Legal advice on healthcare assistants giving flu jabs

Senior nurses and GPs have been advised that healthcare assistants (HCAs) can administer flu vaccinations, provided they have been assessed as competent to carry out the task, their training is recorded and kept up to date and a practice protocol is in place.)

Flu Vaccination
Flu Vaccination

The Medical Defence Union (MDU) gave the advice after receiving calls from practices wanting to delegate the task of administering flu vaccinations to HCAs, and asking about the medico-legal implications.

Dr Karen Roberts, MDU medico-legal adviser, said: ‘We recognise that the role of HCAs is changing and many are taking on extended roles.

‘We ask doctors and nurses to ensure they have assessed that the healthcare assistant is competent to take on the role, in line with GMC and NMC advice on delegation, and have kept a record of the training programme. 

‘In addition, we expect the practice to have a protocol in place which complies with the law on the administration of vaccines and to have a system to monitor the healthcare assistant’s performance and keep the training up-to-date. 

‘We also advise that a doctor or nurse practitioner be on the premises while a HCA undertakes flu vaccinations, in case of need or emergency.’ 

http://www.the-mdu.com/

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Communication failures 'stopping GPs doing their jobs', PCN leaders warn

Communication failures 'stopping GPs doing their jobs', PCN leaders warn

'Poorly executed' communications from NHS and government officials are preventing...

Oxford COVID vaccine is up to 90% effective, latest data reveal

Oxford COVID vaccine is up to 90% effective, latest data reveal

The COVID-19 vaccine developed by the University of Oxford has been shown to be 70.4%...

GPs expect major COVID vaccination role as soon as first doses are ready

GPs expect major COVID vaccination role as soon as first doses are ready

GPs are expecting to be heavily involved in delivering COVID-19 vaccination in England...

GP phone lines 'jammed' as flu jab expansion comes without warning

GP phone lines 'jammed' as flu jab expansion comes without warning

Practices have reported phone lines being 'jammed' with a deluge of calls from patients...

Scottish GPs to play 'key role' in COVID vaccine programme run by health boards

Scottish GPs to play 'key role' in COVID vaccine programme run by health boards

GPs in Scotland are to play a 'key role' in a COVID-19 vaccination programme expected...

Pandemic offers one-off chance to reform NHS culture and retain doctors, says GMC chair

Pandemic offers one-off chance to reform NHS culture and retain doctors, says GMC chair

The COVID-19 pandemic is a one-off opportunity to create a more compassionate work...