Immunisation Training for Healthcare Support Workers 8th-9th Sept 2022


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Immunisation Training for Healthcare Support Workers at the BIC

Choose from Thursday 16th & Friday 17th June 2022,

Thursday 21st & Friday 22nd July 2022

or Thursday 8th & Friday 9th September 2022

North East Business Innovation Centre (BIC) Sunderland, Enterprise Park East, SR5 2TA

Duration: 2 days 9:30am - 4:30pm

Cost: £299. Includes light refreshments, all course materials and certificates


This two-day workshop is specifically designed for Healthcare Support Workers who wish to become vaccinators and have no previous immunisation training. It will equip participants with the requisite knowledge and skills to administer the Influenza, Pneumococcal and Shingles vaccine safely to adults. The workshop also covers administration of B12 injections and we have updated our training to include COVID-19.

We meet all the requirements for the National Minimum Standards and Core Curriculum for Immunisation Training of Healthcare Support Workers recommended by UK Health Security Agency (formally Public Health England).

Who is the workshop for?

Nursing Associates

Healthcare Support Workers

Assistant Practitioners

Primary Care Support Worker

Healthcare Assistants

Those who are new to immunisation wanting to become a competent immuniser.

Those who do not administer vaccines but have been designated a supportive role in immunisation.

Course Information:

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 HCSW has met the necessary standards of competency”.

Course participants will also be expected to:

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

The aim of the workshop is to ensure:

  • Patient safety
  • Those who immunise are competent to do so
  • HCSWs are aware of the limitations of their role

Course objective is to ensure that all HCSWs engaging in any aspect of immunisation have:

  • Understanding of Flu, Shingles and Pneumococcal Immunisation policy
  • Understanding of the basic immune response
  • Understanding of the cold chain and the importance of its maintenance
  • Demonstrate competence in the administration of vaccines
  • Outline legal aspects of immunisation including Consent, PGDs and PSDs
  • Demonstrate competence in recognition and management of anaphylaxis
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the HCSW and its limitations

Course content includes:

  • Aims of current vaccine policy
  • The immune response / how vaccines work and types of vaccines
  • Basic functional anatomy and physiology
  • Legal aspects of vaccination including consent: PSD: PGD
  • Storage and handling of vaccines
  • Correct administration of vaccines
  • Communicating with patients
  • Recognition and Management of Anaphylaxis and other adverse events
  • Strategies for maximising vaccine uptake
  • The role and limitations of the HCSW as an immuniser


  • Pre-course quiz
  • Post-course quiz
  • Competency assessment tool

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.