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Injection Technique & Immunisation Training


  • Influenza vaccine for adults and children
  • Pneumococcal vaccine for adults
  • Shingles vaccine for adults
  • B12 injections for adults


This is an introductory level training course and NOT an update.

Aimed at – Health Care Assistant. Please note that the National Minimum Standards and Core Curriculum for Immunisation Training of Healthcare Support Workers recommend “that only HCSWs who have achieved education and training to Level Three of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)4 or equivalent in England and Wales with at least 2 years’ experience as a HCSW should be considered for training in vaccine administration. HCSWs working at this level are likely to be at Level Three or above of the NHS Career Framework5 or the NHS Wales Skills and Career Development Framework for Clinical Healthcare Support Workers6.”

At the end of the training delegates will:

1.       Have an awareness of the immune system & its role in preventing disease

2.       Have an awareness of how vaccines work

3.       Be able to discuss the diseases they will be vaccinating against

4.       Understand the vaccines they may be administering as part of the adult immunisation programmes. These include:

a.       Influenza vaccine for adults and children

b.       Pneumococcal vaccine for adults

c.       Shingles vaccine for adults

d.       B12 injections for adults

5.       Have an awareness of the information available and where to signpost patients requiring travel advice

6.       Be able to list the true contraindications to vaccines (including vaccines contraindicated in immunosuppressed patients)

7.       Be aware of the correct storage and handling of vaccines & what to do in the event of a cold chain incident

8.       Be aware of the legal issues surrounding administration of vaccines (including consent, accountability, policies, patient specific directions, patient group directions)

9.       Be aware of recent issues regarding vaccinations, including cold chain incidents

10.   Be aware of how to recognise & deal with adverse events following immunisation, including anaphylaxis

11.   Demonstrate the correct administration of intramuscular injections (Practical session)

12.   Be aware of the documentation required following immunisations

13.   Be aware of updates required and completion of competence document.


***Attendees will wear an elasticated 3” pad on their upper arm for the practical training. We suggest that you wear appropriate clothing to allow the pad to be attached to your arm. ***



Day 1 09:30-15:30
Day 2 - Practical session slots to be assigned for the morning of 28th May

When: 27 May 2021

Duration: 1 and 1/2 days

Venue: Part Online via Zoom, Part in Nottingham, , NG6

  • Available to:
  • Health Care Assistant
Special Notes:

Please note this course runs for one and a half days. Day 1 is 09:30-15:30 via Zoom and Day 2 is at the NBV Enterprise Centre where you will be given a morning slot for practical training. For the practical session please bring an apron and gloves if possible, and wear a mask.

Lunch & refreshments will NOT be provided


Mrs Linda Petch RN, RM, Cert Ed. Ba(Hons)

Linda has worked within the NHS for over 35 years in a variety of roles. Firstly, as a nurse in secondary care, then community midwife within an inner-city area of Nottingham, Practice Nurse for over 14 years in the same area of Nottingham. She then moved to Rushcliffe as a lead for a coronary heart programme and worked with the PN professional leads to form a local PN forum. Following that she worked as a clinical trainer within 2 community organisations for 9 years before leaving at the end of December 2015 to form her own training company. Her passion is in the delivery of quality training & supporting colleagues in their personal development.