The new Vaccination Services with the use of patient group directions (PGDs) Declaration of Competence (DoC) is now available on our website.
Previously, there have been two separate DoC frameworks for vaccinations; the NHS Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service and other locally commissioned Immunisation services.
This meant that those providing the NHS service along with a locally commissioned influenza service were required to complete two DoCs.
Those two DoCs have now been merged and a new single DoC framework has been developed for all vaccination services.
It is recommended that you revisit the DoC every two years, so some people may not need to complete the new, merged DoC if they completed the practical training and DoC for the 2017-18 influenza season.
As the new DoC covers all vaccinations, the competency framework should be revisited and the statement of declaration re-signed whenever a service for a different vaccination is introduced.
In addition to completing the DoC every two years, the requirement for healthcare professionals to complete an annual update, which can be self-directed learning rather than face-to face training, remains.
The 2018 National Minimum Standards and Core Curriculum for Immunisation Training for Registered Healthcare Practitioners include a new requirement for supervised clinical practice following training.
Both the merged DoC and the statement of declaration have been amended to include a clause relating to supervision.
The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has developed a frequently asked questions webpage relating to the supervision clause at: https://psnc.org.uk/our-news/flu-vaccination-training-requirements-faqs/
In addition, actively working towards the Consultation skills for pharmacy practice: practice standards for England – available at: www.consultationskillsforpharmacy.com/docs/docc.pdf – is a core competence when completing any DoC.
If you make a declaration that you are ‘actively working towards’ the standards, you are declaring that you are undertaking the relevant learning and continuing professional development (CPD) to meet the standards.
As a pharmacy professional you should continuously seek to develop your consultation skills throughout your career and, therefore, this topic should regularly feature in your CPD plan.
It is expected that you will have accessed the standards and associated learning to meet this requirement, and will complete the Consultation skills for pharmacy practice assessment within 12 months of signing your statement of declaration.
You can access the e-assessment here: www.cppe.ac.uk/programmes/l/consult-a-02
For further information on the Declaration of Competence system, visit: www.cppe.ac.uk/doc