and handling of vaccine and correct waste disposal

  • Allergy, anaphylaxis and adverse events

  • Anaphylaxis management and the requirement for BLS training

  • Legal, professional and indemnity requirements regarding administration of prescription only medications by HCSWs

  • Legal requirements regarding consent, documentation and confidentiality

  • Competence: assessment, supervised practice and delegation

Course Content:

  • Infectious diseases and the immune system

  • Seasonal influenza, pneumococcal disease and shingles

  • Pandemic influenza, swine flu and avian flu

  • Viruses and bacteria

  • How antivirals, antibiotics and vaccines work

  • How vaccines provide individual and herd immunity

  • Pernicious anaemia and how vitamin B12 injections work

  • At risk groups and their eligibility for vaccines

  • Communication: what advice to give to patients and families

  • Administration of vaccines and injections

 

Course Dates: