A high level of knowledge and a positive attitude to immunisation in healthcare practitioners are widely acknowledged as being important determinants in achieving and maintaining high vaccine uptake. It is therefore vital that immunisers are confident, knowledgeable and up to date. Good foundation training and regular updates must be provided and undertaken to achieve this, a recommendation also made by National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) working group on vaccine hesitancy.
The aim of the National Standards is to ensure consistency in the training provided across the country and to aid those responsible for providing training.
Flu training recommendations 2023/24 - UKHSA
The flu training recommendations for 2023/24 can be accessed here. These recommendations include a Flu vaccinator competency assessment tool.
Wales is adopting these training recommendations, therefore it is important to note that these were produced by UKHSA. The resources and documents highlighted in these recommendations relate to England. It is important to ensure Public Health Wales training resources and NHS Wales policy documents are accessed in relation to the flu vaccination programme for 2023/24.
The immunisation knowledge and skills competency assessment tool is a competence framework to support the training and assessment of registered and non-registered health care workers who have a role in immunisations:
Online learning is provided by Public Health Wales Vaccine Preventable Disease Programme (VPDP) in partnership with the Workforce Information System (WfIS) Programme, shared services. This page offers support with getting started with eLearning and hosts immunisation eLearning modules developed by VPDP Public Health Wales, as well as National immunisation eLearning modules produced by eLearning for healthcare.
The Vaccine Preventable Disease Programme (VPDP) are currently updating a number of the vaccine programme specific training slides.
UKHSA immunisations has training slides available to view. It is important to be aware of policy specific to NHS Wales when viewing these resources.
Webinar Q&A – Current issues – slide set [21 November 2023]
Webinar Q&A – Current issues – recording [21 November 2023] Training (sharepoint.com)
Webinar Q&A - COVID-19 Winter Respiratory Vaccination Programme - slide set [28 September 2023]
Webinar Q&A - COVID-19 Winter Respiratory Vaccination Programme - recording [28 September 2023] Training (sharepoint.com)
Webinar Q&A -Vaccinations in pregnancy - slide set [21 September 2023]
Webinar Q&A – Vaccinations in pregnancy - recording [21 September 2023] Training (sharepoint.com)
Webinar Q&A - Shingles vaccination programme – slide set [10 August 2023]
Webinar Q&A - Shingles vaccination programme recording [10 August 2023] Training (sharepoint.com)
The British Society of Immunology (BSI) has useful information and resources available at: Connect on Coronavirus | British Society for Immunology
Vaccine administration training video This training video has been developed by PHW to support and supplement local immunisation training. This training resource should be used alongside the national minimum standards and core curriculum for immunisation training.
Video showing IM injection to an adult This video is a section of the above vaccine administration training video to highlight the correct vaccination technique when administering an IM injection to an adult. Please note this video was filmed before the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important for immunisers to follow current Infection prevention and control procedures.
The Vaccine Preventable Disease Programme are planning the Welsh Immunisation Conference for 2024. The conference will take place on Wednesday 24th April 2024 in Cardiff, during World Immunisation Week. More information will be available here shortly.