Flu vac: updated PGD and national protocol published

Following the announcement of the eligibility of frontline primary care staff for NHS flu vaccinations,  NHS England and NHS Improvement have approved the patient group direction (PGD) and national protocol for use by community pharmacy contractors to support frontline primary care staff this flu vaccination season. These are now available to download from their website.

As the service specification, PGD and national protocol have now been amended, vaccination of these staff can now commence as part of the service.

Download the updated flu vaccination service spec and PGD

Download the updated national protocol for inactivated influenza vaccine

Data collection requirements

Contractors will need to keep a manual record of the number of primary care staff they vaccinate in the service (in addition to their normal clinical records for the service). This data should separately count the number of staff vaccinated from each of the four contractor groups, with it being reported each month on the NHS Business Services Authority’s Manage Your Service (MYS) platform in a new module, which will be linked to from the main MYS flu vaccination module.

PSNC has published a tally chart for contractors to use to keep a manual count of the number of staff from each primary care setting they have vaccinated each month.

Clinical records for this group of patients vaccinated under the Advanced service should be kept as usual, with claims for the vaccinations administered being recorded under the ‘Frontline health and social care staff’ category in the main MYS flu vaccination module (the separate manual data collection is just for evaluation purposes and this data will not affect the claim for payment).

Further information on the service, guidance and resources can be found via PSNC’s Flu Vaccination Hub page.