Immunisation Training for Healthcare Support Workers/Healthcare Assistants


To begin development of skills in practice that fully adheres to the aims, principles and practice of the influenza, shingles, and pneumococcal vaccination programmes.

To develop practice that fully adheres to quality and safety related to vaccination and injections techniques. Commence development of practice that fully adheres to the law relating to vaccination and injections.

Course Topics:

  • Infectious diseases and the immune system
  • Seasonal influenza, pneumococcal disease and shingles
  • Pandemic influenza, swine flu and avian flu
  • Viruses and bacteria
  • How antivirals, antibiotics, and vaccines work
  • How vaccines provide individual and herd immunity
  • At risk groups and their eligibility for vaccines
  • Communication: what advice to give to patients and families
  • Administration of vaccines and injections
  • Side effects, contraindications, and precautions
  • The anatomy of injection site
  • Correct administration techniques for intramuscular, subcutaneous, and intranasal vaccination
  • Practical injection sessions
  • Storage and handling of vaccine and correct waste disposal
  • Allergy, anaphylaxis, and adverse events
  • Anaphylaxis management and the requirement for BLS training
  • Legal, professional and indemnity requirements regarding administration of prescription only medications by HCSWs
  • Legal requirements regarding consent, documentation, and confidentiality
  • Competence: assessment, supervised practice, and delegation
Delivery method
On campus
Centre for Health Innovation Stafford

2-day course

Start date

Thursday 11th – Friday 12th August 2022

School of Health, Science and Wellbeing
Certificate of Attendance

Entry requirements

All students will have a competency booklet to complete supported by a mentor in practice prior to confirmation of training with a certificate. In England and Wales, the National Minimum Standards (PHE, 2015) advise that only those HCSWs with at least two years’ experience or a minimum level of overall education and training in health care should be considered for training in vaccine administration. For example, a level three NVQ (or equivalent) or the role of the Health Care Assistant in the Community level 3 module.


£290.00 per candidate 


Kairen Roche

Senior Lecturer

I commenced Nursing in 1983 and undertook a pre-registration Ophthalmic Nursing Diploma, and qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1986.

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How to apply

For enrolment, please contact Jackie Redhead:

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