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 


·         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: 

Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st October, 09:30-17:00, Education Center Mile End Hospital, E1 4DG.