Covid Vaccination Registered Health Care Professional RHCP
NHS AfC: Band 5
The Trust is currently under-represented in terms of individuals from BME backgrounds and welcomes applicants from these communities. DCHS is also an LGBT inclusive employer. Selection will be on a basis of merit. The Trust has achieved the status of a Disability Confident Leader and guarantees to invite to assessment applicants who meet the criteria for the job vacancy. To ensure the diversity of the workforce and understand the differing needs of our communities, the Trust is committed to the principles of Positive Action.
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COVID-19 We recognise that the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted on people in different ways. Please be reassured that at DCHS we understand this and have a risk assessment process in place, where this is needed, to ensure your safety.
We are now looking to recruit suitable registered staff on a fixed term contract until 31st March 2022 for a minimum of 3 shifts per week.
You will need to be a registered health care professional who has completed or is willing to complete immunisation training. You must possess excellent communication skills, the ability to work within a team and work to DCHS core values.
Our aim is to deliver the National Vaccination Programme in an efficient and safe way within an environment where patients and staff feel valued and report a positive experience.
Main duties of the job
As a Registered Health Care Professional working in immunisations, you will work as part of a dynamic team in delivering a safe and effective service for the mass delivery of vaccinations for both influenza and the COVID-19 vaccine(s). You will undertake activities such as: clinical assessment, dilution and drawing up of the vaccine from multi-dose vials, administration of the vaccine and post vaccine observations support.
You will be responsible for: Conducting clinical assessments.
- The review of complex medical histories and potential adverse reactions.
- Preparation of the vaccine prior to administration by the immunisers using aseptic technique.
- Ensuring the best possible clinical outcomes by using up-to-date skills and adhering to evidence-based policies and procedures.
Working for our organisation
This role forms an integral part of mass vaccination delivery within Derbyshire. The programme will deliver Covid Vaccinations to the Derbyshire wide population via the vaccination hub.
Our purpose is to provide community health services to a patient population of over one million people in Derbyshire and Derby, as part of Joined Up Care Derbyshire. We employ around 4,200 substantive staff, caring for patients in 11 community hospitals and more than 30 health centres, as well as in clinics, GP practices, schools, care homes and, increasingly, in people’s own homes and via virtual consultations. During the pandemic response we have led the implementation of public vaccination centres in collaboration with partners across health and social care.
Detailed job description and main responsibilities
- Undertake multiple roles such as: clinical assessment, dilution and drawing up of the vaccine from multi-dose vials and additional clinical support.
- Enable the delivery of vaccinations to all eligible citizens by assisting with the overall coordination of the site activity and day to day delivery of the vaccination programme.
- Ensure clinic rooms and equipment are available at the start of each session.
- Conduct pre-vaccination clinical assessments to confirm if the citizen meets the criteria for safe vaccination, including previous vaccinations undertaken, current health condition, assessment of any clinical conditions (medical history) and allergies.
- Complete the clinical triage questionnaire based on the above, digitally or on paper.
- Ensure knowledge of conditions that affect suitability for vaccination and previous vaccination history.
- Address any potential adverse reaction risks and provide the citizen with information and advice on any adverse reactions and contra indications.
- Address any concerns that may arise regarding the vaccine and contra-indications with patients/citizens.
- Ensure the citizen’s understanding of the vaccination implications and get consent agreement on vaccination.
- Record the medical check list and consent in the records system.
- Where available, direct any citizens with accessibility needs to an accessible pod.
- Ensure vaccine preparation (drawing-up, ensuring correct storage and providing pre-prepared syringes to the vaccination station) as per the standard operating procedure (SOP).
- Ensure the reconstruction of the vaccine as per manufacturer’s instructions.
- Perform a visual check of the vaccine type, serial number and thawing/expiry date.
- Assist with the configuration of the vaccination pod: pod setup, recording of required vaccine stocks and consumables, PPE and sanitisation materials.
- Assist with the configuration of vaccine station: vaccine, vaccine batch, staff member administrating vaccination, date and site confirmation.
- Deliver the drawn-up vaccine to a vaccinator and ensure details of drawing up and vaccine are recorded by vaccine support administrator in Vaccination record System.
- Assist and support the vaccination delivery (ensure national guidelines are respected regarding PPE, clinical and non-clinical waste, sanitisation).
- Coordinate the infection control and waste disposal, ensuring that all activities are adhered to the highest H&S standards.
Behaviour & work approach:
- Manage and prioritise own workload.
- Work as an effective team member, demonstrate good communication skills and actively promote excellent team and interdisciplinary relationships.
- Demonstrate appropriate assertiveness and ability to challenge others when the rights of citizens may be affected.
- Display good analytical ability and sound decision making in changing clinical situations.
- Demonstrate concise, accurate, timely record keeping and ensure that all work carried out is recorded accurately.
- Provide skilled, evidence-based care which adheres to agreed policies and procedures.
Patient safety and clinical governance:
- Use clinical judgement and risk assessments to keep the citizens as safe as possible.
- Follow the centre and national policies including Patient Group Directions (PGD’s) and national protocols or standard operating procedures are followed. These include SOPs on the safe storage, administration and disposal of the vaccine.
- Assist in the monitoring and maintenance of the health, safety and security of self and others in work area. Assist in the identification and assessment risks in work activities.
- Practise in accordance with the professional, ethical and legal codes of the site and its protocols and guidelines
- Work with team to maintain high standards of infection control in the clinical area and a well-maintained department environment
- Actively promote diversity and sustain relationships that promote dignity, rights and responsibilities. Identify and take action to address discrimination and oppression.
- Ensure that the practice complies with Data Protection/ Confidentiality/ Caldicott principles in addition to Statutory and Regulatory guidelines of the Professional Bodies (NMC, GPhC, HCPC and others).
- Safeguard people by recognising and responding when an adult or child might be at risk from abuse but also recognising their own limits and asking for help and escalate concerns when necessary.
- Reflect on everyday practice to identify areas where improvements in safety or quality can be made.
- Maintain compliance with staff mandatory training requirements.
- • Educated to degree level (level 5) in relevant subject or equivalent level of experience of working at a similar level in specialist area
- • Registered Health Care Professional e.g. NMC for nurses, GPhC for pharmacists and equivalent for other healthcare professionals
- • Current immunisation training / update or willingness to undertake
- • Knowledge of immunisation schedules in accordance with national recommendations
- • Practical skills and knowledge of cold chain procedures and medicines management
Experience and skills
- • Experience of working as part of a multi-disciplinary team
- • Clear communicator with excellent oral, writing, and presentation skills
- • An ability to maintain confidentiality and trust
You must have appropriate UK professional registration.
This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Documents to download
Further details / informal visits contact
- Julie Wheeldon
- Job title
- Clincal Lead Staffing for Safe Care
- Email address
- Telephone number
If you have problems applying, contact
People Resource Team
Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust
Walton Hospital Peter McCarthy Suite
- 07795 641210