In addition to the private PGD, you will have access to free online marketing materials such as leaflets and posters and free access to telephone clinical support, provided by our team of qualified nurses throughout the flu season.
Log into your PharmaDoctor account. Then click on 'Flu training & PGDS' and next to the Flu PGD click on 'Buy Now'.
If you are a pharmacist and would like to purchase the PharmaDoctor Flu PGD but do not yet have an account please register first.
If you need practical and/or online training we recommend you contact ECG Ltd. Ask them for a course date that suits you and book.
Pharmacists can use the PharmaDoctor Flu PGD provided they declare themselves to be competent in administering vaccines. All pharmacists must accept full clinical responsibility for any decisions they make using their PGD and agree not to act beyond their professional competence nor outside the recommendations of their PGD. All pharmacists must also complete appropriate training to suitable professional standards enabling them to competently administer medicines under a Patient Group Direction.
Medical professionals such as doctors and nurses, in addition to their professional registration standards, are governed by the CQC, where there are specific annual training requirements which must be documented for clinical governance to demonstrate that clinical competence and minimum standards are being maintained.
N.B. There are currently no minimum requirements laid out or monitored by any UK regulatory body for pharmacists undertaking clinical training, whether it is live training or refresher e-learning.
However, it is a requirement that the pharmacist providing the service is clinically competent and that they accept individual responsibility for their competence as stated in “Standards of conduct, ethics and performance”, July 2012, General Pharmaceutical Council.
As the Mobile Doctor Service responsible for the PGD, Escripts endorses the above recommendations. We advise all pharmacists to follow these recommendations, in particular the need for annual hands-on training for BLS. Escripts’s minimum recommended guidelines (below) to be eligible to use the PGD are an indication of potential clinical competency. However, it is up to the individual pharmacist to be sure that they are clinically competent.
To be eligible for the PharmaDoctor Flu PGD, Escripts requires pharmacists to confirm the following statements:
In addition to the above recommendations, pharmacists may achieve suitable professional standards of clinical competence in other ways. For example, gaining experience by working with other health professionals through mentorship, peer reviews, observing patient consultations as well as attending relevant training events.
It is the responsibility of each pharmacist to ensure they are trained to a suitable standard before offering a flu vaccination service and for those in search of practical or online training (or both) we would recommend ECG Ltd and RX Advisor, as well as the various NHS run training courses.