Travelling abroad is now high up on many people’s agendas as the UK begins to ease out of lockdown restrictions, which have been in place since the end of 2020.
Depending on the locations they choose to visit, they may require vaccinations or medicines to protect themselves during and after their trip.
As community pharmacies have stayed open and accessible to patients throughout the pandemic, many patients have turned to their local pharmacist for advice, prescriptions and even for their COVID-19 vaccination. This presents an opportunity for pharmacists to enhance the services they provide to patients and to increase their revenue streams.
Following feedback from its members in February, the NPA recently launched its 2021 vaccination training and PGD programme. One of the changes this year is that the NPA is working with new partners to deliver its programme.
Speaking on this new partnership, Head of Learning and Development at the NPA, Louise Baglole, said: “We’re really pleased to be working with ECG Training to deliver this year’s programme. We have been impressed with their efficiency and speed in setting up the scheme within a short period of time. ECG has an excellent reputation within the industry and partnering with them has enabled us to offer better pricing and an improved selection this year. They also have other services that I’m hoping we can offer to our members as the season progresses.”
As part of the programme, ECG offers two different forms of COVID-19 vaccination training – dependent upon requirements – and there are seven different options available for Flu training and PGDs.
Sophie McCracken, Clinical Director from ECG adds: “We are delighted to be working with the NPA to deliver vaccination training this year. We are passionate about helping those within community pharmacy to maximise the services they can offer patients. With a combination of COVID and flu vaccinations as well as Travel Health all featuring highly on the horizon within the next year, there has never been a more apt time to get trained. Our Nurse and Paramedic trainers will guide you through the course no matter whether you are brand new to vaccinations or an extremely competent and experienced vaccinator, to ensure you get the right experience for you.”
Janita Patel, an NPA Learning and Development Pharmacist, explained that the vaccination season could be a busy one for community pharmacists this year due to the increased awareness of what pharmacies can do.
She said: “We’re very grateful for the feedback that members provided via a short survey earlier this year. It identified those aspects that they were happy with and those that demanded our attention. We have made some key changes, as a result. With this increased awareness of pharmacy services and, as a result of the pandemic and vaccination roll-out, the demand for flu vaccinations may be higher than usual this autumn – so this opens up more opportunities for our members to support their patients. People will wish to travel and take the necessary vaccinations and medicines to enable this – so may well turn to their local pharmacy to obtain these due to their ease of accessibility.”
The key changes to the NPA’s programme are summarised below:
- New partners - for the first time ever we are partnering with ECG Training to deliver our training and PGDs. They will provide the one-stop shop for all your requirements. Find out more about our new partners at: www.npa.co.uk/pgd-partners/
- Improved pricing – we have negotiated extremely competitive pricing for 2021. Our Flu training and PGD packages include a free Flu PGD (eTool only) and other PGDs are priced lower than last year. Our range and prices can be found here.
- Greater choice of packages – the choice has increased for Flu and Oral/Topical PGD Services. There are seven options for Flu packages and 30+ oral/topical PGD Services (compared to 13 last year). You can also select a Pick ‘n mix bundle, which will enable you to choose 10 PGD options out of 30+, giving you a saving of £157.95, when compared to buying them separately. Click here to find out more.
- Increased locations for face-to-face training – if you require full practical, face-to-face (F2F) training this year, ECG Training delivers vaccination training on a regular basis across a wide range of UK locations, so you can book a session to suit your needs.
- Covid-19 vaccination training – for those pharmacists or other vaccinators who require training to administer the COVID-19 vaccinations, there are two forms of training on offer. ECG’s full (F2F) vaccination training sessions and in addition, there is a two-hour interactive webinar for those preparing to offer the vaccination service, who did not receive COVID-19 specific training earlier this year and and require it to deliver COVID -19 vaccinations.
If you are unsure which training you need to undertake this year, visit our Training Recommendations page.
The programme is open for enrolments. If you require any further information, please visit: www.npa.co.uk/pgd