Immunisation Training for Healthcare Support Workers

Duration: 2 Days

Cost £290 includes course materials and certificate of attendance


This two-day workshop is specifically designed for Healthcare Support Workers who wish to become competent vaccinators and have had no previous immunisation training. It will equip participants with the knowledge and skills required to administer the Influenza, Pneumococcal and Shingles vaccine safely to adults; administration of B12 is also included in this workshop.

The workshop meets all the requirements for the National Minimum Standards and Core Curriculum for Immunisation Training of Healthcare Support Workers recommended by Public Health England.

Who is the workshop for?

  • Healthcare Support Workers
  • Assistant Practitioners
  • Primary Care Support Workers
  • Healthcare Assistants

Course pre-requisite:

Before registering for this workshop participants must ensure they “have a supervisor in practice who is a Registered Health Professional (nurse or doctor) who will have professional responsibility for ensuring the Healthcare Support Worker has met the necessary standards of competence”.

Course participants will be expected to:

  • Attend the two-day workshop
  • Complete the RCN competency assessment tool
  • Administer 30 vaccines under supervision on at least three separate occasions

Course Aim:

  • To ensure patient safety and a high standard of care

Course content:

  • An overview of influenza, shingles and pneumococcal disease and vaccine policy
  • The immune response /types of vaccines and how they work
  • Basic functional anatomy and physiology
  • Legal aspects of vaccination including consent: PSD: PGD
  • Storage and handling of vaccines
  • Correct administration of vaccines
  • Management of B12 deficiency
  • Management of anaphylaxis and other adverse events
  • Planning your Flu campaign
  • The role and limitations of the Healthcare Support Worker as an immuniser


  • Pre-course quiz
  • Post-course quiz
  • Competence Assessment Tool (to be completed during a period of supervised practice, to allow for acquisition of clinical skills and supervisor observation of application of knowledge to practice, as recommended by the Royal College of Nursing)

A Certificate of Attendance will be issued on completion of the two-day workshop.

A Certificate of Competence to Immunise Adults will be issued on completion of the Competence Assessment Tool, supervised vaccine administrations and supervisor sign-off.

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