HCA Immunisation Training

Pneumococcal, Influenza and Shingles

HCA Immunisation Training

CPD Points 12 | Duration 2 Days | £239.00 per delegate

Course Introduction

Our HCA immunisation training course is ideal for Healthcare Assistants who are looking to assist with seasonal flu clinics and give pneumococcal and shingles vaccinations.

This course covers the clinical skills needed to administer injections, along with the theoretical and legal background. Constantly updated with the latest information, the training covers influenza, pneumococcal, shingles and more. It’s based around the National Minimum Standards for Immunisation Training and the RCN and MDUs position on healthcare assistants involved in immunisation. All participants leave the course with an individual Patient Specific Direction (PSD) protocol and a competency based framework to work to under the supervision of a mentor.

This pneumococcal, influenza and shingles immunisation training involves a practical session and is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners.

This course is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners

Course Aims

  • To develop an understanding of the principles of vaccination
  • To gain comprehensive knowledge of the legal framework for pneumococcal and influenza vaccination programmes
  • To develop a full understanding of safe practice when administering injections

Course Content

  • The HCAs role in immunisation
  • Competency and supervision
  • Understanding competence
  • Guidelines and protocols
  • PSDs in primary care
  • A brief introduction to the immune system
  • Virus or bacteria?
  • The signs and symptoms of influenza
  • Pneumococcal Disease-facts and figures
  • Influenza - facts and figures
  • Shingles
  • How vaccines work
  • What’s in the vaccine?
  • Infection control
  • Antivirals and antibiotics – how they work
  • Who’s legible for vaccination by HCAs - inclusion and exclusion criteria
  • Chronic disease and at risk patients
  • Administering vaccines
  • Injection technique and sites - a practical workshop
  • The storage and handling of a vaccine
  • Reporting and documentation
  • Allergy and contraindication
  • Basic life support and initial anaphylaxis management
  • The legal framework of vaccination
  • LCP
  • GSF
  • Case studies

Who should attend / would be applicable?

  • HCAs
  • Support Workers

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Frequently Asked Questions


Public Health England and the Royal College of Nursing recommends that HCAs who are new to Immunisation must attend a 2 day Immunisation training course. Thereafter yearly updates are recommended.


Yes, this is vitally important and you will leave the course with a competency framework which you will need to work through with a suitable mentor back in your place of work.


In order to work through your competency framework you will need support from a qualified nurse or doctor back in your place of work.

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