In its latest newsletter, the group advises GPs to think carefully about how they can “provide a service that is better than other providers”.
In the past, practices that performed best were those that planned set-date mass vaccination clinics, for example, on a Saturday morning, in addition to more flexible smaller clinics or individual appointments.
Other tips on achieving a successful flu vaccination campaign include the following:
- Engage with your care homes and commit to dates to vaccinate
- Get your PPG involved in helping to organise the patients.
- Provide a leaflet to patients when they arrive – informing them of possible side effects, contra indications etc.
- Use the opportunity to collect QoF data – use the leaflet to ask about alcohol and smoking data.
- Online services will help practices – use the leaflet to collect email addresses and mobile phone numbers and get consent to share data.
- Have an admin person working with each clinician – increases productivity as they can enter all the data.
- Offer the shingles and pnuemovax to the at risk groups at the same time.
- Use the opportunity to achieve some of your QoF targets, blood pressures etc – these can be easily checked, potentially use a clinician or HCA to do this.