Health Care Assistant – Introduction to Vaccination and Immunisation (Study Day)

HCA training for the delivery of adult influenza, nasal influenza, pneumococcal and shingles vaccines which also includes training to deliver Vitamin B12 injections.

Who it is for:

The study days are suitable for Health Care Assistants (HCA) who work in General Practice or the Community setting wishing to expand their skills to enable them to delivery of adult influenza, nasal influenza, pneumococcal, shingles vaccines and B12 injections.
Competence will need to be gained in the practice setting by completion of a competency framework under supervision of their named mentor.

  • Please note - each HCA must have achieved Level 3 of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QFC) or equivalent in England and Wales with at least 2 years’ experience as a HCA.
  • The HCA’s will also need a nurse mentor in their practice area for their supervision and competency sign off.
  • The practice area must be willing to facilitate the HCA’s skills development through access to dedicated time with their mentor.
  • Please contact Elaine Shaw to discuss equivalent qualifications or any other queries.

Overview of content:

  • Communication
  • Professional issues
  • Infection Control
  • Reflective practice
  • The immune response to influenza, shingles and/or pneumococcal vaccines and how they work
  • Vaccine preventable diseases – influenza, shingles and/or pneumococcal disease
  • The different types of vaccines, their composition and the indications and contraindications for influenza, shingles and/or pneumococcal vaccines
  • Current issues relating to influenza, shingles and/or pneumococcal vaccines
  • Communication with patients and parents about influenza, shingles and/or pneumococcal vaccine.
  • Legal issues including consent and use of Patient Specific Directions (PSDs) and Patient Group Directions (PGDs)
  • Storage and handling of vaccines
  • Correct administration of vaccines
  • Anaphylaxis and adverse reactions
  • Documentation, record keeping and reporting
  • Strategies for the effective organisation of vaccination sessions
  • The role of the HCSW as an immuniser (to include: role limitations, the role of others in immunisation)
  • Support for the HCSW e.g. supervision, mentorship and reflection
  • Competency framework

What it is about:

These study days are based on the National Minimum Standards and Core Curriculum for Immunisation Training of Health Care Support Workers produced by Public Health England 2015.

The study days provides the HCA with the tools and information to develop their competency in immunisation. The study days incorporate the professional, legal and public health issues alongside teaching the clinical skill of vaccination.

How it Enhances Practice:

This course has been designed to equip the HCA with the requisite knowledge and skills to perform vaccinations. Reflection and competency have been incorporated into the workshop to ensure patient safety and development of a competent practitioner.

Mode of assessment:

Competence of delivering vaccinations is assessed in the practice setting by the HCA’s nurse mentor but all attendees must also pass a multiple choice paper on day 3 of the course.

Pre-course requirement:

  • Please note - each HCA must have achieved Level 3 of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QFC) or equivalent in England and Wales with at least 2 years’ experience as a HCA.
  • The HCA’s will also need a nurse mentor in their practice area for their supervision and competency sign off.
  • The practice area must be willing to facilitate the HCA’s skills development through access to dedicated time with their mentor.
  • Please contact Elaine Shaw to discuss equivalent qualifications or any other queries.

Course Structure:

This consists of three and a half study days which includes a half day Pre-Course Assessment Workshop that both the HCA and their mentor must attend prior to the 3-day course.

Upcoming Dates:

15 February 2018 - 13:00-16:00 - Pre-Course Assessment Workshop followed by 3 - day course on these dates:
22 February 2018 - 9:30-16:00
01 March 2018 - 9:30-16:00
08 March 2018 - 9:30-16:00

All study days must be fully attended.

Application and Funding:

To apply for this course you need to complete an online application and the additional paper approval form.

To complete the online application, please select the 'apply' link at the top right of this page. To complete the approval form please select the 'approval form' link from the downloads at the top right of this page.

If successful in your application for the course you will receive a confirmation email with the exact details of the location of teaching, closer to the start date.

Tuition Fees:

HCA study days are Self-funding or Sponsored ONLY.  For details of current tuition fees for all applicants, please visit the Funding page for information on funding options.

Course Lead

Elaine Shaw

Tel: 0114 222 2031    Email: elaine.shaw@sheffield.ac.uk