The new Vaccination Services Declaration of Competence (DoC) for use with patient group directions (PGDs) is now available on the CPPE website.
Previously, there have been two separate DoC frameworks for vaccinations: the NHS Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service and other locally commissioned Immunisation services.
Those two DoCs have now been merged and a new single DoC framework has been developed for all vaccination services. Pharmacists are recommended to revisit the DoC every two years.
As the new DoC covers all vaccinations, the competency framework should be revisited and the statement of declaration re-signed whenever a service for a different vaccination is introduced.
In addition to completing the DoC every two years, the requirement for healthcare professionals to complete an annual update, which can be self-directed learning rather than face-to face training, remains.
The 2018 National Minimum Standards and Core Curriculum for Immunisation Training for Registered Healthcare Practitioners include a new requirement for supervised clinical practice following training.
Both the merged DoC and the statement of declaration have been amended to include a clause relating to supervision. PSNC has developed a frequently asked questions webpage relating to the supervision clause.
In addition, actively working towards the Consultation skills for pharmacy practice: practice standards for England is a core competence when completing any DoC.
If you make a declaration that you are ‘actively working towards’ the standards, it is expected that you will have accessed the standards and associated learning to meet this requirement, and will complete the Consultation skills for pharmacy practice assessment within 12 months of signing your statement of declaration.