NHS Flu Vaccination Service

PSNC has worked with NHS England to agree some key improvements to the community pharmacy NHS Flu Vaccination Service for 2018/19 including an uplift to fees.

The changes include:

  • The fee for the service will increase to £7.98 per administered dose plus an additional fee of £1.50 per vaccination, making the total payment £9.48.
  • Contractors can now administer vaccinations in patients’ homes.
  • Pharmacists need only undertake face-to-face training for the service every three years (this is an extension from the previous requirement for training every two years). Please note that the Declaration of Competence must still be completed every two years.
  • The requirement for contractors to register to offer the service with NHS BSA has been removed.
  • Payment claims from pharmacies can now be made electronically.

The changes are contained within the service specification and the Patient Group Direction, which have been published. Further details of the changes are available in PSNC Briefing 041/18 – Changes to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service 2018/19.

Community pharmacy contractors that fully meet the requirements for provision of the NHS Flu Vaccination Service have the go ahead to provide the service from 1 September 2018. This follows the amendment of the Secretary of State Directions. A link to the Secretary of State Directions, which provide the legal basis for provision of the service is available from the NHS Business Services Authority website.

Full information and further resources are available on the PSNC website.

2018/19 webinar

PSNC held a Flu Vaccination Service webinar about the 2018/19 service on 21 August 2018; a recorded version of this webinar is available on the PSNC website.

Please remember to provide feedback to the LPC whether it is good practice so that we can share this with other pharmacies or negative reactions from GP practices so we can appropriately support you.