Immunisations & Injections for HCAs in Primary Care

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Course Delivery & Duration

This module begins with a mandatory one-day workshop followed by directed study. There are two further consecutive mandatory workshops in month two then two further months of self-directed study. The accredited course can be used as part of our Cert. HE Primary Care qualification.

Notional Study Time 300 hours
Duration 16 weeks

Suitable For

Health Care Assistant


To enhance the health care assistant’s knowledge and skills associated with the administration of seasonal programmes and injection of vitamin B12 in the primary care setting.


Teesside University UCPD Influenza & Pneumococcal Immunisation & Vitamin B12 Injections for HCAs in Primary Care 30 Credits Level 4

Outline Content

This module is designed for experienced primary health care assistants who wish to expand their role and gain new knowledge and skills in the administration of influenza, pneumonia and shingles vaccination and hydroxocobalamin (vitamin B12) injection.

The content covers national policy and schedules for seasonal ‘flu’, pneumococcal and shingles vaccine and vitamin B12 injections, clinical issues in storage and administration, and legal aspects regarding documentation. On completion of the module the student will be able to administer these vaccinations and injections using Patient Specific Directives.

Entry Criteria

The student must have a minimum of two years’ experience as a health care assistant in primary care and have completed the 60-credit Primary Health Care Assistant module (CCH1034-N) or have achieved education and training equivalent to Level 3 in health care. Students must have completed basic life support training within the previous 12 months of commencing the module.

The student must be working a minimum of 15 hours a week as a health care assistant and prior to acceptance onto the module should identify a registered nurse who will act as a Practice Mentor and support them in the clinical environment.

As part of the assessment involves writing an essay, it is important that students have a good ability to write clearly in English.

Learning Outcomes

  • Articulate and evaluate own capabilities in seasonal immunisation programmes and injection of vitamin B12 and engage in development activity through guided self-direction
  • Use interpersonal and communication skills to clarify tasks and identify and rectify issues within seasonal immunisation programmes and injection of Vitamin B12
  • Operate competently and responsibly in digital environments
  • Understand perspectives that inform decision-making and articulate reasoning for the decisions made
  • Develop a broader understanding of the knowledge base, to identify principles underlying theoretical frameworks and begin to identify their personal strengths and weaknesses in respect of immunisation
  • Provide informed solutions to standard problems such as anaphalaxis in familiar contexts
  • Operate under supervision in a range of varied but predictable contexts
  • Reflect on performance tasks that may be complex and non-routine, in respect of management of adverse reactions and differentiation regarding prescriptions
  • Be aware of ethical issues in relation to personal beliefs and values of the patient

Indicative Content

  • Aims of immunisation
  • The immune system and how it works
  • Storage and handling of vaccines
  • Informed consent / capacity
  • Safeguarding
  • Communication
  • Patient Group versus Patient-Specific Directives
  • HCA boundaries administering vaccinations / injections
  • Documentation and record keeping
  • Infection control
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency
  • Intra-muscular and intranasal technique
  • Management of adverse events.
  • Anaphylaxis
  • National Guidelines and vaccination policy
  • Introduction to academic study skills



A formative true or false activity is completed at the end of the two workshop days in month two.


The summative assessment has two components. There is one written assignment and a competency based booklet. The assignment and competency booklet must be submitted together by week 16 of the module

Component 1:

The student will complete a competency based booklet within the clinical setting alongside the registered nurse who will sign to verify achievement of competence.

Component 2 (accredited students only):

Students are required to submit a written summary of 3,000 words that addresses a number of questions which expands on activities undertaken in the workbook and their practice of immunisation and injections in the clinical environment. This will demonstrate learning pertinent to safe administration of immunisations and vitamin B12 injection. Examples include; examining the practice population and assessing