Vaccine and Immunisation Programmes 2018/19
In March 2018, NHS Employers (on behalf of NHS England) and the British Medical Association (BMA) General Practitioners Committee (GPC) announced the agreed changes to the vaccination and immunisation programmes as part of the General Medical Services (GMS) contract for 2018/19. This document provides detailed guidance for commissioners and practices1 providing vaccination programmes commissioned by NHS England. This document will be updated as and when guidance for vaccination programmes is available. The technical requirements for these services are outlined in the ‘technical requirements for 2018/19 GMS contract changes’2 document. This document will also be updated where necessary. Wherever possible, NHS England seeks to minimise the reporting requirements for the services delivered by practices where these can be supported by new systems. This guidance outlines the assurance management arrangements and audit requirements for the services detailed. This guidance is applicable in England only. The detailed requirements for the targeted hepatitis B at-risk (newborn babies), HPV completing dose, meningococcal completing dose, meningococcal B, MMR, rotavirus and shingles (routine) vaccination programmes are set out in the GMS contract Regulations, Directions and the Statement of Financial Entitlements (SFE)3 . The detailed requirements for the childhood seasonal influenza, meningococcal freshers, pertussis, shingles (catch-up) and the seasonal influenza and pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccination programmes are set out in the NHS England service specifications4 . All aspects of a service specification outline the requirements for the programme. As such, commissioners and practices should ensure they have read and understood all sections of the specification as part of the implementation of the programme. Practices are advised that to ensure they receive payment, particular attention should be paid to the payment and validation terms. Practices will need to ensure they understand and use the designated clinical codes as required to ensure payment.