Pharmacists have been offered the opportunity to gain expert practical training as part of the National Pharmacy Association’s (NPA) flu vaccination programme for 2012-13.
Launching the programme, Deborah Evans, Director of Pharmacy at the NPA, said: “It is important that pharmacists have face to face practical training from expert trainers to learn how to vaccinate, deal with anaphylaxis and perform resuscitation.
“They can ask questions, practice their technique all under the watchful eye of an experienced professional. We have also incorporated online training, to enable pharmacists to complete their theory work online before the practical training. Refreshers will undertake the practical training only on an annual basis.”
This year, training on subcutaneous injection technique has been introduced for the first time so that pharmacists can administer other types of vaccinations such as those for young people aged 12 and over and pregnant women.
NPA flu vaccination training sessions are scheduled to take place on the following dates:
- 1st July – St Albans
- 8th July – Birmingham
- 15th July – Manchester
- 22nd July – London
- 29th July – Wales
- 5th August – Leeds
- 12th August – Exeter
- 12th August – St Albans
- 19th August – Scotland
- 2nd September – St Albans