Advanced Flu Vaccinations Service 2015/16
PSNC has reached agreement with the NHS on a community pharmacy funding settlement worth £2.8 billion for the 2015/16 financial year. The agreement sees the introduction of a new Advanced Service – a flu vaccination service – along with some changes to the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF).
The service will run from September 2015 until 29 February 2016. Upon launch, community pharmacies will be able to offer NHS flu vaccinations to adult patients aged 18 and over at the time of vaccination, who are defined as at risk in the Annual Flu letter (which includes patients aged 65 years old and over).
Fees for flu vaccinations will come from national flu budgets, i.e. in addition to and outside of the £2.8bn and with the total delivered dependent on uptake of the service. Pharmacy contractors will receive £9.14 per administered dose of vaccination as well as reimbursement of vaccine costs. The fee comprises remuneration of £7.64 per administered dose and an additional fee of £1.50 per vaccination to recognise costs that will be incurred in order to provide the service (e.g. training and clinical waste disposal costs).
The service can be provided by any community pharmacy in England that has a consultation room, can procure the vaccination and meet the data recording requirements, and has appropriately trained staff. There is no limit on the number of vaccinations pharmacies can claim for as long as they are given to eligible patients.
- Claims Form – Claims for payment for the service and reimbursement of vaccine costs are to be made via a form sent to the Pricing Authority as part of the end of month script bundle submission process. Contractors should download and print copies of the claim form from the NHS BSA website. Payment claims for vaccinations administered during February must be submitted to the Pricing Authority by the 5th of March in line with the FP34C process.
- Declaration of Competence (DoC) – Complete the declaration of competence framework via the CPPE website at https://www.cppe.ac.uk/services/declaration-of-competence#navTop. To fully complete the DoC pharmacists must be familiar with the content of the service specification and PGD. The DoC approach has been agreed by NHS England, NHS Employers and PSNC.
- Notification Form – Once you are fully ready to provide the service you must notify NHS England of your intention to begin provision by completing a notification form on the NHS BSA website: http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/PrescriptionServices/5244.aspx
- PGD – Advanced Flu Vaccination Service – September 2015
- Service Specification – Advanced Flu Vaccination Service – September 2015
How to Run an Effective Pharmacy Flu Vaccination Clinic
As flu vaccinations has become a key service provided by CPNY pharmacy contractors, a document has been created to make sure you run your clinic as effectively as possible.
The following document was produced by Syd Bashford, of Scarborough Delivery Chemists, and contains his top tips on the matter, as he successfully achieved 250+ flu vaccinations over the 2014/15 flu vaccination period.
- Posters – Please download these posters to display in and around your pharmacy to increase awareness that main carers and pregnant women are eligible for the free flu jab:
- Comprehensive Flu Guide for EMIS web users – This guide is intended to support GP practices in running an efficient and effective influenza (flu) immunisation campaign using Egton Medical Information Systems (EMIS) Web. It is aimed primarily at those either new to EMIS Web or those new to running a flu campaign. However, it hopefully will contain elements that even an experienced EMIS Web user will find useful.
Further information is available from the dedicated flu page on the PSNC website: http://psnc.org.uk/services-commissioning/advanced-services/flu-vaccination-service/
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