The payment of the influenza vaccination service will increase to £ 9.48 in 2018/2019 after discussions between the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) and NHS England.
The fee for the service increases to £ 7.98 per administered dose, an increase of 34p (4.5%) for 2017/2018, plus the additional reimbursement of £ 1.50 per vaccination, which has remained the same, which total payment is £ 9.48.
The training requirements for pharmacists for the influenza vaccination service will also change this year; pharmacists now require face-to-face training every two years for injection technique and basic support.
It has also been agreed that contractors no longer have to register to offer the flu vaccination to the NHS Business Services Authority and will be able to submit their claims for payment electronically via its web form.
Another change is that contractors will be allowed to administer vaccinations in patients at home when this service is requested by the patient, but only in cases where there is an "existing clinical relationship". This means that services that are included in the NHS contract of the pharmacy have previously been provided to the patient.
Public pharmacies in England have administered over 1.3 million flu vaccines during the 2017/2018 vaccination season. The average number of vaccinations performed by each of the 8 987 participating pharmacies was 150, although one contractor exceeded this by carrying out more than 1,000 vaccinations.
Alastair Buxton, director of the NHS services at the PSNC, said: "We are pleased to confirm these changes to the pharmacy flu vaccination service, which will help streamline some processes for pharmacies and of course generate a very welcome extra income through increased payments. "
He added that his team is working with NHS England to complete all the information, resources and guidance required by pharmacy teams to provide the service.
"Despite some potential logistical challenges with the vaccination for people aged 65 and over [years] and I am sure that public pharmacies have an excellent flu vaccination season, "he said.
The changes are included in the service specification of the NHS England and the direction of the patient group, which was published on 20 August 2018.
Further details of the changes are available in PSNC Briefing 041/18 – Changes in Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service 2018/19 & # 39 ;.
The PSNC will hold a webinar on the advanced influenza vaccination service on 2018/2019 on 21 August 2018 at 7 pm.
Quote: The pharmaceutical magazine
DOI: 10.1211 / PJ.2018.20205343