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

BMA suspends GP committee election to investigate potential rule breach

BMA suspends GP committee election to investigate potential rule breach

The BMA has suspended voting in part of its GP committee election as it investigates...

Thousands of overseas GPs recognised for 'extraordinary contribution' to NHS

Thousands of overseas GPs recognised for 'extraordinary contribution' to NHS

GP leaders have recognised the extraordinary contribution of thousands of overseas-qualified...

GPs report concerns over BMA GP committee elections

GPs report concerns over BMA GP committee elections

Elections for nearly one in four regional BMA GP committee seats are underway, but...

UK hits 1m second doses of COVID-19 vaccine as campaign shifts to next phase

UK hits 1m second doses of COVID-19 vaccine as campaign shifts to next phase

More than 1m people UK-wide have now had two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, official...

UK COVID-19 vaccination programme tracker

UK COVID-19 vaccination programme tracker

GPs across the UK are playing a leading role in the largest-ever NHS vaccination...

What GPs need to know about the GMC's new guidance on prescribing

What GPs need to know about the GMC's new guidance on prescribing

MDU medico-legal adviser Kathryn Leask explains the key issues GPs need to be aware...