Help us with the delivery of the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Gloucestershire. We are urgently seeking people with the appropriate experience to join us, with the common life-saving purpose of recovering our community from the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 vaccine roles

You may work in a variety of local settings set up to vaccinate eligible groups of people. Briefing and training on Covid-19 vaccines will be provided.

If you have any questions about recruitment, visit NHS England, see our FAQs below or contact us via our dedicated Gloucestershire COVID-19 vaccine recruitment email: ghn-tr.covidvaccinerecruitment@nhs.net

COVID-19 immunisers

We are looking for immunisers to work as part of a dynamic team to safely deliver the vaccine to members of the public. Find out more on NHS jobs.

COVID Pandemic Immuniser - Band 5

Administrators

Help to provide the administrative support within the vaccination clinics to ensure we can fulfil the requirement for vaccinating all eligible patients.

Frequently asked questions

Who will our vaccinators be?

They will either be existing staff or those recruited specifically for the programme either in a voluntary or paid capacity – including those who signed up to the NHS Bring Back scheme. There are a number of roles within the vaccination programme and these will require different levels of qualifications and experience. The Department for Health and Social Care recently changed legislation to allow a wider group of people than usual to administer vaccines, including more health care professionals as well as others who are not currently clinicians but who have passed a training course being developed by PHE and HEE. These groups will be closely supervised to ensure their and patients’ safety.

Where will I be based?

The NHS will be delivering the vaccine in a number of ways: Roving vehicles visiting care homes, housebound and detained sites where people are unable to visit a site; NHS provider vaccinating staff onsite ;Community vaccination centres including primary care facilities, retail, community facility or portacabin, set up to deliver; Large scale vaccination centres such as sports and conference venues et up for high volumes of people

How many jabs can one staff member deliver in a day?

This will vary depending on who they are vaccinating and where.

What will the working pattern be?

Based on current planning, COVID-19 vaccinations will take place 12 hours a day 7 days a week. The local rostering system already in use will be used to manage shifts and rest days. All roles will be flexible to ensure staff are able to choose how they can support. This means there will be full-time and part-time roles available, as well as opportunities for current NHS staff to continue in their current roles and volunteer a few a hours per week.

What safety measures are in place?

Safety of staff and the public is our top priority. Everyone involved in vaccination services will be given, and will need to use, appropriate PPE, to ensure the safety of staff, volunteers and patients.

How effective will the training be?

Robust training will be provided for all roles including rigorous supervision for vaccinators. All new vaccinators will get comprehensive training and will undergo assessment, as they do with the annual flu vaccination programme. The face to face vaccination training, led by senior clinical experts, includes vaccine administration, patient care, characteristics of Covid-19 vaccines and more.

What training is provided nationally, regionally and locally?

Covid-19 vaccine-specific training materials are being developed by PHE who are working closely with experts to stay up to date on vaccine specifications as they emerge and evolve through the ongoing trials. Training materials will be available in line with regulatory approval of the vaccines. Relevant e-learning will be available on the e-Learning for Healthcare platform, including a COVID-19 vaccine-specific e-learning programme which is being developed by PHE. It will be up to individual/employer determination as to whether staff complete the e-learning and/or equivalent local training. Locally, teams are responsible for delivering face to face training where appropriate (e.g. in immunisation, intramuscular injection administration and basic life support). The new Covid-19 training materials being developed by PHE will also need to be delivered locally either face-to-face or virtually.

How will training be delivered? And for how long?

Registered staff who are experienced vaccinators with up to date statutory/mandatory training and anaphylaxis/BLS training may only need half a day to complete the COVID-19 vaccination-specific training only. The duration of training for registered staff who are inexperienced in vaccination, and non-registered staff, will be dependent on their skills and prior experience. Non-registered staff will need a longer period of time to take training, which is estimated to be 2 weeks. All staff will also need on-site onboarding which would take roughly half a day. Inexperienced vaccinators (both registered and non-registered) will require a suitable period of supervised practice until both the individual and the assessor agree they are competent, the length of time that this takes will be dependent on the individual.

What are the training requirements for Covid-19 immuniser role?

For staff to be signed off as being competent vaccinators they will need to complete: • Immunisation training* • Covid-19 Vaccine-specific training • Anaphylaxis and Basic Life Support training* • Injection administration training* • Administering under a PGD or national protocol training • NHS statutory/mandatory training (IG, IPC, H&S, fire safety, safeguarding, E&D and conflict resolution)** • A period of supervised practice to be signed off by the clinical supervisor (if inexperienced in vaccinating). *unless completed in the past 12 months **unless previously completed There will also be ‘on-site’ onboarding/induction to cover IT, workstation assessments, site flow, SOPs, site-specific PPE requirements, individual roles and how they relate to each other. This will need to be site-specific so will be developed and delivered by regional and local teams

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